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Word Revolution, Part 2: YOU

You wordsmiths, you!  Thanks so much for reading last month’s blog and jumping in with your own suggestions.  I was thrilled with the words you posted – and dismayed at not having thought of them myself!  In an attempt to rectify the latter, I hereby revisit the word revolution issue.  Just to refresh your memory, last month I listed words that have taken on new and previously unimagined meanings.  This [...]

By |2016-11-30T12:00:40+00:002016|Blog|1 Comment

Word revolution

Here's a fun exercise. But first, a bit of philosophy.  Contrary to many people in the news who use words to destroy, writers use them to create.  I love words – love putting them together in a way that paints an action, a sentiment, a hope or a dream.  I play with them endlessly when I write, modifying, exchanging, and reordering them until I read them a final time and [...]

By |2016-10-26T03:00:42+00:002016|Blog|8 Comments

Daring to dream

A dear friend recently celebrated a milestone birthday.  After the food was eaten, wine drunk, toasts offered and dessert served, my friend rapped her glass for attention. She had a toast of her own to make, and, in the process, offered a word of wisdom.  Follow your dream, she said, and told of something she had wanted to do all her life, that, after many close calls and much persistence, [...]

By |2016-09-26T05:00:15+00:002016|Blog|7 Comments

A Skeptic's Guide to Hashtags

First, disclaimers.  (1) I'm new to hashtags; I've only used them since I joined Instagram in April.  (2) Hashtags have been the hardest part of social media for me to understand.  (3) They make me feel old. So I write this with a built-in bias.  Please remember that. I can't tell you how many times I’ve searched Google for a meaningful telling of what a hashtag is, what it does, [...]

By |2016-08-26T05:00:19+00:002016|Blog|2 Comments

How to pick the right title for a book?

If I knew the answer to that, I'd save myself a lot of angst.  Picking a title is easy.  Picking the right one, not necessarily so. Who picks the title?  Sometimes it's me.  From my initial conception, Flirting with Pete was Flirting with Pete.  Same with Lake News, Heart of the Night, Not My Daughter, and The Vineyard.  My publisher picked other titles, like Coast Road and Family Tree.  My agent came [...]

By |2016-07-28T05:00:36+00:002016|Blog|8 Comments

Why I included what I did in BLUEPRINTS

With Blueprints going on sale in paperback this week, I just reread it to refresh my memory.  Does it surprise you that I would need to do that?  But consider this.  I've written and published more than 80 books.  No human mind can keep straight all the details of 80 books.  Moreover, it's been two years since I finished writing Blueprints, and since then, I've been immersed in writing The [...]

By |2016-05-29T05:00:53+00:002016|Blog|6 Comments

Why I'm not retiring

A reader just wrote that she heard I was retiring.  Who said that? No.  I'm not retiring.  Let's be clear about it.  I.  Am.  Not.  Retiring. Not that I haven't considered it in moments of frustration.  Life for a writer has changed.  When I started – more than 30 years ago – all I had to do was write.  Ha ha.  That's funny.  I was a full-time mother of three [...]

By |2016-05-04T16:00:03+00:002016|Blog|15 Comments

Why I just joined Instagram

I swore I wouldn't.  Social media is only good if you do it well, but how many social media sites can one writer do well and still write her book?  I've done Facebook for a long while and have a healthy following.  For posting news, sharing events, offering contests, and simply getting the opinions of readers who matter, Facebook is my go-to site. So why join Instagram?  Instagram is just [...]

By |2016-04-21T16:00:35+00:002016|Blog|2 Comments

Post-Its keep me sane

"That's the best thing since …"  How do YOU finish this sentence?  When I was growing up, the answer was sliced bread. When I was raising my own kids, the answer was bagged lettuce.  Now, it's Post-Its.  At least, in my humble opinion. That's because I'm a list keeper.  Rarely does a day go by when I haven’t made one list or another.  Studies show that people who keep lists [...]

By |2016-01-13T05:00:43+00:002016|Blog|1 Comment

BD read these books, too!

Last week was for audio, but here are three books I recently read in the flesh, as so many of you choose to do as well. Audio or print, the stories remain the same. If something in one of these books appeals to you and you're an audiobook person, by all means, listen. First, The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. I have loved Alice Hoffman's books for years, and [...]

By |2015-10-20T05:00:33+00:002015|Blog|0 Comments