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Gone Girl, A Book I Love

Gone Girl, A Book I Love

2 by / on January 8, 2013, 1:13 PM / in Reading

  When a narcissist marries a sociopath, what could possibly go wrong? Gillian Flynn paints a fascinating portrait of Nick and Amy Dunne’s dysfunctional marriage as they move from being wealthy New York writers to not-quite-broke Midwesterners. Chapters alternate between Nick’s and Amy’s side of the story and even though they are pitted against each other, you want them both to win. The novel begin as a mystery – where is Amy Dunne? – but moves into a brilliantly unpredictable psychological thriller, a game where only one spouse can win. I am not usually a fan of mimetic fiction, but this novel grabbed my brain and wouldn’t let it go until I had finished it. Several times over the past [...]

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Habits

Habits

0 by / on January 3, 2013, 1:40 PM / in Featured

  “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an art, but a  habit.” -Aristotle We all know it takes three to four weeks of consistent behavior to form a habit, but sometimes even our most sincere efforts don’t work. I’ve been telling myself I need to eat more vegetables for what seems like years now, but I haven’t made any appreciable headway. I think I should be eating veggies at every meal. Here are a few things to consider when trying to start a new habit. Decide if it is a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Tuesday’s post can help with that. Does eating vegetables at every meal fall into these guidelines? Yes. It’s not time-bound, though, because it’s a [...]

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2013 – A Year of Promise

2013 – A Year of Promise

2 by / on January 1, 2013, 2:30 PM / in Featured

  I love every New Year. I’m filled with a tremendous sense of optimism and possibility. You can see that from yesterday’s list of resolutions. They’re insanely optimistic, but I think they are doable. Why? Because I’ve run them through the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting acronym. Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time-bound   My resolutions are fairly S.M.A.R.T., possibly a bit on the unattainable within 12 months but I’ll give them my best shot.   Let’s take a look at a really popular New Year’s resolution: Lose weight. Is it S.M.A.R.T.? No. It’s a relatively lousy goal as written, let’s work on it. Feel free to take your resolutions and work on them as well.   Specific: Definitely not.  How much weight? You [...]

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2013 Resolutions

2013 Resolutions

3 by / on December 31, 2012, 2:19 PM / in Featured

  My New Year’s resolutions are done. I’m excited and empowered by them and that’s just how it should be. Here are my goals, and some stretch goals as well. 1) Write a minimum of 3500 words a day. 3000 on the current novel and 500 on the current short story. Also, work in a few hundred on a blog post or an upcoming non-fiction book I’ll talk more about in the late Spring.  Stretch goal: uh, this is over a million words so I think this is the stretch goal.   2) Complete, edit and polish 12 short stories for my mailing list. Every month I will be sharing a short story with the people on the list – [...]

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2012 in Review

2012 in Review

0 by / on December 30, 2012, 12:29 PM / in Featured

  There’s only a day and a half left of 2012 and since I’m not expecting any major catastrophes, I think its safe to take a look back at 2012.   Overall, 2012 was a good year for me. I published my first book and have sold over 150 copies in the 3 months it’s been out. For a woman with no marketing budget I’d say that was pretty good.  Why no money for marketing? I’m holding on to it until I have more books published, hoping for more return on my investment.   I successfully made it through all the steps required to self-publish a novel, and now each time I go through them again I will have more [...]

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

0 by / on December 26, 2012, 8:31 AM / in Featured

This post was originally on Reader’s Guide to ePublishing, but that site is now down. Alas.   Before we get to the future, I have a couple of things to mention: 1. Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list. Each month in 2013 I will be sharing a short story with the mailing list that no one else will be able to read until the end of the year. 2. The Shattered Door is on sale through 12/31. The ebook is only $2.99 (50% off) – find it here: Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords.   Now, on to our post!   Since we’ve all survived the Mayan Apocalypse, it’s time to get on with our lives and for [...]

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Survivor!

Survivor!

0 by / on December 22, 2012, 9:28 AM / in Featured

Now that I’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse, what am I going to do?

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Rube Goldberg Menorah Lighting

0 by / on December 13, 2012, 11:35 AM / in Holidays

Courtesy of Aish.com  

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Night 5 already

1 by / on December 12, 2012, 9:44 PM / in Holidays

And it’s time for five things make a blog post. 1) I saw a great thing earlier today that fits in nicely with yesterday’s post. Start the year with an empty jar and every time something wonderful happens, write it down. Read all the slips of paper next New Year’s Eve. 2) Today I finished the first draft of Morrison Investigations Case 2, “The book without a good title”. Tomorrow I start work on Case 3. That’s right, no rest for the wicked, not even the extremely wicked. 3) I am sitting in my car, waiting for my youngest son to get out of Boy Scouts. I just heard a commercial on the radio for amateur night at a strip [...]

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The Gift of Gratitude

The Gift of Gratitude

5 by / on December 11, 2012, 11:20 PM / in Featured

  I’m not generally an overly sweet or sentimental person, but this is one topic that gets me every time. It’s probably because I have such a great life and I know it. When you look at my life, it’s a lot like everyone else’s in that there’s good and bad. It’s all in how you frame it in your mind. There’s good and bad everywhere, good and bad in everyone’s life. Cultivating gratitude can be a difficult task, but it certainly feels better than continually thinking about how tough your life is. So this year, for Hanukkah I am grateful for all that I already have, not for the gifts I may or may not get. I am grateful [...]

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