Category Archives: inspiration

On the Road Again

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Okay, not so much on the road as on the plane, train, and autobús, but the saying is a good one! I love to travel. This time, I have embarked on a somewhat-impromptu trip to gorgeous España. Hey, when the airfare deal is hot, you got to strike! (See also, my upcoming trip to Peru.) I love Spain, and my… Read more »

Five Favorite Writing Quotes

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5. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” –Ernest Hemingway This is a great quote for those days when writing feels hard and, because it feels hard, you start to question the entire edifice. Maybe you aren’t meant to be a writer, if writing is hard for you. Writing is easy… Read more »

Four “Comforting” Things People Say to Pre-Published Writers (That are NOT)

4. You finished a book! Most people will never manage that! Yeah, okay. I finished a book. Yay me! It is a big accomplishment, but it’s also one that I hit for the first time when I was 13. I’ve written almost SIX books now. It is hard to see writing additional books as anything but a failure—as in, I’ve written… Read more »

More Writing Music!

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I have written before about my writing music—or the lack thereof. I don’t listen to music while I write. I’m the kind of person who is compelled to sing along to every song, so it would be a bit of a distraction from the whole actually writing thing. But there are songs that I listen to when I am not… Read more »

Book Clubs: A Good Thing

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I need to start keeping a list of ideas for blog posts. During the week, I find myself thinking “Oh, I should write a blog post about that!” all the time, but then when Saturday rolls around (nominally the day that I blog), I can’t think of anything to write about. Case in point, I saved the above as a… Read more »

Midnight in Paris

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While watching Diane Keaton accept Woody Allen’s award at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I had never seen a single Woody Allen movie. I knew who he was, with the thick glasses and the marriage to his sorta step-daughter, but as the clips of all his most famous works played, none seemed familiar…. Read more »

The Struggle

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I have written before about the somewhat odd relationship I have with both working out and writing. They are two things that I love, that I constantly strive to make part of my life, that help calm my mind and order my thoughts…and that I absolutely hate doing. I was thinking about this today, as I sat on my comfortable… Read more »