Category Archives: big plans

Heeeere, Shippy, Shippy, Shippy!

This week:  If, suddenly, after all your years of writing, your “ship” finally came in and your titles were receiving wide acclaim (and sales… and INCOME), what would you like to do with that “positioning” to help aspiring writers? That’s … Continue reading

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When My Ship Comes In

If, suddenly, after all your years of writing, your “ship” finally came in and your titles were receiving wide acclaim (and sales… and INCOME), what would you like to do with that “positioning” to help aspiring writers? Any particular age … Continue reading

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POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman

Since the first time I saw it on TV as a teenager, one of my favorite movies has been “Inn of the Sixth-Happiness”, with Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jürgens and Robert Donat.  I bought a VHS tape of it when as … Continue reading

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Abundant Advice for Aspiring Authors

This week: What advice would you give to an aspiring author? I actually have a list. There have been many who talk to me about writing. I also have had many young writers around or in touch with me, so … Continue reading

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Guest: Author/Psychologist Mary Kennedy

Once again, I find myself Facebook Friends with a writer who is also a psychologist. (Perhaps I should ask them what this means?) Mary Kennedy is a prolific writer with over fifty published works. She blogs with our friend Duffy … Continue reading

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New Normal Hasn’t Set In Yet

So here I am, in quarantine most of the time, but still busier than I expected, even though it is now just The Husband and me at home. Phone calls and texts; Son #2 in and out of the hospital, … Continue reading

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Get Ready For Spring

“What do you do to welcome/get ready for spring?” Like for everyone else, things are a bit different this year, due to the novel Covid virus. But here is what hasn’t changed. I’m cleaning out closets, getting rid of clothes … Continue reading

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Travels With My Family

When on a trip (either a long vacation or a day trip) how do you occupy the travel time, or keep the kids occupied? With kids, it is a little different. When my kids were under 8-10, we lived in … Continue reading

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Shoot For the Moon

“You’ve been asked to ghostwrite an autobiography for someone famous; you get to spend two weeks with this person as they tell you stories and details of their life. Who do you hope that celebrity is?” Oh, gosh, so many … Continue reading

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