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November 23, 2020
The “Joy” That Wasn’t: Can Your Emotional Tank Run Empty?

I’ve been struggling to write this blog for several weeks. Not because I don’t want to share but because: I’m not sure I can get the message across I know I’m wrong and that I should feel differently. I also know that I don’t believe in the “should”. Readers will judge me. I judge myself. […]

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November 9, 2020
Emotional Woundings and Their Consequences

As you can imagine, as a writer, I have several different types of thesauruses. One is called The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma by Ackerman and Puglisi. I use this to drill down to the deep soul-need in my character. Then I can construct the plot and force my character to […]

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October 26, 2020
The First Step Into Depression

Most of you know, I suffer with bi-polar. Let me change that verb. I have bi-polar. I decided not the use “suffer” because I don’t live a life of suffering. I live a life of challenges – the challenge to stay out of the pit, the challenge to stay focused and not cave to impulsive […]

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October 12, 2020
The SELFLESSNESS Of Suicide

A dear friend of mine chose to end his life recently. He was 33 and beautiful. Sweet, funny. Silly. Even when he was driving me crazy, he’d make me laugh. You never knew what was going to come out of his mouth and sometimes it was so inappropriate all I could do was wipe the […]

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September 28, 2020
Why? OR What?

Why? Do me a favor, ask yourself these questions. Pay attention to your tone and the look on your face (I know you can’t see your face, but you know what it’s doing!). As you ask these, pay attention to how your body feels and the answer your mind gives FIRST. Ready? -- Why did […]

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September 14, 2020
Criticism: How to Handle

When was the last time you were criticized? Did the answer come to you easily? We hear and absorb criticism so easily. We put the words on a continuous loop and the volume gets louder whenever we see the person who shot the arrow of criticism. Let me give you an example – an easy […]

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September 7, 2020
The Worst- And Best- Part Of Being An Author

I have just finished book two of three in my Hope Series. Editing done. Formatting done. Cover done. I should be dancing down the street. Right? My neighborhood book club suggested we read my book next month. My answer:  HELL NO. Not MY Book Club Why would I say no to a group of ladies […]

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August 31, 2020
Where Do Stories Come From?

My second book, Journey to Hope, recently hit the market. I’ve had many people ask me, “Where did you get the idea?” and “Is any of it true?” Where? Book one, Decide to Hope, came to me in a strange way. I had just returned home from a nine-week stint in a rehab facility after […]

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August 24, 2020
Giving Advice or Instruction

Recently I had a friend say to me, “You’re going to hate what I’ve done.” Would I? Should I? Do I have the right to hate any decision she made? Steph has a sixteen-year-old daughter who is behaving like many teenagers – rebellious one minute, gooey-goodness the next. Good decisions, bad decisions. She began to […]

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August 17, 2020
Writing a Book Parallels Human Experience: Learn From It

We all know good stories are good because they imitate life and allow us to live with a character who is larger than life. Nothing is better than hearing a character say what you wish you could say. Nothing is better than solving a crime with a conniving bastard of a detective. Nothing is better […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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