Life, Reading

Where Did All My Reading Time Go?

I remember when I was a kid, I marveled at how little my parents read. Oh they read, probably more than most people, but they didn’t meet my standard of gobbling books whole in the span of a day or two, so I was perplexed. After all, they were grown-ups. They could do anything they wanted! To me, that would…

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Life

The Dress, Pokemon Go, and Starbucks Cups

What do these three things have in common? The Dress was a viral phenomenon that led people everywhere wondering whether it was black and blue or gold and white–or whether they were just plain crazy. The first time I looked at it, I saw black and blue, wondered what all the fuss was about, looked away for a moment, looked…

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Life

I’m Thankful

A pretty cliche sort of post for Thanksgiving, right? But what else am I supposed to do? After all it is a good opportunity to stop and be reminded to give thanks, and since Thursday is my regular post day, why not share it with all of you? So, without further ado, and in no particular order… I’m thankful for…

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Life, Writing

Pronunciation

I’ve been wrapping up a couple of audiobook narration jobs the past few days–both of them are Christmas books, and I really enjoyed working on them both. But they’ve both had their share of issues. One has had unexpected technical issues, but I think those are finally worked out. The other? Well, the other is more what you’d call user…

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Life, Writing

I Won’t be Overwhelmed

As you likely know, my novel October was published on Saturday. It went pretty smoothly. Reviewers had really loved it so far, seeming to truly catch the intention of the story. Many very kind people had helped me spread the news. I went to bed satisfied. The next morning, I woke up earlier than I’d intended and, as usual, reached…

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Life, Writing

Goodbye Christopher Robin

After a couple months of deliberation, my husband and I decided to try a MoviePass membership. The expense of seeing movies keeps us from going to many, but since this service would allow us to pay only $10 a month for up to one movie every day, it seemed worthwhile. It also removes the fear of “What if we try…

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Life, Website

I’m back!

Finally, after almost a year of silence, I am able to return to the blogging community again. Y’all are going to be subjected to so many long-suppressed post ideas over the next few weeks and months! Last November, my family’s host server was hacked, deleting all of our websites. There were no backups. We all switched to a new host,…

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Life, Writing

Sometimes I’m Not Creative

Well, I haven’t posted in almost a month, contrary to my most sincere desires. My schedule these days looks a bit like this: Get up around 6:30 to head to the gym. Work out for about 45 minutes. Get to work by 8:00 and spend the day answering phones, entering things into the computer, and finding little snippets of time…

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Life, Writing

How Else are You Supposed to Hold Up Your Books?

One of my favorite movies ever is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty–the new one, with Ben Stiller. (I have the ticket stub in my wallet still to remind me to get out there and stop dreaming and start living, but that’s neither here nor there.) Aside from being incredibly inspiring, it’s just brilliantly executed. The storytelling is excellent. But…

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Life, Writing

Remind Me Later

I type happily away on my computer, writing my current novel, engrossed in a scene of drama, betrayal, fear, doubt, and growing tension — all ready to swallow my character up in a maw of darkness, or give way in a moment of light. The climax approaches — the stakes are beyond the stratosphere — he’s giving in — he’s…

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