Author Archives: Sally

Read More Books!

Months after its release, I finally watched Ender’s Game. Now I know why I read. A lot. Movies often disappoint. I read Ender’s Game when it first hit the shelves in 1985. Yes, I was alive and literate in 1985. … Continue reading

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Be Prepared

I prepare for emergencies. It must be that early Girl Scout training. FEMA advises that everyone should have a disaster plan. So, what plans should a writer formulate over and above the usual FEMA stuff? 1. Plan for your risks. … Continue reading

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Writing in Layers

So what have I been up to since my last post? Reading, writing, working. The usual. The largely finished novel is receiving a final polish. There are two novels “in transition.” They have shape and text, but are nowhere near … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Gibran

Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. Khalil Gibran This morning, I had a dream moments before the pesky alarm was to ring. It was a wonderful, amazing dream, encapsulating every wish currently whirring around my brain. … Continue reading

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Tool Magic

Have I mentioned I’m a tool junkie? Chain saw, power washer, detail sander. You name it. I’m a girl who’s not afraid to get her manicured nails dirty. These past few weeks, I put my gadgets to good use sprucing … Continue reading

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Today’s Inspiration

Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice. Cypher Raige in After Earth

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Quote for the Day

Novels aren’t just happy escapes; they are slivers of people’s souls, nailed to the pages, dripping ink from veins of wood pulp. –Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz and the Evil Librarian

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#PitMad

Last week, I frittered away a lovely Friday afternoon deep in the throes of the #pitmad twitter party. If you’re a writer and don’t know about this action-packed, hair-raising event, read up. This is a golden opportunity to see if … Continue reading

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Hey Soul Sister

Mid-October, my blog writing winked out. That’s when my dearest friend returned to the hospital, her once-stable blood count a barely detectible blip on the usual charts. She was holed up in the Long Branch hospital as Hurricane Sandy pounded … Continue reading

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Inspiration

A few weeks back, a beta reader was going through my latest novel and asked, “Where did you come up with your story idea?” I wanted to tell her I woke up one morning and, voila, I had a terrifically … Continue reading

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