That One Time I Created a Survey for My Readers (That Means You)

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Ufta! Oh, my. The winds are blowing around Bedford Manor. It’s times like these I’m glad the FabFurFour are indoor cats. And just as the wind is blowing outside, the winds of change are sweeping on the inside.

First things first: Y’all may have noticed a few subtle changes lately. Yup. I done and did it. I streamlined my social media from @RealMojo68 to @MollyJoRealy. I figure it’s my name, it’s a good name (thanks, folks!), so why not use it? Also, I know you know, but it kinda helps people to find me easier … read the rest. . .

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That One Time I Forgot I Was a Writer

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

So, this thing happened. Actually, a lot of things happened. And I quit writing. #truestory.

Now, as Al Gansky often says, “You can quit anytime you want. You just can’t stay quit.” Easy for you to say, Pops.

But I wasn’t ready to unquit. I wasn’t ready to put on my Big Girl pants and move forward. I was ready to drown my sorrows in a nice vat of sweet tea.

I was pretty much embroiled in a two-week, flu-and-medication induced, nobody-really-cares-about-NOLA pity party. Uhm, yeah. I’d collected about four rejection letters from agents and … read the rest. . .

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Five Things Friday: Instead of a Writers Conference

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

True story. I’m on the phone with SuperGirl ~ our weekly two-hour catch-up call ~ and she says . . . Wait for it. Get this.

She says, “I don’t know if I’m going to Blue Ridge next year.”

MoJoWriterGirlsays “Say, whhaaat?!”

Of course, Blue Ridge isn’t Blue Ridge without my posse. And I’m super happy because during the interview for my now-you-know-about-it new career, I told them straight up, I need a week in May. I’m already committed to being out of state. They nodded. They approved.

So. Girlfriend. If I’m going, you’re going. … read the rest. . .

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Upcoming Firsts in Fiction: The Care and Feeding of Your Idea

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Hey, peeps. We’re gearing up for another great podcast next Tuesday.

And since I’m starting a new career swing this week and a little scattered, today’s blog post is just to encourage you to give us a watch.

Every other Tuesday, 6:30 pm, live at

Next week our topic is The Care and Feeding of Your Idea.

What questions do you have about maintaining a healthy work in progress? Leave a comment and we’ll do our best to answer. You can also leave non-topic Ask The Author questions, too.

Now ain’t that a … read the rest. . .

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Firsts in Fiction: Everything You Wanted to Know About Writing But Were Afraid to Ask

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

So this was us a year and a half ago [has it really been that long?!] at Blue Ridge. They’re celebrating awards and I’m celebrating the fact I could jump in high heels.

Ahh, good times.

So, next week we’re doing a slightly different podcast, which y’all may have surmised from the title of this post.

Everything you wanted to know about writing but were afraid to ask.

This is where you come in. As with any creative endeavor, we want to do it right. And while the hosts and moi have our ideas and … read the rest. . .

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