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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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A Novel Excerpt: Small as a Mustard Seed

November 1965 “I ain’t afraid this time.  I ain’t some kid don’t know shit from Shinola,” my father hollered as he stood in the driveway. In the curve of his chest, pressed tight against the denim of his overalls, he clutched a black revolver.  The other hand combed through the short dark hairs of his …

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Do You Live What You Believe?

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi So in last week’s post about stepping out in faith (find it here), I told you about how I’ve wanted to be a novelist since I was five years old. Here’s my earliest memory of writing: crafting a story in the …

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Stepping Out In Faith

“Security does not exist in nature nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller One of the best self-help/motivational books I ever read for stepping out in faith was If …

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Slow Cooker Fabulous Turkey Stew

Slow-Cooker Fabulous Turkey Stew

Well, Thanksgiving’s coming. Get ready for some gratitude & lots of leftover turkey. Just in time for a slow-cooker turkey stew recipe to use up some of that while making everyone even more grateful at the same time. Serves 8 – 10. Assuming you already have the turkey, it costs less than $15. Prep. time: …

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Do or Do Not ~ A Note on Trying

“Do or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back I usually don’t find myself quoting Yoda, but in this case, I think he’s absolutely right. Show of hands: how many people really believe somebody when they tell you that they’re going to try to do something? I’ll …

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