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50015 words - a book update

With the increased time at home, I am keeping to a more regular writing schedule. Although I find my mind wanders easily, so a bit of a crap-shoot on the productivity front, but this week I did pass the 50,000-words mark.
Why does this number make me happy? Because its my light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel number.
The first 15,000 or so words of a manuscript tend to come a little easier for me. I'm fresh. I'm introducing characters and setting up the story. 
I'm usually in a positive frame of mind.

Then around the 15,000 to 30,000 word area, particularly with this book, things got murky. I started to question some of my plot decisions and got a bit mired down in the process. I think I ripped apart and re-wrote my outline for this book about five times around this point. 
I felt a little lost.

As I went through the 30,000 to 45,000 word portion of the manuscript, I definitely decided...
1) The story is a rambling mess that makes no sense.
2) Who thought that plot twist was a g…

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Real or Reproduction

As you are hunting around for treasure at yard sales and flea markets, you will come across things that make you wonder if they are original or reproductions. It can be hard to tell.

These are a couple tip offs.

One, does it look a little worn? It should if its really antique or vintage. Even the best kept china got moved around in the cabinet, the doll's vinyl body and hair faded a bit, or the lunch box got a little rust around the hinges. If it looks shiny and new, chances are it is.

Two, are there a lot of them? If you are in a shop or flea market stall and there are ten of the items you've been looking for and haven't been able to find...they have probably been manufactured. Unless you are at a reputable dealer who specializes in that item, then you may have hit the jackpot for your particular collectible.

A good way to gauge if it is a reputable dealer is they will be happy to answer your questions about if the item is authentic or not, and how you can tell. A dealer with a passion and knowledge about that item, will enjoy explaining that all to you. A disreputable dealer, not so much.

Carol Ann Miller
Proprietor, Miller's Fine Antiques