Writers’ Advance

It wasn't a writers' retreat; it was a writers' advance.  This last weekend, I took four days away with five other writers for a time of writing, revision, thinking, reflection, encouragement, and rejuvenation. For those of us who take retreats, most of us use the word "retreat" to imply that we're getting away from something.  But if you think of that same word in terms of…

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Because I Knew You: Inaugural Post by Elise Stephens

This post launches my brand spankin' new guest blog series Because I Knew You in which I invite people from all walks of life to tell us about someone who has changed them permanently, how they've been changed, and what they would tell this person now.  I begin this project with a post on a very special person who changed my own life. Following this post, each Thursday you will…

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Let Me Introduce You

Boy meets girl.  Girl smiles at boy.   Boy spends more time talking with girl.  Both appear quite interested.  Elise is oh-so-proud of herself because she's the one who introduced them to each other.  I have personally never been a successful matchmaker (the above mentioned couple is no exception, I'm sorry to say).  Have you ever tried to set up two friends?  One thing that almost always…

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A Definition…and a Contest!

IT'S A CONTEST! In celebration of Valentine's Day, I am hosting a contest, starting today, from February 9 - February 14.  Five lucky winners will receive a FREE autographed copy of Moonlight and Oranges! THE RULES: There are three ways to enter to win a copy of Moonlight and Oranges - don't forget, you're welcome to enter all three! 1. Share the Love on Twitter:  In honor…

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Tough Love

I was seven and a half when my little sister came into the world.  She had beautiful big eyes, which we both get from our dad and she was mostly definitely a feisty one.  I remember teaching her how to snuggle, because her reaction to hugs was to push me away as hard as she could. Before she learned to talk, we all thought she was practicing…

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Listen Up, Younger Self!

In which I jump into a hypothetical time machine... I'm honored to announce that today I'm featured on Tess Hardwick's blog, answering the question "What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?" for her 20 Thursday blog series. I talk about college, boys, my word skills that I've used for good and for evil, and my need to that I'm loved over and over again (I seem…

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A Year of Love and Courage

  A friend of mine made a recent facebook post that said: This might just be me, but the longer I live, the more it seems that insecurity stemming from a lack of real love is responsible for most of the world's problems. Wow.  We all know if we watch the news that there is a constant state of flux for global problems all around us.  When…

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Networking and Art

If you're anything like me, you cringe when you hear that the cocktail party or social gathering is designed to be a 'networking' event.  Oh no!  Not one of those, you inwardly groan. Maybe your next step is to worry whether your business cards (if you have them) are up-to-date, or if your attire is professional enough for the occasion.  You rearrange your hair three times before it looks right. …

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On Writing, Skiing, and Trying Again

Get up, don't trash-talk yourself, and write/ski/try again.  Those of you living in the Seattle area might know that yesterday was the final day the Steven's Pass was open.  A generous friend gave my husband and I some free rental and lift tickets and we seized the day for a final sprint on the slopes. My prior skiing experience has been a few lessons from my…

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Feasting

Some good friends of mine are an American and Canadian who got married and live nearby with their kids.  They invited me this last weekend to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with them.  A new feast day!  How awesome is that? How many traditional feasts do we get to celebrate in America culture?  Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, weddings for friends...Any other big feasts?  I would argue that feasts…

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