Cryptic Cryptids

Let’s talk about cryptids. What are cryptids, you ask? Well, according to the Oxford Dictionary, a cryptid is “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.” (I’m usually a Merriam-Webster gal, but to my surprise, they didn’t...

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Catch the Train!

I’m watching trains in Durand, Michigan today. The sky is a vibrant blue, dotted with fluffy clouds. Late-summer crickets and other noisy bugs are humming. There’s a soft wind blowing, bringing the promise of fall along with it. In the background, there’s a dozer or...

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Random Ramblings – One

I forgot to blog today. Okay, let’s be literal – I almost forgot to blog today. Why? I don’t want to go into that. Nope. Maybe some day. So instead, I’m scrambling to figure out what to talk about. I apologize in advance for my poor planning. Let’s see… it looks like...

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Whatcha Watching?

We finally got around to watching The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society last night. I can’t adequately express to you how excited I was when I saw the first trailer months ago. The book is my favorite, hands down, and everything I’d heard and seen about...

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Music

As I was writing along on Easton's book the other day, I was thinking about what his daily routine would be. It isn't giving anything away to tell you that Easton is no longer working with Sawyer, though he did for quite a while. Instead, he's taken up what seems to...

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The Balloon

I first met Lula Gibson in first grade. We were in Mrs. Mullins's class along with about thirty other kids. For the next twelve or so years of our lives, ten months out of the year, we spent on average five days a week together. We weren't in the same class every...

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Say Again?

There are words and phrases that become so much a part of us, we don't realize how special they are when we use them. When I sit down to write, most of the time I don't have to consciously think about what a character's voice sounds like. I don't mean what the timbre...

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A Daily Blog?

Over the last eighteen months or so, I've given up on blogging. There were a few reasons for this departure, some personal, some professional. I've been focusing on other things, and the blog has fallen… Well, I won't say behind since there wasn't a schedule to which...

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Shadows… again?

Update: As of October 7, 2017, the series relaunch has begun! Please visit www.authoralexcollins.com for more details. Wow, it’s been a while! I’m so sorry – I always have good intentions about not neglecting this blog. Someday, I’ll get better. Maybe. Eh… probably...

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