Category Archives: Blog

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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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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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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Grammar Rulez

Okay. Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a writing side job. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… Facebook posts? Twitter? Editing the master’s thesis?  If you haven’t, once your friends find out you write, you will. So read up. This past … Continue reading

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What to do when an Agent says No

Attention Writers! I am interrupting this blog for an important public service announcement. Believe me, I am passionate about my writing. And the search for an agent can be horribly frustrating. But it is NEVER EVER acceptable to hunt down … Continue reading

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