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Now for something completely different: a romance

Because I play golf, I meet new people all the time. Ben and I are often paired up with two other players in a foursome, and with two exceptions in twelve years, the experience has been great. It has taught me that if you leave politics and religion at home, you can...
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Coming Home

It’s like coming home again!  This morning, the Story City Herald–where I got my first job as a journalist back in 1970–ran a flattering article about my writing career. The editor, Todd Thorson, is the son of my first newspaper bosses, Elly and...
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Come and see my new website!

Hooray! My new website is up and running. If you’re not already reading this blog post there, please go to www.marjcharlier.com and see it. Also, please sign up for my “newsletter” if you’re prompted to do so. It’s really just a way to let you know when I have a new...
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What the hell was the USGA thinking?

On this blog, I occasionally write about the novels I’m working on, writing, politics, dogs, trips we’re taking, books I’m reading, and golf. I actually write very little about golf, because I realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Also, in spite of the prevalence of...
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What’s happening here and who’s in charge?

The other day, Marcia was sitting at the regular Wednesday morning coffee klatch with her friends Jackie, Liz, and Caroline, when something happened that came as a total surprise to me. They had just finished a pleasant conversation about Liz’s gardening plan when...
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Now that the Primaries are Over: Campaign or Theater?

Whichever candidate they supported, Democrats should be proud that their primary debates were usually about policy (Sanders’ comments that Clinton was “unqualified” notwithstanding) and not about character assassination, name calling, minority bashing, and body-part...
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Welcome to Johnson Station, Iowa

Johnson Station is a small town in Iowa, set in the middle of a triangle delineated by Marshalltown, Iowa City and Des Moines. About 1,500 people live there, many of them of Scandinavian descent, and agriculture has been both the town’s raison d’etre and the reason...
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The Good Research and the Bad

Monday, Ben and I drove through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on our way back from Las Vegas. It was for work.  It was research. When I was a reporter, I couldn’t wait to get the point where I could sit down and start writing a story. That is, I...
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The Endless (and Expensive) Edit Explicated

I have taken a few days away from writing the latest novels in my two series in progress—the Johnson Station series and Buen Dia Romance series—in order to copyedit a travel book for a friend from the Palm Springs Writers Guild. As I prepared to send him the redlined...
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NaNoWriMo is What?

Tomorrow the NaNoWriMo challenge begins, and just in time for me. The National Novel Writing Month challenge is to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month. Around the country, people make bets with their writer friends, have “write-ins,” and otherwise try to...
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Now for something completely different: a romance

Because I play golf, I meet new people all the time. Ben and I are often paired up with two other players in a foursome, and with two exceptions in twelve years, the experience has been great. It has taught me that if you leave politics and religion at home, you can...

Coming Home

It’s like coming home again!  This morning, the Story City Herald–where I got my first job as a journalist back in 1970–ran a flattering article about my writing career. The editor, Todd Thorson, is the son of my first newspaper bosses, Elly and...

Come and see my new website!

Hooray! My new website is up and running. If you’re not already reading this blog post there, please go to www.marjcharlier.com and see it. Also, please sign up for my “newsletter” if you’re prompted to do so. It’s really just a way to let you know when I have a new...

What the hell was the USGA thinking?

On this blog, I occasionally write about the novels I’m working on, writing, politics, dogs, trips we’re taking, books I’m reading, and golf. I actually write very little about golf, because I realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Also, in spite of the prevalence of...

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