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Archive for November 2011

What's on Your Creativity Agenda This Week?

 We’re at the beach for a few days of writing and photography. Here’s the sunset view from my deck captured with my iPad (clearly I’m not the photographer!). I’ll be writing with pen on paper tomorrow, as I like to do every once in a while to tap into a different part of my brain,…

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A Morning of Simple Pleasures

Have you ever had a day where so many tiny magical things happen that you can’t help but smile? This morning started out like any other Monday morning. I drove to my appointment with the podiatrist, dreading The Needle (if you’ve ever had a cortisone shot in your foot, you know what I’m talking about).…

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Story Weekend: Most Memorable Shopping Trip

 I was going to post a more substantive theme for this weekend but decided everyone is probably out shopping anyway, so I might as well join the fun. I’m not a fan of shopping, but I’ll do my best to contribute. If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme…

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Some Stuff About Kiss River

Kiss River is the middle book of the Keeper of the Light trilogy and I’m happy that my publisher is giving the whole trilogy a second life by re-releasing the books one by one. The first book, Keeper of the Light, came out in April. Kiss River was published today. And the final book, Her…

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My Newly Designed Website

My web peeps just updated my website and I love it! They incorporated one of John’s photos into the background, which makes it feel really personal to me. The featured book on the home page is now Kiss River and you can click on the cover to read chapter one if you like. Kiss River, a re-issue, is the middle…

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Story Weekend: Money

My bookkeeper’s on her way over to help me get organized. I can’t wait (I’m being facetious). So of course I have money on the brain, bringing back memories of having no money, having little money, having what felt like lots of money and then spending it too quickly, etc. The tooth fairy, allowances (never…

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I Need Your Help Again!

As I mentioned a while back, I plan to have the covers of my backlist e-books redesigned. I’d love it if you could help me with some decisions along the way. Here’s the first choice I have to make for my book Reflection.  Which cover appeals to you the most? Left or Right? (Try to…

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Story Weekend: Your Childhood Kitchen

I’m a little late getting Story Weekend up this weekend due to company, but here we go! Sometimes when I teach workshops on characterization, I have participants do an exercise I always find helpful. First, I have them close their eyes and then remember the kitchen from their childhood home–everything they can see and hear…

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What's Wrong with this Picture?

I was going through my pictures from last week’s retreat with my fellow writers when I came across this one. I didn’t notice it when I snapped the pic, but my bud Alexandra Sokoloff, ordinarily so beautiful, looks a little . . . octopus-like, doesn’t she? It took me a minute to realize she was…

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