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Finding writing inspiration from cheesy sleazy motivational speaker

“Motivational speakers are used car salesmen without the wheels.”~D.W. Hirsch, soon-to-be-World-Famous author I get pumped after a good motivational speech, which is the point of them. My writers group hosted a speaker this weekend who left me wanting more, which … Continue reading

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The beautiful unboxing of Beautiful Madness Book Case, Chapter 3

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”~John Dewey, American philosopher I’m so glad I found Beautiful Madness Book Case subscription company tucked in the back of Aisle 1 at BookExpo America 2016 in Chicago. The owner was … Continue reading

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Writing productivity with #ROW80 for this #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…. Oh, I’m so glad you made it. This is so bizarre, isn’t it? A coffeeshop inside a movie theater, and not just a counter but a real sit-down coffeeshop with tables and pastries and you … Continue reading

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Writers, ask yourself this one question

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”~Peter Drucker, American businessman Is your book actually a book? This is the Fiction Journey. That initial question posed at tonight’s Ann Arbor Emerging Writers workshop did not make me … Continue reading

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Self-promotion: Things to do and not to do

I used to be all about the me-me-me approach to self-promotion, but now I realize that sucks. Oh, you should be proud of your work. I am; my writings are great. As Barbara Fine said at BEA16, “No one cares … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Madness of subscription kits

“Age is just a state of mind.”~Abhisek Bachchan, Indian actor “Life is better with a plot.” That’s the tagline of Beautiful Madness Book Case, a new subscription service, two months old as of this post. The owner, Julia, is a … Continue reading

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Belittled and empowered at #BEA16

I promise I will write about the positive things that came from BookExpo America and BookCon, but right now, I have to get a peeve off my chest, an moment that both belittled and empowered me in the same moment. … Continue reading

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Understanding and updating: an #AtoZChallenge post

. . . “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”~Helen Keller, American writer . . Today’s Alphabet Haiku is sponsored by The Letter U. It’s “U” already? What the heck? How in the world did … Continue reading

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April 1: Art and #AtoZChallenge

. . . “A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”~Mignon McLaughlin, American writer . . . . Welcome to Day 1 of the AtoZ Blog Challenge. Today I feel more Zzzzzz than Awake. April is just … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Zentangle in a coffeeshop

“Life isn’t about finding yourself; Life is about creating yourself.”~George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer Today, I am doing just that. One month ago, Colleen contacted me about Zentangle classes. I’m not actively teaching, but the big-box craft store I had … Continue reading

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