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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

Archive for October 2015

Question and Answer: Facebook Readers to the Rescue

I have to smile. I just looked up the blogs listed here under I Really Want to Know. And yes, after difficult deadlines, apparently question and answer seems positively enlightened. I came up with the same solution in 2013, proving once again that we are, if nothing else, creatures of habit.My Facebook Readers came to the rescue this time,…

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Sunday Inspiration: Becoming Kinder

Are you a kind person? Would you like to be kinder? Becoming kinder is something all of us — or almost all of us — strive for. Why? Because we want to be good people mostly. But to be honest there’s a selfish reason as well: we know that the kinder we are the happier…

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The Writing Process 2015: Saying Goodbye to Characters

Are you a fan of classic movies? Remember all the times a novelist–usually madly typing on a vintage typewriter–finished his book with a flourish, and as the camera moved over his shoulder, typed “The End.” He (it’s usually a he) ripped the paper out of his machine, stuffed it, along with a huge stack of similar pages, into a manila envelope…

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Sunday Inspiration: Hope in spite of…

This short video moved me and I think it will move you, too. I find it perplexing that people who have so much going for them are often starved for hope –celebrities come to mind who seem to have everything and yet become addicted or suicidal. Others have so little and yet live with and inspire…

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The Blog That Isn’t Today

Just a quick heads-up. I’m nearly finished editing my latest book, When We Were Sisters. I hoped to blog today, but the book keeps calling. So tune in next week and I’ll be back. I’m planning to tell you all about this final stage of writing a novel. If I survive it. For those of…

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Sunday Inspiration: Love is better

These words seem so obvious in a way, and yet so difficult to achieve. Certainly love is better, hope is better, and optimism is better. But the hard part is keeping those values central in our lives, like the sun being framed by the heart of hands in the photo. Every day,  a multitude of…

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Writers Conferences: NINC 2015

I’m home from the Novelists INC conference in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Tradewinds Resort after a jam-packed four days of workshops, conversations and panels. Wow. My head is still spinning. So much energy, so much I still don’t know. Everything in publishing is changing at the speed of light, and it’s difficult, if not impossible,…

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Sunday Inspiration: The Impostor Syndrome

  Do you suffer from The Impostor Syndrome? You would be surprised how many people do — including me. No matter how successful you may be, you may feel like an impostor and fraud. I feel it sometimes when I’m with colleagues, which I am now. Attending the annual NINC conference are authors who have…

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