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Archive for May 2012

Join Me for a Live Chat!

I’m so excited! This coming Thursday, May 31st, I’ll be doing a live chat with YOU. That is, if you’ll join me at BookTrib at 3pm, Eastern Time. All you have to do is become a member at BookTrib and RSVP, then show up at 3 on Thursday and you’ll see me on screen, ready…

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The Printable Booklist for You!

Like the view? We just got in from the Surf City (NC) pier, where John filmed surfers and I snapped this shot with my phone. I’m allowed to play when I finish 4000 words each day. Deadline’s coming! But the real point of this post is to remind my readers that I have information on…

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Story Weekend: Envy

John taped two of my favorite shows for me while I was on my writers’ retreat: Mad Men and Smash. We watched them tonight and I thought about the theme that ran through both of those episodes: Envy. So that’s our theme for this weekend. I wonder how many of you will share your story?…

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Why We Get So Much Done on Writing Retreats

I can tell you why in seven words: There is no Internet in our rooms. I’m with my usual writing friends (Mary Kay Andrews, Margaret Maron, Katy Munger, Sarah Shaber, Alexandra Sokoloff and Brenda Witchger) at our usual writing retreat locale (the Weymouth Center for the Arts) and we’re getting tons done. Every morning, Mary…

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Story Weekend: Dance!

I sit all day long when I’m writing, which is not good for the old bod. I used to set my alarm for every thirty minutes and when it buzzed, I’d get up and walk around the house before returning to my chair and the computer screen. When the new Springsteen Wrecking Ball album came…

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Entering the Crazy Time

I’m in the final three-month stretch to my deadline, which means little sleep and an excuse to eat badly. I was one of those people who loved cramming for exams. So exciting! What makes it even crazier and more fun is having a new book, The Good Father, out at the same time. So I’m…

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Story Weekend: Bridges

Driving onto Topsail Island yesterday, I was stuck in traffic because the old swing bridge was open to let boats pass through on the intracoastal waterway. It’s the one place I don’t mind being stuck. Sitting there, I could already feel my body shifting to island time, even though I was accompanied by my computer,…

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Yikes, it's Tuesday. . .

. . . and I still have Story Weekend up on the blog! Bear with me. This is a busy week. Wednesday is my book launch at Quail Ridge Books, so if you’re in the Raleigh area, please  join me to celebrate The Good Father‘s publication. I’ll be speaking and we’ll all eat cake and…

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