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Stories With Barbara: Hidden

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month . I have a strong interest in this cause. Why? I divorced my first husband on the grounds of domestic violence. He later lost his visitation rights--yes, the courts gave him visitation originally--due to child abuse. It's a personal issue for me. That's one reason why I write about strong women. I want to provide role models for young girls, and not-so-young girls, to follow. No one should have to live in fear from their closest loved ones. I have a short short story on my YouTube channel today that I'd love for you to watch. This one is disturbing, but it's important that we don't sweep the issue of domestic violence under the rug. I hope you'll watch the video. At the end, I share some current statistics on domestic violence in the US as well as the hotline number. The hotline number is also below the video. Caught in abuse or know someone who is or you suspect is? Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Text: START to 887

What Does the Editor Mean By ...?

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A few years ago, I created a list of terms to share with am editing client. It's important for writers to understand these terms, or writer's jargon, in order to make decisions about suggestions made by the editor. Many writers know these terms. If you have not worked with an editor or critique group, several of these may be unfamiliar to you.  For the second group of people, see how many you know. Ask questions in the comments if you need clarification on anything. For the first group of people, what would you add? Answer in the comments.

Stories With Barbara: Just Me

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It's time for another installment of Stories with Barbara on YouTube. If you haven't visited my YouTube channel , you'll find more stories and other videos there, so check it out and subscribe. This week's story is "Just Me." It appeared in moonShine review, Vol 12, Issue 2.  This story is very different from the other stories I've posted, and I hope you'll find some humor in it. If you like it, please share it!

50 YA SciFi and Fantasy Books? Yep!

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I don't know about you, but when Autumn rolls around, I love to curl up in a comfy chair with a hot drink and lose myself in the world of another book. If that sounds like paradise to you, then guess what? There's an amazing book contest going on right now, and you won't want to miss it! 📚 If you haven’t read THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH , winner of the Imadjinn Best Fantasy Novel, you can enter to win it on BookSweeps today — plus 50 exciting Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy novels from a great collection of authors AND a brand new eReader! 😲 I know, right? It's hard to believe, but it's true. Here's a peek at this amazing library worth over $500. Here’s the link to enter 👉 bit.ly/YASFF-Sep21 This contest ends on Sept. 29, so don't wait! When you’re done, comment to let me know you’ve entered. My fingers are crossed that one of my loyal readers will win. AND, if you know someone who would like these books, then share this giveaway with them and on your