Scalp Psoriasis# – Ding dong the “witch” is dead….well, at least at bay – Pt.2

In posts past, I’ve sung the praises of Taclonex for successfully treating my scalp psoriasis.  Believe it or not, I did not have another flare up until about a month ago.  That’s about two years of relief.

My doctor renewed my prescription and I was off to see the wizard.  Unfortunately, the wizard is now in a posh gated mansion with manicured lawns.  What used to cost $50 is now $474 (and yes that’s after insurance and discounts).  I could not believe the cost of Taclonex went up almost 9.5 times in two years.  That’s ridiculous.  The good thing is that there was an alternative and it has worked just as great.

That alternative is Clobetasol 0.05% topical solution.  With insurance it was $79.  I think it’s around $200 without.  I used it two times per day for four weeks. In about three or four days, the plaques on my scalp were gone, but I continued as prescribed to keep them at bay.

We’ll see how it goes from here, but I hope this helps someone.  This information is based on my experience and treatment plan from my physician.  Check with your doctor or dermatologist to see if this medication will work for you.

Melanie V. Logan

The interesting thing about looking at stats and likes is that it often tells us what kinds of things our readers and visitors like or find useful. One of the posts that have stuck out is the post I wrote in January about scalp psoriasis. Granted, the main purpose of me creating this blog was to hone writing skills and share information about the craft, but I’m not too proud or picky to exclude discussing other things. With that said, I’m happy to pass on information that may help someone else. And without further ado, I’ll share another update on my progress.

After the last post about scalp psoriasis, I had a couple of pea-sized patches to form. This was around the first part of March. One was in the back left side of my scalp, and the other on the left side about 2 inches above my ear. They…

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Anaphora Paragraphing?

I would love to see the research on this topic!  There have been many a time I’ve written something only to notice the same word starting each paragraph.  And when reading it, it sounded just as off as it looked on the screen.

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A dictionary definition of “Anaphora” would state, the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs.

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and on the streets, we shall fight in the hills.” – Winston Churchill

“This blessed plot, this Earth, this realm, this England.” – William Shakespeare

From the above examples, you can see how this technique is used for a heightened dramatic effect.

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The word “paragraph” in the definition poses a bit of a problem. Other language / writing guru’s like Hofmann referred to the paragraph as a natural barrier to anaphora. Creativity Hacker refers to starting paragraphs with the same word whether consecutively or just too often as “Echoing Headwords.” This concept seems to apply to both paragraphs and consecutive sentences.

Let’s say that your MC is…

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7 #Lessons I Wish Someone Had Taught Me Before I Started #Writing

Great post!  And I concur about the rush of excitement jumping into the writing world. In addition to what you’ve mentioned, I’ve gotten sidetracked and overwhelmed with the business side of writing to the point that I lost focus on the main ingredient – writing the story.  I’m back on track and have joined a new critique group.  The sky’s the limit! 🙂

Sacha Black

lessons learntWhen I first started writing, I was worse than a kid in a toy store. I wanted it ALL…NOW. I was desperate to be ‘good’ at writing. I didn’t want to just ‘be’ a writer, I wanted to Stephen King that shit.

I was deluded. Not because of my dream, but because I was unconsciously incompetent!

I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Which frankly, at that point, was less than fuck all. So I set about rampaging my way through everything that had even the faintest whiff of ‘writing tips’ attached to it.

The problem was, I got overwhelmed, saturated with conflicting advice and utterly bewildered as to which direction to go in. I didn’t know what to learn or how to learn it.

I realised there was no avoiding the fact it really does just take time to develop your writing muscle. However… along the way, I also picked up some pretty nifty tricks that…

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morguefile_file00048407637What a wonderful, touching story!  I didn’t have an imaginary friend as a child, but there were times when I’d pretend to be a super star.  Sometimes I’d be a famous actress, and others a singer. But with either my imagination ran rampant with the places I went and things experienced.


I remember being so shy in primary school, right from class one to class eight, being unable to say ‘present sir’ in class and being too intimidated to play with my classmates who ran themselves thin on Mindililwo primary school’s wide fields. I naturally developed affection for our farm livestock as a result, and spent many sunny days stroking and hugging our cows. Still I felt something was amiss. I needed a friend I could talk to and laugh with (I have to confess that the kids at the Mindililwo were so kind and did their best to draw me out of my shell but to no avail).

One day (I think I was in class two or three), I dreamt that a man with purple skin, a long tail, with an egg balancing on his head, came to my room, held my hand and walked me outside, where we…

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#Writing and #Social Interaction: Why People Need People


Melanie V. Logan

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Writing is one of those things that can be a lone task. We’re in our heads creating plots and developing characters, figuring out how to paint pictures with words  others can read, see, and feel. But does writing have to be an introverted undertaking? Of course not.

As mentioned in Lisa J. Jackson’s post about meeting other writers, there are a plethora of avenues online and local for writers to connect.  This can be great for support and feedback as well as developing professional and social relationships. But is online more beneficial than off?

My interactions thus far have been online. WordPress, Goodreads, Scribophile, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association are a few of my go tos. Each filled with talented writers and authors who aren’t afraid to ask for or share help, which is absolutely wonderful. What I also glean is industry info so I can stay abreast, tips…

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Vocabulary and Readability #Resources for Improved #Writing


Melanie V. Logan


Sometimes when writing, I run into a brick wall in search of a better word or emotion, or want to check how well my writing will read.  Below are a list of resources that I use for those occasions.

Vocabulary Lists
It is said that most adults read at an 8th or 9th grade level.  These vocabulary list are words that students are expected to know by the end of each grade.  I have to admit after reviewing, I did learn a thing or two. 
8th Grade
9th Grade

Emotion Words and Definitions
If you’re looking for the right emotion for your character, but can’t put a finger on it, look no further.  These lists include most emotions with descriptions.
Emotional Vocabulary List
Definition of Emotions

Readability Checkers
Readability checkers determine the reading level of content based on grade or comprehension.  This can be especially useful when writing children’s…

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