It All Counts

You've heard me say this: Keep writing, no matter what. But what if I'm sick as a dog, with a fever and a headcold and I can't stop blowing my nose for fear of asphyxiating on my own mucus? That was me last week. Gross!  Too much information!  I hear you say.  I know, I know.  But every now and then, even we writers get deathly illl.  How are we supposed…

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When the World Discourages

Last week I received my first writing review with some serious professional clout.  As you know if you've been following this blog, I was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards this year for my novel Moonlight and Oranges, which is a huge honor and a nice pat on the back.  I'd never made it this far in a large contest before. After the quarter-finals, comes…

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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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