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In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

It’s the most natural thing in the world to applaud when someone does something good, isn’t it? Well, yes … and no. I love to attend Broadway shows. I don’t hesitate to start the applause after a moving duet or rousing dance performance. I’ve clapped my way through more school productions than I can count, not to mention sports competitions, and even some favorite mov... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Time …

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Time …

Once upon a time … there was a writer on deadline. Me. My deadline is five days away. And so, certain things are getting ignored. Like laundry. And cleaning the house. And yes, this blog. Thank you for understanding. I’ll see you all next week, after I push SEND on my latest novel.     Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Practice and Purpose of Journaling

In Others’ Words: The Practice and Purpose of Journaling

I started keeping a journal because Miss Gooley, my freshman English teacher, required it. Besides our regular assignments — reading, writing papers, taking quizzes and tests — students in Miss Gooley’s class had to keep a journal. Miss Gooley would read our entries, make comments, return our journals, and we’d repeat the process, all year long. Decades later, I’m sti... Read More »

In Others’ Words: I Must Write

In Others’ Words: I Must Write

It’s been a week of story.  Depending on the hour of the day, I’ve either been mulling over a story idea or talking about a story idea with my writing friend and mentor, Rachel Hauck, or writing out a story idea, a.k.a a synopsis … and repeat, repeat, repeat. The sentence in the quote, “I must write it all out, at any cost” — I get it. Tuesday night I was mental... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

You know how someone says something and their words just reverberate in your mind and heart for days afterward? That’s what happened to me this past Saturday when I attended a local writer’s group. Author (and friend) Cara Putman spoke to the group via Skype and early on she said, “Let go of the fear of being wrong.” Cara said a lot of other valuable, insightful, encouragin... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Dream Come True

In Others’ Words: Dream Come True

So yesterday … yesterday was about a dream coming true. I sat in my office with my daughter, CJ, and watched the 2016 Christy Awards, which were presented online this year, and my novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, won for the Contemporary Series category. I’m still grinning about that moment … and still not believing it. And what’s even more fun is right before that, m... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Energizing the Blues

In Others’ Words: Energizing the Blues

  I  love the quotes that set me back on my heels and make me go, “Huh.” That’s exactly how I reacted to what Duke Ellington said — only I smiled when I said, “Huh,” and then I told my husband he had to read the quote, too. Let’s just all admit we pout. The question isn’t really what do we do about the pouting. It’s more: What do we do wit... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Did You Forget Something?

In Others’ Words: Did You Forget Something?

I am living my writing dream — and for that, I am so, so thankful. But I also know “living the dream” means “doing the work.” Fast drafts. Rewrites. Deadlines. Copyedits. And repeat, repeat, repeat until I’m holding a “real book” in my hands. There are days I’m just treading water, trying to keep my head above the waves as I try to get it all d... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Finding the Good in Failure

In Others’ Words: Finding the Good in Failure

Isn’t it funny how pursuing success can end up teaching us a lot about failure? I dreamed about being a writer for a long time. Postponed it for years while I focused on being a wife and a mom — and facing my failures there. And my successes. There were those, too. And then one day I stopped dreaming about writing. I stopped saying, “I want to be a writer” and I started doi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Why We Say Yes

In Others’ Words: Why We Say Yes

I always wanted to be a writer. But for years, my focus was on nonfiction: writing for newspapers and magazines and eventually a nonfiction book. And I was happy with that dream. And then a season of burnout became a bend in the writing road. I wrote a “just for fun” novel. And I eventually showed it to my agent. And after she read it, she asked me, “Why don’t we set aside ... Read More »

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