Category: On Life and Writing

How do You NaNoWriMo?

 November 2, 2017

This is how I NaNoWriMo. A large latte and an Egg McMuffin and I’m good for a three hour stint of writing at McDonalds. I was able to get my favorite booth, one where I can sit with my back to everyone else in the fast-food chain and look out the window. I can usually […]

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To NaNo or Not to NaNo

 October 19, 2017

To NaNo, or not to NaNo–that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous publishers, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And put an end to them by not writing. . . ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.  (adapted from Hamlet’s monologue) […]

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Dealing with Compassion Fatigue

 October 3, 2017

First there was Hurricane Harvey, leaving a path of destruction in Texas. Then Hurricane Irma in Florida, followed by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and earthquakes in Mexico. Then while driving the other morning I heard about the massive shootings in Las Vegas. Tears slipped down my cheeks as I drove. Enough already! I had […]

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Can You Buy Happiness?

 September 28, 2017

The Life & Culture section of my local newspaper this past Sunday featured an article about a study that showed that people who paid others to complete household tasks were more satisfied with their life.  “Working adults in the United States reported higher life satisfaction if they regularly paid to outsource household tasks, such as […]

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Why are Some Books Harder to Write than Others?

 September 21, 2017

I’ve been asking myself this as I seem stuck on my current project. This was going to be an easy write, just a fun book, nothing serious. I thought it would be equally fun to write, but instead it has taken a more serious turn than I had originally anticipated while dreaming it in my […]

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Are You an Every Day Writer or a Binge Writer?

 September 14, 2017

I’ve heard there are two types of writers: pantsers, those who write by the seat of their pants, and plotters, those who plot everything out in detail. I’m beginning to think there are two other types of writers:  those who write faithfully every day, and those who write when the spirit moves them. (Could there […]

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

 August 30, 2017

“Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day,” we used to chant as children, longing to go outside and play on a rainy day. I still say that chant when cloudy, rainy days follow upon each other for more than two days at a time. I can take one or two days of rain. […]

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Cultural Appropriation or Misappropriation?

 August 16, 2017

Can a white woman convincingly write from a black woman’s perspective? And if so, should she? I’ve been thinking about these questions as I ponder an idea I have for a book in my Dancing through Life Series. The series is about women trying to find balance in their life, finding ways to not just […]

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Are You an Auditory, Visual or Kinesthetic Writer?

 August 9, 2017

Back when I was teaching College Success Strategies at Baker College, I taught students about the three different learning styles:  auditory (those who learn best through hearing words spoken), visual (those who learn best by seeing) and kinesthetic (those who learn by doing). This is a tool that helps not just in studies, but also […]

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Who Are Your Writing Companions?

 August 3, 2017

Looking at those two deck chairs, which one is mine, and which one is reserved for my writing companion, my dog, Seamus? Last week I spent Monday through Friday at my nephew’s cottage at Lake St. James. (It’s a tough life, the life of a writer.) It was just what I needed to kick start […]

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