Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected. …

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What Should I Write About?

Can you think of any aspect of life that wouldn’t benefit from some intentional thought, planning, or reflection? I can’t either. That’s probably why you know successful doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, coaches, creatives, scientists, friends, and family who are committed journal writers. Just in case you haven’t seen the research and articles about the benefits of …

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Writing Fiction is Scary

There, I said it. Besides the fact that it’s hard work to keep creating stories, putting those ideas on paper in a format that others can access (from my mind to the your mind…sounds rather like a Vulcan mind meld), and then the required platform building and marketing… Most readers don’t understand that fiction writers, …

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Book Sales … thoughts and questions

Family, Friends, Romans, all y’all, lend me your ear… Now that Topaz has your attention… As I was sharing my publishing goals for this summer with a friend last night, we got on the topic of book marketing. Wait, don’t leave! I need to set this up so I can ask your opinion. Yes, all y’all …

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#4HWW Impressions and Inspiration

I rarely blog about best-selling books, but I just finished reading The 4-Hour Workweek (#4HWW) by Tim Ferriss, and it got me thinking… I chose to read it because it is referred to over and over by many of the writing and productivity bloggers and podcasters I follow. #4HWW permeates my Twitter feed. Tim Ferriss …

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Using SRT and Intentional Blogging

This is my first blog post using speech recognition technology (SRT) as my means of writing. After posting a picture of my notebook and workspace by the pool last week, I received a comment expressing surprise that I still wrote by hand. How fortunate are we today that we have so many tools at our disposal, …

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Reading and Writing Frustrations

I'm frustrated. With myself. sigh... I am a writer. I love to write. But I also love to read. These days I find more of my time is being spent in reading about writing, reading blogs by other writers, and reading for my own pleasure and research than I do actually writing. Who would've ever …

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My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014

I have always been an insatiable reader. I don't even remember learning to read. I've always read everything that crossed my path, cereal boxes, books, newspapers, ingredient lists, every sign in every museum I've gone to... you get the idea. So imagine the horror of waking up after my second stroke and realizing I couldn't read. …

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READ! Literacy is the Key to Success

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~~Frederick Douglass I love that quote by Frederick Douglass, but also remember what Mark Twain said:  "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." It broke my heart as a high school teacher to see minority students who had the same opportunities and …

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Book Review: TIDEWATER MURDER by C. Hope Clark

Tidewater Murder is #2 in the Carolina Slade series by C. Hope Clark. I was late to the party, and unfortunately am reading the series in reverse order, having started with Palmetto Poison, which is #3. I really enjoyed Tidewater Murder, and would love to do an in-depth analysis of this book, but will forgo the pleasure …

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