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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 look backwards, at the wake left behind me. Instead, I […]

Blossom Before the Wind Blows

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Squeeze Us, Jesus – A New Christian Blog

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 that offers practical tips and encouragement to believers who feel […]


Writers, Achieve Your Goals! Motivation to Keep Writing

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, perfectionism, disgust for your work, hopelessness, complacency, and just plain […]

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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 proposal…which means I’m looking for new representation! I’ve sent out […]


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

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 from Ray Bradbury for writers: “To sum it all up, […]


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

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 sample chapters to my agent, to be forwarded to a Canadian […]


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

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 toes are crossed! See Writing Strategy #3 – Write for […]


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5 Web Writing Tips From a Panel of Bloggers

Instead of a writing strategy this week, I’ve rounded up several effective web writing tips from a panel of bloggers. These tips are (mostly) from the Web Writing Panel at the Writer’s Craft Fair hosted by the BC Association of Magazine Publishers. I was honored to participate in this panel – I love being a panelist! – and learned a […]


Writing Strategy #3 – Write for One Hour

Every week, The Adventurous Writer features a writing strategy from Quips & Tips for Successful Writers (or another first-rate source!). This week, the strategy is how to “write for one hour.” My sample chapters to a publisher are due in a couple of weeks, my series of seven health articles is due in one week, an editor needs me to rewrite […]