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I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey. The characters (Maggie Smith is by far an acting genius and I’m glad that she is still acting), the way they speak and the clothes of the era. When I first started reading At the Water’s Edge, by Sara Gruen, the first chapter made me very sad. …
I’ve been on a non-fiction kick for the last few book reviews. This is no exception. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed, awakened something in me that has been┬ádormant for a long time. This memoir has shown me that there is still a lot that I can accomplish …
In the last few posts I have read about the plight of women in Ascent of Women by Sally Armstrong, tried to organize the chaos that is my desk with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and followed a refugee from Vietnam to Canada in the fiction work Ru by Kim Thuy.  I wanted …
Technology is a wonderful thing for writers.  I spend a lot of time working with tech products, and they help me in many ways. I look for ways to improve our writing lives, and in my last post I talked about Mechanical Keyboards.  The post before that, Speech to Text Apps. These are a great part of the …
Book Two of the Teen Book Challenge takes me into the world of virtual gaming.  The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, is like the popular video game The Sims, and the movie the Matrix, together.  The book mostly takes place in the game Lifeblood. An over the top and very real virtual world. You get …
There are a lot of opportunities to go to a self-publishing site and have your books published and distributed for you. One of the most popular publishing places to choose is CreateSpace, owned by the bookseller Amazon, and they will print and distribute your book for you.  Part of what makes them a popular company …
It is the time of year when many writers sit down an reflect on their work over the past 12 months.  They look for ways to see more success in the coming year, and they often set new goals based on what they did or didn’t achieve last year. As a quick review here is …
These days, sometimes motivating yourself to keep writing seems like an uphill battle. There are so many distractions, and it seems that almost everyone has let go of the notion that we deserve time to relax; days are filled with driving, errands, work, extra work, post-work work, etc. On top of that, I always find …
  Sometimes writing stresses me out. I feel that the words don’t want to roll out. I feel the anxiety of trying to think of something that is worthwhile. As I sit here at my laptop trying to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or …
                They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but in the case of inspiration this is thankfully not the reality. However, the reality is that you’ve just a lot of time writing, publishing, and promoting your book, so at this stage, your inspiration cup doesn’t likely runneth over. Here are some easy tips I …
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