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In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

Life is both moments and milestones. Yesterday, my daughter CJ just accomplished a major milestone in a teenager’s life: She got her driver’s license. An hour later, she drove off in my car, heading to a volleyball workout. Did we celebrate that milestone? Oh, yes, yes, we did! Photos were taken and posted on Facebook and Instagram and there was a lot of spontaneous HaPpY dAnCiNg going... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Spending Money

In Others’ Words: Spending Money

  I believe that you can never have too many books. Here’s proof: A year ago, my husband and I did some time-to-get-serious cleaning of closets and bookshelves. I forced myself to part with some books. (When I wrote that last sentence, I originally typed the words “get rid of” but that sounded so callous.) I cried when I had to give those books away. Yep. I did. I’ve a... Read More »

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: The “How” of Criticism

In Others’ Words: The “How” of Criticism

We all face criticism at some point in our lives. As an author, I invite criticism into my life — sometimes known by the kinder, gentler term of “feedback.” Every novel I write goes through several rounds of edits where my editors tell me what’s working and what’s not working. My Preferred Readers — a small, select group of women — also talk me through my ... 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: 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: The Electricity of Enthusiasm

In Others’ Words: The Electricity of Enthusiasm

I don’t understand the allure of paddling a board out against cold, cold waves and then waiting and watching for just the right wave to (finally) appear so you can ride the wave into shore … so you can repeat the whole process again and again and again.  But the the two surfers I watched from the Manhattan Beach pier a week ago certainly wanted to be in the ocean — did I mention ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Importance of the Beginning

In Others’ Words: The Importance of the Beginning

  There are times when the beginning of a matter eludes me. How to start the needed conversation. How to break the too-big task into smaller pieces so that I can see the “Do This First” spot. How to unravel the “Once Upon a Time” of a story so that more than the words Chapter One remains on page one. Sometimes I’m waiting for the best beginning. The perfect begin... Read More »

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