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Archive for October 2016

Sunday Inspiration: What Scares You?

  Yes, Halloween is tomorrow, and the goblins will be out in force trying their best to find out what scares you. But another holiday that is celebrated in many parts of the world between October 31 and November 2 is the Day of the Dead. In Mexico and Central America this is a raucous…

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Researching a Novel: Accurate But Vague

I’ve spent the past week diligently researching a novel. Not just any novel, but The Swallow’s Nest, my work in progress which is now entering the home stretch. It may seem odd to you that in the home stretch of my novel, I’m still doing research. You might ask yourself why, um. . . is she finally getting around to it now?…

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Sunday Inspiration: Get A Life

Get a life in which you are generous. Look around at the azaleas in the suburban neighborhood where you grew up; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black, black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business taking it for…

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Sunday Inspiration: The Grand Finale

“Fall has always been my favorite season, the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if Nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” -Lauren Destenfano I love living in Florida, but I miss the colors and cooler temperatures of autumn. I did spot one fallen leaf the other day with patches…

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Publishing Questions You Weren’t Afraid to Ask.

When I started my recent mini-series which extended over five weeks, I opened the door to publishing questions.  I received some great ones from readers Marjorie and Pat. Marjorie wanted to know a few things about how books go to print, timetables, drafts, etc. And Pat wanted to know how decisions are made about format for…

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Sunday Inspiration: Let It Go!

“If someone has offended you, insulted you, or disappointed you, LET IT GO! If you are remembering all the ways you have been hurt or forgotten, let it go! Ask yourself, what good does it do for me to hold on to this?” –Iyanla Vanzant from http://theforgivenessproject.com/ Today’s quote is in honor of the High Holy…

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Publishing Today: Readers Have Choices

I’ve just finished my annual trip between houses and to a fabulous writer’s conference. Along the way I thought you might enjoy a brief trip through the world of publishing. We started with traditional publishers, moved on to small presses, then indie publishing, took a quiz and added some fun facts. Now today’s blog is all about…

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Sunday Inspiration: Empty Days

I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can…

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