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Blossom Before the Wind Blows

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asked Mary Oliver. I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately because Wayne Dyer, Wes Craven, and Oliver Sacks all died within a couple days of each other. Wayne Dyer taught me not to […]

Blossom Before the Wind Blows

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Squeeze Us, Jesus – A New Christian Blog 4

Ta da! I hereby announce my new Christian blog! Finally, I’m blogging about the one thing that means more to me than anything. It only took me seven years of wandering around the online desert as a blogger. Good thing God is patient. “Squeeze Me, Jesus” is a Christian blog […]


Writers, Achieve Your Goals! Motivation to Keep Writing 5

Finding the motivation to write is a constant struggle, even for writers who earn a living from writing! That’s why I wrote Fire Up the Muse — to help writers achieve their goals, no matter what obstacles they face. If you’re a writer who struggles with self-doubt, frustration, writer’s block, fear of failure, […]

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New on Quips and Tips – Better Writing, Money Psychology, and More

My newest Quips and Tips articles range from making your blog posts more popular to discovering how your personality affects your saving and spending habits (money psychology!). And, I’m sad to report that my literary agent and I aren’t on the same page when it comes to my latest book […]


New Articles – Divorce, Divorce, Divorce! and Thanksgiving Dinner 1

Here are this week’s new articles from The Adventurous Writer – divorce was the hot topic, because of a wonderful book I’ve been reading (and no, it’s not because my marriage is unhappy!). I also wrote about writing careers, Thanksgiving, saving money for Christmas shopping, and Halloween costumes. First, advice […]


Writing Strategy #5 – What To Do While Waiting for Publishers to Decide 1

Every week, The Adventurous Writer features a writing strategy, sometimes from Quips & Tips for Successful Writers (and sometimes not — like today!). This week, the strategy is about what to do while waiting for publishers and editors to decide on sample chapters, book manuscripts, or article pitches. Last week, I submitted my […]


Writing Strategy #4 – Ask for Specific Feedback for Sample Chapters 6

Every week, The Adventurous Writer features a writing strategy from Quips & Tips for Successful Writers. This week, the strategy is about asking for specific feedback for sample chapters. I submitted my three sample chapters to my agent last week, who delivered them to a potential publisher (my fingers and […]