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Hope Through Authenticity

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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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August 10, 2020
HE DIED BUT HE WILL NOT GO AWAY

My dad died last year. I miss him but he never really went away because I hear his voice – and not in a good way – all the damn time. Today, I was rewarded with a publisher expressing interest (and sending a contract) for my second novel, The Unexpected Gift. This publisher is also […]

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July 27, 2020
He Refuses To Get Help

Someone very close to me made a series of decisions (and behaviors) that forced his life to implode. I know the word “force” is strong, but he put two or three people into situations where they had no choice except to react harshly. I’m going to call this person Y. Y is an adult – […]

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July 20, 2020
UNDERSTANDING WHAT MY VOICE IS (and being okay with it)

Two things happened recently that bothered me until I gave it all more thought and listened to wise counsel: First, I’m in a writer’s critique group and while I often get praise for the chapters, I never get praise for the story. I get this – “well, it’s not the type of story I’d want […]

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July 6, 2020
My Mouth and My Brain

“The words fell out of my mouth without my brain straining a muscle.” I wrote the above sentence when one my characters said something mean and nasty and f*cking hilarious. My writing friend, that wonderful technicality wizard, struck the line from the manuscript. She said, “Words cannot form without the brain first engaging.” Technically, I […]

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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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