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About joanstradling

I’m a wife, mother, writer, pet wrangler, crafter, student, and anything else I can fit into my busy schedule. I still hope to ride a dragon, discover a new world by walking through a wardrobe, meet a Hobbit, or any of the other amazing things I read about as a child. In the meantime, I imagine and write about my own incredible worlds and characters–and continue to live vicariously through books.

Writing—Cinnamon Rolls version

Writing is like making cinnamon rolls. To make the dough, you need the right ingredients—characters, wants, needs, plots. You mix these all together and knead into a structured pile of dough—your first draft. Now you wait for it to rise. … Continue reading

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Goals and such

Sometimes you can’t reach a goal you worked toward. That’s okay. It happens to all of us. You have to rethink your strategy, evaluate the goal, and decide how to move forward. That might mean letting go of the goal. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Wisdom

Punctuation and spelling are important. We are human and prone to make mistakes. Is it fun when our mistakes are out there for everyone to see? Nope. Is it the end of the world? Nope. But it can sometimes send … Continue reading

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Find your joy

Ah, what a year it’s been so far. The chaos and the crazy and the frustration have been most prominent, but there’s more to life than this. There is joy. It might be hard to see, but it’s there. Like … Continue reading

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Kindness

Be kind. To everyone. All the time. Even if they’re a pest. We need more kindness in this world.

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Saturday Stuff

Trees may seem to block your way, but, if you persist, there can be a way through. Find your way through. Don’t give up. You got this! Or, if you don’t got this, don’t be afraid to ask for help. … Continue reading

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I live

So…it’s been a while. 😳 Since my last post in 2014, I’ve gone back to school and am nearing the completion of my associate of arts in English. I gained new animals (cat, dog, golden pheasants, ducks, hedgehogs, guinea pigs…I … Continue reading

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Looking Back/Looking Forward

First of all, please forgive any typos you may see in this post. Typing is difficult today since I burned the middle finger on my right hand yesterday in a tragic peanut brittle accident. Some of the candy dripped onto … Continue reading

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Beautiful Book Trailer

Today I’m taking a moment to stop in and share one of the most beautiful book trailers I’ve ever seen. I wanted to read the book anyway (and have pre-ordered my copies), but, after watching the trailer, I wish it … Continue reading

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Monday’s Musings

Happy Columbus Day? Yep. It’s here. That glorious day when we celebrate/honor the man who “discovered” America even though we all know by now that he didn’t even reach North America. I’m not sure why we continue to have a … Continue reading

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