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Grief and the Writer

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We grieve over many things in our lives:  Loss of loved ones through death or divorce, loss of opportunities, loss of health, of youth, of hope . . .   Greif is dangerous ground for a writer.  We spend too much time in our heads thinking “what if?” All our emotions gather there as well. In fact, as storytellers, emotions …

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Three Things I Learned from Kathryn Falk, Lady Barrow and Founder of RT Magazine

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May 18, 2018   What a great date, especially for big changes!   The rumors are true.  This will be the last RT Booklovers’ Convention. Kathryn Falk will go on to many other things. The woman  has a range of interests and big ideas are always percolating away inside her. Tonight, I’ve been asked to speak on what Kathryn has …

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Book Clubs! Laura Lee Guhrke

Hello my wonderful readers! I have a recommendation for your next Romance Book Club meeting: THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DUKES by Laura Lee Guhrke. Her book NO MISTRESS OF MINE is a 2017 Rita Finalist with Romance Writers of America. So there you have it, I’m not recommending just any writer. Plus, THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DUKES is …

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We Did It! A Romance Yarn Report

The first Romance reading program in Richmond, A Romance Yarn, was held November 4th. What a great evening!   First, Dances with Wool proved to be the perfect venue. The shop is cozy and welcoming. There were comfy chairs as well as folding ones. Some people brought their knitting and settled right in.  There was wine, cocoa, tea, and chocolate. …

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Good bye, Beautiful Richmond/Get Ready, Austin!

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I’m moving from Richmond and to be honest, I’m a bit surprised I am. I love it here. I raised my children in this city. I’ve established myself and had a grand doing it.   I adore my house.   Of course, I knew that someday I’d move. The kids are no longer here. I’m pragmatic. The time would come when …

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Once More with Gusto—Organizing the Writer

I’m desperate to get myself organized. Yes, this stuff is usually reserved for January and a new year but I’m preparing to move from my wonderful Richmond to Austin. Big changes are coming. (I’ll share more info as I go along) and I know if I don’t reset my goals and focus, I will get nothing done over these next …

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Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way

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I started seriously writing in 1991. This coming May 2016, I will have been at this profession for twenty-five years. That’s a good milestone. So, here are a few things I’ve learned over the years. I’ll add more as I consider them:   No one will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. Few of us are asked …

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Alan Alda, Dead Cats, and Making Story Matter

I heard Alan Alda speak last Saturday night. He was charming and fun.  He grew up in Vaudeville and knows how to tell a story.  What I wasn’t expecting was a bit of plot development insight. Referring to Aristotle’s observation that a story has “a beginning, a middle, and an end,” he observed that so does a dead cat.   …

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Advice on Author Readings? Go!

It isn’t unusual for authors of other genres to read their work at book signings. However, in Romance, we haven’t done it that often until Hope Tarr, Maya Rodale, and others started Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. Now there are a host of Romance genre reading programs, many using the “Lady Jane” in the title, around the country. The first …

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Trademark Me: Be Love

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Some people go for tattoos; others for significant jewelry—and use them to create symbols that define their lives. I’ve done one of the two. I’ll let you decide which.   However, recently, I found myself mulling over the idea of a definitive statement for me. What truly defined me? What principle has guided everything I have done in my life, …

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