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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: 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 »

My Kind of Mad Lib Fun Contest Winner!

So laughter rocked the walls of my office tonight! I read through all the entries with my husband and my two oldest daughters listening in. The judging was fairly subjective — we’re writers, so we are used to the whole “it’s subjective” thing, right? Based on the amount of laughter produced, the winner of the first, but definitely not last, My Kind of Mad Lib Fun Cont... Read More »

Contemporary Romance Writer: How Do I Achieve Success as a Writer?

Some days the writing road is lined with ledges. Ledges perfect to climb up and then stand and ponder the “why” of my existence in the writing universe. And yes, these ledges are ideal to throw myself off of when my hopes are dashed, my dreams seem nothing more than taunting specters, and my efforts seem … wasted. (I need to add music to this blog so I can cue the appropriate bac... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Balance

I’m mulling over blog topics last night with my husband. Our conversation went like this: Me: Maybe I’ll post about how writing affects the family. My husband: That would be a great idea! OK, then. Glad he had an opinion. My writing life–my professional life–frustrates my family at times. Not all the time. At least, I don’t think so. Of course, I can’t ask any o... Read More »

Survey Says: Counting the Cost of Writers Conferences

Friends Teri, Pat, Edie and Melissa (the 2010 Frasier winner). A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a survey on writers conferences. Specific question: Why do you attend writers conferences? Today’s question for discussion: What are your major concerns when preparing for a writers conference? Possible answers: Paying for the conference, the travel, and the lodging Pitching my book to an edi... Read More »