Social Media

What exactly is Social Media Marketing? Why should I care?

Marketing and social media both get a lot of negative press, but what if it's not what you thought? What if Social Media Marketing & Management was the missing link in your success as an author or entrepreneur? Let me explain...

My Life

Why Houseplants? Portal to important people and memories

Does anyone share or trade plant cuttings anymore? Houseplants ... I know it's a different topic for me, but I'm feeling nostalgic and simultaneously attempting to rebuild my plant collection. I don't do many story-times, but here we go... My grandmother had an amazing green thumb. Indoor and outdoor plants. I can't even guess at… Continue reading Why Houseplants? Portal to important people and memories

Advocacy, Getting Healthy

Migraine is (still) no joke

The Fifth Annual Migraine World Summit is winding down. This is my fifth year to participate online, and once again I have come away inspired, encouraged, and armed with updated information from leading doctors, researchers, and advocates. Comedian and writer, Whitney Cummings--author of I'm Fine... and other Lies, and swimmer and four-time Olympian, Amanda Beard--author… Continue reading Migraine is (still) no joke

Miscellaneous

Hand-washing and Gratitude

Friday was my birthday. What was to be a big weekend for me was pretty much high-jacked by the coronavirus. But my husband, son, and daughter-in-love did gather for a little while to celebrate another year. Which is more important than you might think because I'm one of the "at risk" population. See, I have… Continue reading Hand-washing and Gratitude

Miscellaneous

Seize the Day, Origami Kayaks, Grateful To Be Me…

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend, Patti Hall. Patti loves writing and traveling, and loves to share what she has learned in the process. She is debating starting her own blog, so I suggested she write a piece and post here to see how it's received and if it's something she… Continue reading Seize the Day, Origami Kayaks, Grateful To Be Me…

Productivity

Top 3 Productivity Habits for the Holidays

I was recently asked: What Do You Do Differently During the Holiday Season To Get it All Done? Short answer: I double down on all the productivity tips, hacks, and habits I use and teach all year long. Longer detailed answer below... During the holiday season we have the double challenge of end-of-month for November… Continue reading Top 3 Productivity Habits for the Holidays

Writerly Life

Bouchercon2019 Dallas Convention Highlights

I'm tying up the loose ends as social media manager for Bouchercon2019. There were over 1700 attendees. There were multiple panels, interviews, and activities happening simultaneously for almost four days at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. It was a wonderful job that allowed me to go in and out of all the sessions and events, but… Continue reading Bouchercon2019 Dallas Convention Highlights

Social Media

Branding Collaboration at The Captain’s House on the Lake

It's time for another behind the scenes and some tips you can use. I've worked in some form of marketing, advertising, research, coaching, teaching, consulting position for over thirty years (and yes, I'm proud of my silver strands--I've earned every one). In all those variations of my career, the one thing that is constant and… Continue reading Branding Collaboration at The Captain’s House on the Lake

Reading and Writing

Not your typical police procedural…

This review is long overdue, as I read the book months ago. I also should disclose that I read it mainly because, although I love mysteries, I had met Prakash Dighé through the Dallas, TX writing community and found him to be a very kind man who had lived an interesting life. I wanted to… Continue reading Not your typical police procedural…

Getting Healthy, My Life, Productivity

Updates & 5 Productivity tips…

Sitting up, dressed, AND drinking coffee for the first time in almost 10 days. Maybe I'm starting to adapt to the med change? Oh, I hope so. So much I want to do... (If you're not sure what's been going on, check mine and Gizmo's social media. Links at the bottom of the page.) So… Continue reading Updates & 5 Productivity tips…