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Who Wants to Join the September “Hour a Day” Challenge?

And….once again, the long lazy days of summer are behind us, school is back in session, and autumn is on its way. For many writers (especially those with kids at home), autumn means a return to order, the end of summer chaos and distraction, and a big relief. But I’m a teacher, and that means […]

Eyes on the Skies!!

I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve had today marked on my calendar for well over a year now! More than 30 years ago, I read Annie Dillard’s fabulously beautiful essay Total Eclipse (which The Atlantic has made available online until tomorrow…seriously, check it out!!!). Dillard’s description of the otherwordly, mindblowing experience of […]

Emotional Milestones

Like many of you, I wear my heart on my sleeve, unable to disguise my moments of joy or sorrow. I weep my way equally through births, deaths, weddings, graduations, pretty sunsets, rainbows, and Hallmark movies. You name the occasion, I’ve cried during it. And if I’m in a room with you and you are […]

Which Potion Would You Choose?

Several versions of this question were making the social media rounds in the last few weeks. This is the one I saw on a friend’s Facebook feed: I saw a few others versions of the question as well, with slightly different options (a popular version made the Red potion “1 billion dollars in cash” and […]

Connecting with Readers

In today’s writing world, it isn’t enough to just write a book. (LOL! As if “just” writing a book is easy, because it totally is NOT easy.) With the inundation of daily online information readily available, modern readers really want to connect with their favorite authors, whether through social media, snail-mail, or in person (and […]

MY DRYWALL HAS A HOLE IN IT!

I was going to title this blog ‘I’m pissed’ but it’s not about me being pissed as a writer but more so as a reader who recently mentally threw a digital book I bought for $5.99 against the wall. Why? Because the author totally, blatantly portrayed the book to be romantic suspense and she stated […]

Attitude is Everything

Do you ever have one of those weeks where it seems like the universe is banging you over the head with a message?  Lately I seem to be having a lot of conversations about attitude and how it can drastically impact our success or lack thereof.  The universe’s barrage on the importance of attitude culminated […]

Release Craziness! A List of Book Release Steps

Hello, everyone! I have a book coming out next week. Yay! And I’ve been busy <pant, pant, hands on knees>, very busy trying to get everything in order for the big day. First of all, for those of you who do all the release work on your own because you’re self-publishing – I don’t know […]

Happy New Year

To me, this is the new year. Summer vacation is almost over. Our kids are going back to school in 3 weeks. In some places, they’ll be back in school even earlier. We’re looking forward to cooler nights, to exercising outside without melting into our shoes, to football season, and to getting into a regular […]

Alert! Alert! Only Four Weeks of Summer Remain!

I just checked: there are four weeks left in summer. I’m not talking about official summer. (That ends September 22). I’m talking about school-year summer, the time when the kids are sitting next to you doing Legos (instead of being in school) while you try to write a blog post. (Oh, hai). Then they want […]

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