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My Favorite Writing Advice: Feeling In Over Your Head

Favorite writing advice: “A writer should always feel like he’s in over his head. That’s part of what makes good writing compelling.” Who said the writing advice about feeling in over your head: Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Hours Why: Show of hands: How many people when confronted with a task that feels …

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Caramel Mocha Latte Love Potion

Slow-Cooker Caramel Mocha Latte Love Potion*

What I love about cooking is that you’ll also get ideas for other things (& not just recipes either), this idea sparking that idea flashing into another idea. Like anything creative, too, it’s about connecting with people. And this slow-cooker recipe for a caramel mocha latte love potion* may just help you make a love …

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Say What You Need To Say ~ Always

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” ~Henry David Thoreau About a year ago, my dad died. He’d been battling cancer for a decade and we’d all been lulled into a false sense that he’d just keep on beating it. So I never said the important things I wanted to say because I’d …

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Yes, You Can!!

Why You MUST Speak Strength To Yourself

A while ago I wrote a couple posts about being careful not only about what you say to yourself but also about who else you listen to. This post, about the ability to speak strength to yourself, goes along with those. Not only do you have to stop ~ I mean right now ~ the self-defeating …

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 20

Well, my birthday just passed. I’m 25! Again! For the *mumble, mumble* time! I thought it might be a good time to reflect. So if I could talk some sense to my 20-year-old self, here are some things I’d say: 1. Learn your lessons the first time Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of …

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Why I Stopped Looking At The Numbers

“If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” ~ Anna Quindlen I’m writing this post because I need a reminder about what’s important to me. When I started this independent-publishing journey, I was happy …

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My Favorite Writing Advice: Failing on the Page

Favorite writing advice: “You must allow yourself to fail on the page.” Who said the writing advice about failing on the page: Jaimee Wriston Colbert, fiction writing professor Why: Perfectionism will kill your writing goals. You’ll never get off the ground if you’re afraid to fail. I was afraid of failure, afraid of what people …

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Slow-Cooker Very Berry Coffee Cake or Muffins

Slow-Cooker Very Berry Coffee Cake (Or Muffins)

So this idea came from Katheryn Lane, a fellow author & lovely lady that I met on Twitter (@KatherynLane ~ follow her, you’ll be happy you did). This recipe ties into & was inspired by a pivotal scene in my novel, Small as a Mustard Seed. The excerpt on which this recipe is based: I …

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Small as a Mustard Seed: The Preeminent Emotional Reading Experience

  This lovely 5-star review of my novel, SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED, comes from Tom Clementson over at the Kindle Book Review. Tom’s an American military guy, currently stationed in Afghanistan. We met on Twitter (find Tom: @TCAbn) & I mentioned my book, that the story, among other things, dealt with a Korean War veteran. …

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