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Blogs of Writer, Artist, Photographer, & Caregiver Joanne D. Kiggins

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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Working on stories as I wait.

Not much editing work has been done on my manuscript. I’ve been too busy thinking of stories and pushing myself to write for the contest. One thing for sure – this contest has rejuvenated my creative writing juices. I’ve put out more words in the past months than I have in the past six months. If I don’t make it to the next round, I won’t be upset; this competition has been a wonderful boost for me. I’ve managed to write six new stories and rework four older pieces. Once the contest is over, or I’m eliminated, I’ll have plenty of material to submit to publications.

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