Monthly Archives: January 2019

Dear Writer, You Are Enough

No two writers are the same. Isn’t that a lovely thought? I know this because I am part of a writer’s group. We meet once a month. Sometimes every third month. What can I say? Life happens. When we do get together, we talk about our work, read each other’s books, and, sometimes, write together. […]

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Snowstorms and Michael Crichton

Fun fact: it is snowing today. Actually, it has been snowing all week. I think it might have something to do with it being January. And my living in Colorado, where we randomly get blizzards in January and sometimes have to stay at home because the snow is almost as high as our knees and […]

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Cauliflower, Gordon Ramsay, and Hobbies

Guess what? I have a hobby. And it’s not writing. Shocker, right? Writing used to be my hobby, back when I was seventeen. I would spend all my extra time writing, and I never wanted to do anything else. I would get all my work done, and then go write and love every minute of […]

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For The Writer Who Is Facing Criticism

Writing is an incredibly vulnerable business. Anyone who has ever shared their writing knows this. Not only are we opening up our hearts and sharing pieces of our souls with the world, but we are also exposing ourselves to a great deal of criticism. And the world is full of critics. Unfortunately, there is also […]

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Portrait of a Missionary

As a writer, I am fascinated by people. No two people carry the same stories. Their life experiences, their worldview, and their hopes and dreams are uniquely their own. No work of fiction can compare to the beauty and complexity of the world around us, but, caught in our jobs, our routines, and our day-to-day […]

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Sending Off An Adventurer

My sister left this week. One of my sisters. I have a few. This particular sister is nineteen. I’ve mentioned her before. She has been living with me for the last several months, but she is off now. Off adventuring. I drove her to the airport on Tuesday. We talked about boys the whole drive. […]

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For The Writer Who Is Tongue-Tied

Shockingly, not every writer is introverted. Really. There are magical extroverted people who can talk about their books and answer questions about their writing career without panicking or breathing into a paper bag or stumbling over their words twelve times. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. I’m an introvert myself, so I wouldn’t really know. […]

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Go To Sleep

I come when the library closes. The lights are out, except for the lamp Mrs. Wilfe leaves on just for me. The doors are locked, and the windows have been shuttered. Even most of the reading desks are cleared. No one is left. Only me. Because I have to put the stories to sleep. I […]

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Living Like A Writer

We are two weeks into January. Almost two weeks. What day is it again? Basically, 2019 has been a whirlwind of activity, even in its first two weeks. I started coaching sessions, started the first draft of my sixth book, embraced this blog, sent out several resumes for freelance writing positions, and oddly enough, repainted […]

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For The Writer Who Has Quit One Too Many Times

As a writer, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as a new idea. A new character waltzes in, capturing our attention, and whispering about a story flooded with new possibilities, new dangers, and a love so deep it borders on intoxication. Suddenly, we’re taking the long way home from work, getting lost in the grocery […]

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