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Audiobooks and Blizzards

I love audiobooks. So, so much. Really, is there anything better than a good audiobook when you have a thousand mundane tasks to do and no time to read? I don’t think so. Having a story to coax me through the day is a tiny bit of heaven for a hard week, and I took […]

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For The Writer Who Is Having Doubts

I have a question for you. If I was to meet you in a coffee shop, and we were to sit by the window to watch the rain or in the corner where it’s private and cozy, and I was to ask you to tell me about yourself, what would you say? Would you start […]

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When Hope Is Painful

I ended up in Target this week. I didn’t actually set out to go to Target. Nor, in fact, did I have anything I intended to buy. But it was early and I was in town and waiting for someone and nothing else was open. So I ended up in Target, reminding myself on repeat […]

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Over the River and Through the Woods . . .

Okay, there’s no river. But there is snow! This is the view of my path through the woods, and if you look really, really close, you can see my little cabin hidden away in the trees and almost buried in all the snow we’ve been getting lately. It’s my secret place. My writer’s cabin. My […]

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The Writer’s Guide To Mental Health

“Writers, this cannot be right. Our mind is capable of so much—spinning tales that can make people cry or laugh, creating characters that become best friends to the people who read our stories, and building entire worlds with complex civilizations and landscapes far beyond anything in the natural world. The potential is unlimited. So why, […]

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Imagination Buddies

Have I mentioned that I belong to a writing group? Because I belong to a writing group. We’re imagination buddies. It’s the best. Once a month—or two or three months—we get together, eat chocolate, and talk about our lives. And plot points. And stubborn characters who never listen or do the things they’re supposed to […]

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Planting Seeds

  This has been a week of planting seeds. Not real seeds, like in dirt. Because all the dirt in Colorado is frozen. So are the trees. And everything else, including me. It’s snowing outside. Did you know that? I woke up half an hour early this morning because my house was freezing and the […]

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Rottweilers and Writing Companions

This week, I went to visit one of my friends. She lives in town, which is a very long drive from where I hide away in the middle of absolutely nowhere, and she just moved into her beautiful new house. She’s got an enormous tree growing in the front yard, and so, so much painting […]

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January, IKEA, and Reading Goals

Can we all just agree that January lasted an entire year? Because it lasted an entire year. Seriously, that was the longest month ever. And, thank goodness, a fairly productive one for me, considering I set my expectations way too high and had to rein it in a bit in the last week. Mostly to […]

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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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