This week I’m in California visiting family, so while I’m gone I’m going to send you on a scavenger hunt. Luckily there’s nothing to actually scavenge except fun and ideas. Like many of you I’ve found some great ways to waste time on the web. I’ve also found some great ways to improve my writing and…

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I wish I could have shown this video about famous failures to my kids when they were growing up, though it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at this whatever age you are and about once a month. No matter how talented and smart and beautiful and charming you are, life has a way of…

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If you’re new to The Writing Process 2015, these posts are a chance to share my journey through my latest novel, starting right at ground zero. Today let’s talk point of view. What a busy book week. While I have created and considered a number of scenes for When We Were Sisters–the writing of which I’m sharing with…

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I’m having so much fun working on my latest book. In fact I’m having so much fun writing actual chapters that I decided not to stop the flow this week to create another blog post. Luckily for me, my publisher did a short interview that they’ve just put up on line and along the way asked some…

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If you’re new to The Writing Process 2015, these posts are a chance to share my journey through my latest novel, starting right at ground zero. I keep a calendar as I write. Not one where I can mark off how many pages I’ve written. For me that feels too much like a race to…

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“I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seed every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life. It is the tree’s way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the…

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Two years ago I started playing Mah Jongg when a neighbor offered to teach a small group of us. My week was filled with writing, but I thought it was time for a change. Maybe trying something new would jump start new ideas. I kicked myself numerous times after I said I would give the group a…

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