Band Aids on the Past

I’m not a mental health professional – all my observations are from my life and what I see of others around me. Many of us grew up in war zones, with distracted parents. They say every child needs one person who thinks they’re ‘all that’, who is their advocate and supporter, no matter what. Some…

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Where I’m From

If you like this, you can make your own! You can find a template for how to do it, HERE. Where I’m From I’m from Johnson Baby Oil, lemon juice hair bleach, and swimming pool perfume. From standing on towels to protect bare feet from hot asphalt, waiting to pay Smitty the Ice Cream Man.…

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Intriguing First Lines

I have a thing about first lines. I love reading them, love writing them. I’ve been pulled into a book by just a first line alone. There are many types of first lines: irony, catalyst, comparison, asking a question, dilemma, interesting character, high concept and humor. (if you want to know more about these, I…

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Balance and How to Get Better at it (not just for writers)

I was listening to a Creative Penn Podcast on my walk today, and Joanna Penn was interviewing Dan Holloway, author, runner and teacher of how to be more creative (something I need work on – I’m going to buy his book, Creative Doing on the subject.) But one thread of the fascinating conversation was about…

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The Writer’s Life Still Surprises Me

I just looked it up – I started writing my first novel in 1997. Twenty-five years and 14 novels later, you’d think I’d have myself figured out by now. But every book, I discover new things about myself and this writing thing. Here’s a few examples: 1. I have to write. When did that happen?…

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It’s Women’s Fiction Day!

EDITED FOR WINNERS! Andrea Smith & Nalria Gaddy, watch for an email from me (check spam filter if you don’t see it). Everyone else – I hope you’ll consider buying a copy!  https://www.thestoryplant.com/the-road-to-me   In honor of Women’s Fiction Day, I’m giving away two copies of The Road to Me! In case you’re not familiar,…

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The Book Release Hangover

From the ‘thingstheynevertellyou’ file. After a looong time writing, even longer time editing, and interminable waiting, you finally have a new book coming out. The cover reveal is a blast, and you’ve gotten tons of wonderful comments! The unboxing of the books at your house was amazing, all captured for social media and spread liberally.…

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Weakness: Your Greatest Strength

I saw this meme on social media today, and it reminded me of a huge discovery I made that changed how I saw the world. See, I’ve been an outlier all my life. As a kid, I was a dreamer. My mother told me to get ready for school only to come back five minutes…

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Test Day

A quick piece of Flash Fiction I wrote this morning: TEST DAY I don’t know if we were born to the same family for each other, or if it was random. But I’ve heard you get closer to a fellow comrade during war—even if it’s a domestic one. It was okay that we both supported…

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