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Erase Ignorance and Fear With Knowledge and Power

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok Ignorance strikes fear in me. When I’m not knowledgeable about something important, my confidence jumps out the window. I can’t stand it. There’s nothing like a Confidence High. It’s powerful. When it matters, I find out. Books are one of my favorite ways to…

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Succeeding on Purpose for my Readers

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson Why would you leave your life-goals to chance? Being a passive bystander to your career isn’t likely to help make your goals come true. I don’t even know if it would be accurate to say I’m a gifted storyteller.…

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Planner or Pantser?

In the beginning I didn’t outline and I wrote in one document in sequence. But when I tried to finish a project, it was confusing and challenging because of editing. Now, I outline and use Scrivener to separate my stories by scene. Easier to both plan and to edit. I write best when I write…

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Ignore Disabled People Out of Embarrassment?

I’m a devout Unitarian Universalist (UU).  To get technical on you (aka cut and pasting from the www.uua.org website), that means my “spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition…” UUs are also, “brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and…

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OutWrite 2018 LGBTQ Literary Festival

Wow, I attended the workshops for writers held Sunday, August 5th at the LGBTQ OutWrite Literature Festival 2018. Glad I went! It was a small, event with some big and controversial topics. I will definitely make it out again next year. They have workshops for readers as well and lots of book and other vendors…

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Breaking Ground On My New Website

August has been one of the best months of the year so far. We’ve finally broke ground on my new web site. Plus, the designers are working hard on my book covers. It has taken me what seemed to be months to outline and create the content and atmosphere of my website. It’s like having…

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How White Our Reading World Really Is

“We no longer live in a time when marginalized people are voiceless. Instead we have the opportunity to ensure that those voices are amplified. People of all cultures and backgrounds have valuable experiences and universal ideas to share, and we all stand to gain when those voices are heard.” This was a fascinating article, “I…

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Storm of Roses Gets A Facelift

I published Storm of Roses back in 2006. This year I’m giving my debut a facelift, which includes a new cover. I’m Sooo excited! The new cover will be more epic and powerful. Truly demonstrating the depth of its contents. I really like my current cover; but I’m going to love the new one. The…

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