Imagine one hundred women, seated in a hotel meeting room, anticipating a weekend of writing, learning, and camaraderie. That is where I found myself at the Friday night Keynote session of the Story Circle Network’s Stories from the Heart 2016 conference in Austin, Texas. I gazed around the room, marveling at the women present, a wide range of ages, with open welcoming faces, many women with colorful scarves and bohemian…Continue
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My latest and fourth book, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, publishes nationwide this week -- five years after Parentless Parents. In the time between book launches, the marketing landscape has shifted to such a degree that I’ve overhauled my entire PR and branding…Continue
This past week, I received partial edits for my book proposal. Throughout, there were a disconcerting amount of strikethroughs.
“We’re aiming for conciseness,” my agent wrote. “We want to make every word count.”
As a writer born into a family that brandished “brang” with alarming regularity, I’ve clung to an editing checklist that prioritizes grammar. Achieving…Continue
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Now that I've transitioned from my 4 hour daily commute as a financial software consultant to working from home as a Paranormal Romance writer (aka wannabe author) I am absolutely loving my life. I never thought it would happen and each morning I marvel at how I enjoy my days now.
For the past 6 weeks my days start a bit earlier than I'm use to due to our new Xmas addition of a puppy named Strawberry for Mr 5yo.
I wake (ummm, am constantly jumped on by the…Continue
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Charlotte Brevik knows how to make a girl feel at home. The retired-nurse/sheriff’s wife fills Lola Wicks with chicken and dumplings swamped in peppery gravy, homemade bread, and creamy casserole of butterbeans she grew and canned herself. A hearty meal…Continue
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Lately I’ve discovered that I’ve been placing a tremendous amount of stress upon myself by overloading my goal setting for my writing career. Things such as research time, story development, meeting daily word counts, editing completions, reaching out to agents daily, and meeting deadlines are just some of the things consuming me. I also have a full time - and very stressful – day job. I know I’m not alone. I hear many people complain about the very same thing. What I don't hear are many…Continue
Added by Dee Ann Waite on December 2, 2015 at 11:41am — No Comments
This meditation on love, heartbreak, and gratitude was written originally about ten years ago; it was edited and updated for Thanksgiving this year.
I'm convinced that love, a right-brain function, drives much of our…Continue
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“Everything that irritates us about others can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves.”
– Carl Jung
What does this mean? It means that everything that irritates you about other people, including loved ones, your partner, family…Continue
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Instead, take a look at the situation. What could you do a little differently? How can you adjust to make…Continue
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Food plays such an elemental part of our lives that I am often surprised how little of it is shown in fiction, and even in movies or TV shows. I mean, after all, didn’t we just have breakfast, and then lunch, and now we’re eating again? There are days when it feels that our…Continue
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I meditate, but only for 10-minute stints, and I don't do it every day. I’m a very sporadic and inconsistent yogi. I've never been to an ashram and probably never will.
Yet, I claim to live a (sorta) mindful life. I can sit in traffic or get horribly lost and…
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I was asked to start a blog about my writing experience. To be honest, I probably will not be writing a detailed and consistent blog. I'm really busy with writing, though I might post some of my thoughts or experiences.
I began writing in German at age six. I would sit down next to my mom and tell her a story. I would just make it up on the spot. I once thought up a three-minute rhyme and couldn't remember it when I started to write it down. That was my one foray into poetry. While I…Continue
I remember when I first started writing—the moment I decided to get serious about writing, to write with a purpose. When I first decided that I wanted to write with the intention of seeking publication, I bought a couple of books on the craft of writing to help improve my style.
Added by Shelley Workinger on July 20, 2015 at 7:56am — No Comments
As most of you know, I’ve recently launched my second novel, MISTS OF BAYOU RHYNE. Yes, thank you, thank you. :) And as most of you know, one of the hardest – but oh so important – things to get is a review. I’ve been told over and over again how much a reader has enjoyed my book, how they can’t wait for the next, and how they wish they could share it with everyone they know. Well, you my dear reader,…Continue
Added by Dee Ann Waite on June 25, 2015 at 11:22am — No Comments
An HGTV show called Red, Hot and Green remodeled my bathroom when I lived in L.A. The big “reveal” was exciting and horrifying all at the same time. What if it was ugly? What if I didn’t like it? How would I mask my disappointment in front of the cameras, and more importantly, in front of the smokin’ hot host of the show, Carter Oosterhouse? (See photo to the…Continue
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