Category Archives: writing

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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A Writer’s Dream

This week’s topic: 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? … 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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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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Just My Two Cents

Many times when people find out I’m a writer they’ll say, “I always wanted to write a book too.” My answer? “That’s great. You should do it.” All the while I’m aware that most of them were just making conversation, … 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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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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Keeping Busy During a Pandemic

Since staying home due to the coronavirus, I’ve done a lot of reading, and I’ve done some writing too. I’m working on a book that I started some time ago. I decided to share a scene with you. Here’s the … Continue reading

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