Category Archives: inspiration

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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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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Guest Author: Charlotte Brothers and Creatures of Habit

Last month, during our RWA virtual chapter meeting, two of our members announced the publication of their first books. As this is always a momentous occasion, I invited them both to come here and share a bit about how their … Continue reading

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LISTen, Remind Me…

“What is something for which you constantly need reminding? ” That never used to be a problem for me. Oh, I could go on about memory in general, but I will try to make it brief. I was the one … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Yes, That Really Happened

Our question for this week is, “Have you used something that happened to you in real life in any of your stories? Did you change it at all?” I’ve often remarked that each of my female protagonists shares something with … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Rose Fresquez and First Site

This month, I’ve invited another member of the Sweet Critique Group, my subgroup of the Writing Gals Critique Group, to highlight some of her writing and share a bit of her journey to publication. Rose is a busy mom, but … Continue reading

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Subleties

I have always been aware of how a simple gift can lift a spirit, how a kind remark or compliment can make a day, or even be remembered for years by the recipient. I also know that a mean action … 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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So, You Want to Be a Writer?

This week’s topic: What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Last week, I participated in a faculty writing retreat at the university where I teach. Normally, these retreats take place on campus, but due to stay-at-home orders we … Continue reading

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