Category: On Life and Writing

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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Happy Feet – the Joys of Research

 July 14, 2017

Have I told you lately how much I love writing? I love all aspects of it (except maybe marketing but that’s for another post) from the research, to the actual writing, to the editing and putting it into a final form. I love the whole creative process, but I especially love research. If I let myself, […]

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Prayers for a More Perfect Union – Happy Fourth!

 July 4, 2017

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union . . .” – the opening lines of the preamble to the Constitution. Here we are, over 200 years later and we are so far from that perfect union the preamble talks about. We appear to be more divided than […]

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JOY’S TRILOGY – Available for Pre-Order

 May 23, 2017

My pre-birthday gift to you! Get three books for the price of one. Joy’s Trilogy, the first three books of my Dancing through Life Series, is now available for pre-order through Amazon kindle. What do you do when life knocks you off-balance? You get up and dance! Join the members of the Reese family and […]

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Sweating the Small Stuff!

 May 18, 2017

In February, my article, Six Lenten Pitfalls, was featured in St. Anthony Messenger magazine. (If you missed it, it can be found on the St. Anthony Messenger blog at www.FranciscanMedia.org) This was followed by a mention in the back cover column by editor John Feister in April. In the column Feister wrote about the attention to […]

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