“Create Where You Belong”

This statement floated across my Instagram feed recently (posted from Danielle LaPorte, from her book White Hot Truth, I believe) and it stopped me mid-scroll. As humans we are always seeking to belong – somewhere. We look for groups and individuals who share our interests, beliefs, and values. Too often we feel like we don’t […]

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The word for 2018: Storytelling

You may have noticed I’ve gone missing round these blog parts the last few weeks. Not to worry, it’s not that I’ve run out of ideas, rather I took a step back and asked myself, “What do you really want to do with your blog in 2018?” And, that question, of course, took me down […]

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Feminism: Is it in her shoes?

I’m normally a pretty optimistic person. And, most days I believe, with my whole heart, that this challenging time we’re experiencing will result in large-scale positive change – for everyone. Then other days, this crap pulls me down. This is one of those days. So what is it today you ask? Another mass shooting? More […]

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Goals: beginning or the end?

I hit a big goal last week. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you already know this. When I decided to give this fiction-writing thing a go I had no idea how many words made up an average book. So I did what everyone else does – I Googled it. Turns out that […]

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How Do You Define Success?

This is a question I’ve been pondering a fair amount lately. When I graduated from a college, like a hundred years ago, I pretty much defined my success in the way that seemed most culturally acceptable — a good job with a chance to move up the ladder, which of course included, making more (and […]

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Where are you most creative?

So what’s the deal with coffee shops? They are the haunts of many a writer, me included. Whether I’m writing copy for a client’s website or working on my manuscript, one of the most productive places for me is the local coffeehouse. Is it the caffeine? Is it the break in isolation that so many […]

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Here’s The thing about kindness

Yesterday when I sat down to write a blog post I just didn’t have it in me. Hurricanes, mass shootings, public policy that seems to be sending us backward instead of forward, and a quarterback who espouses racial equality but is clearly doing what he can to keep sexism alive and well. It’s all so overwhelming. […]

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A book for every child

So, I made a commitment to write a blog post every Wednesday. And, guess what? It’s Wednesday. Guess what else? A blank screen and flashing cursor have been mocking me for the last fifteen minutes. Ok, that’s not entirely true. They’ve been mocking me for at least thirty minutes. Giant sigh . . . followed […]

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My “A-HA” Moment

Last night, one of my favorite romance authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, made an appearance in the Twin Cities. And, while due to social media, we have greater access to our favorite authors than ever before, it is still fun to see people in person and learn about their writing process first hand. In the end […]

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I needed this reminder

One of the things I’ve come to believe with my whole heart is that the messages we most need to hear come to us when we most need to hear them . . . as long as we keep an open mind and heart. I was reminded of this truth again last week. You see […]

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