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In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

As a writer, I sometimes focus on the work of it all. Writing the story synopsis. Developing the characters. Putting the fast draft down on the page, scene by scene. And then rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Somewhere along the way from synopsis to rewrite-rewrite-rewrite, I forget that, at the beginning, I fell in love with the story and the characters. I stop having fun and get enmeshed in the work.  ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Whatcha’ Gonna Be?

In Others’ Words: Whatcha’ Gonna Be?

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. Which one of those “Be’s” jumped out at you today?  There are so many things we want to be — smart, pretty, successful, well-liked, athletic — that sometimes we get lost along the way to being. We have so many “be’s” to choose from, we lose track of the important ones. Or someone tells us who or what we’re supposed... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Work Hard, Play Hard

It’s been a “work hard” kind of summer. And then a couple of weeks ago, my husband, youngest daughter, and I took a few days away and ran off to San Diego for a few days. To relax. Catch our breath. And that’s where I took the photo of the tree I used in today’s blog post. Well, the actual photo looked more like this: When I first saw the tree across from our hotel, I... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Headed Here, There and Everywhere

In Others’ Words: Headed Here, There and Everywhere

By the time you read this post, I’ll be in Seattle. Spring break — a great time to go someplace, right? And since my son Josh moved to Seattle last October, that sounded like a great place to visit. I’ve never been to Seattle and I’m ready to explore my son’s new hometown, rain or shine. (And I understand there will probably be rain.) There are other places I’d ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: If You’re Happy and You Know It …

In Others’ Words: If You’re Happy and You Know It …

There is a time and a place to be dignified. But there are so many more times and places to be happy.   Early in my novel writing journey, I met a wonderful group of women at a My Book Therapy writing retreat. We became friends, dubbing ourselves the MBT Ponderers — after author Susan May Warren warned us not to use the word “ponder.” Not that we were boundary-pushers. No. Not us... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Are We Having Fun Yet?

In Others’ Words: Are We Having Fun Yet?

  It’s been a week … You know. One of those weeks where you do the work. And sometimes you’re happy with your efforts … and sometimes you’re not. One of those weeks where you rest … and sometimes you’re up earlier — or later — and you’re tired. Just dragging through the day. One of those weeks where things go according to plan …... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Sing It Loud

In Others’ Words: Sing It Loud

Truth be told, I do most of my singing in the car, not the shower. One of my favorite memories of years gone by is driving around town doing errands and singing with my two daughters, Katie Beth and Amy. In the very early years we sang along to the radio or cassette tapes (yes, yes, we did!) and then graduated up to CDs. Now that CJ, my 13-year-old is in charge of what music is played while we run... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Pleasant Truth

In Others’ Words: Pleasant Truth

Well, here we are again, wrapping up another week. Friday, sliding into the weekend … and then gearing up for Monday and all that next week holds. I don’t know how your week went — how many successes you’re celebrating right now, how many disappointments you’re trying to shrug off. Or pray through. But here’s one thing I do know: no matter how you’re feeli... Read More »

In Others’ Words: A Choice of Colors

I see words in color. Not every word … names, mostly. And certain other ones. No rhyme or reason to why or why not a word appears in my head in color or basic black. My name? Beth My husband’s name? Rob Home   family   friendship    laughter    celebrate   sorrow   tears And yes, I have my favorite color: forest green My least favorite color? Grey (or gray) — and I intend to keep... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Spine Poetry

It’s getting late on Thursday night. I’m not feeling particularly productive or creative … and there’s a blog post to write. So I’m taking advantage of others’ creativity and sharing some of the Spine Poetry fun that’s been happening on my Author Facebook page. I’ve run into some incredibly imaginative people this past week — and they’ve ... Read More »

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