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Noticing Newbies: December 16, 2015 Issue [#7369]

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Noticing Newbies


 This week: If you don't need it... Cut it...
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

I am a stay at home, dyslexic, homeschooling mother of 6. I only ever wanted three things in my life.. A good husband, wonderful kids and to be a writer.

High School gave me the chance to find my husband . The Universe blessed us with a good marriage and awesome kids. WDC gave me a chance to at least feel like a writer. They embraced me with all my writing flaws and gave me the chance to do this newsletter every month despite my obvious shortcomings.

Friends have jokingly suggested that I drank the WDC kool-aide. I will happily agree. I did and I am so glad I did. Here is to all of our new members finding their writing home with us as well.


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Letter from the editor

Happy Holidays! and Welcome to WDC to all our newest members. I hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful beginning to your week.

I spent most of this past weekend running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Of course, I am sure everyone who is reading this probably did as well. Hubby got a Christmas bonus from work and decided that we needed to Christmas shop at the flea market. You have to understand something about the area I live in. We have a free newspaper depicting all the flea markets because there are so many. We went to two this weekend One is the dream of any cast Iron or old tool lover. Song Bird walked through the place like a child at Disney World. "Mom have you seen this? Mom! Look at this!"

I came away with an old Broad Fork to turn my garden. AmbyK discovered percolators and decided that even though I have a brand new coffee maker, she wanted to make coffee the old fashioned way.

The second stop was our favorite flea market where I rarely go and don't buy anything. My husband and son found an old gaming system, I mean think nearly as old as Atari, in pretty good condition and had to have it. Then my husband found a food processor of sorts that had all these attachments and can do everything from slice and dice, to core, stuff sausage and manicotti, to make juice. I wasn't sure. It was twenty dollars and seemed like it was going to take up a lot of space for something I probably wouldn't use more than once every couple of months. But, he was looking at it like my brand new, in the box, bread maker we got for ten dollars. Once he looked it up and realized that the retail price was close to $150.00 dollars there was no telling him no.

So here I sit, my kitchen a mess from making Christmas Cookies knowing that on top of my cabinets way above where I could ever reach sits this thing that now looks more like a jack holding up the roof. What can I say I'm blind so that's what it looks like. He's proud of the deal and all I see is more clutter. Sure, I do want to try my hand at making sausage and it will help the next time I make Manicoti which is like once every five or six years but, until then, it's just clutter.

Sometimes, in writing, as in life, we don't know when to say no to clutter. We like a scene because its funny. We can justify keeping everything because it "adds to the character", but ask yourself, does it add to the story? Is it just extra fluff to help show the character but bogs down the story? If so then it may be the cheapest expensive food processor turned roof jack you have ever written.

Everything you write should further develop one of the characters and it should all help to move the story forward. If it doesn't then your just hanging on to clutter because it seems like a good deal, not because you really need it.

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