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And Guest

Yesterday I received two invitations in the mail—one for a wedding and the other for a wedding anniversary celebration. That brings me to a total of three wedding celebrations on my calendar in the weeks between August 30st to September 26th.  And while each celebration is different in color and theme, they all have one […]
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Quotes of the Day 7. 13. 14

“The most difficult part of dating is the initial invitation.”—JANELL L. CARROLL, Sexuality Now “The urge to connect with others, and to love and be loved, is ageless and universal. No matter what your age, lifestyle, or personality, whether you’re seeking a one-night fling, a whirlwind weekend, a summer romance, or a lifetime love, dating is […]
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Self-Published Authors: We Are NOT Literary Rubbish Anymore

Recently I read a blog written by Gavin C Pugh, a 30-something reader/writer/book reviewer from Cardiff, Wales. The title of Mr. Pugh’s blog was, Thoughts— Reasons Why We Reviewers Won’t Read Your Self-Published Book. For those unfamiliar with the term, Miriam Webster define self-publishers as: those who publish books using their own resources. However, according […]
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Recently I read a blog written by Gavin C Pugh, a 30-something reader/writer / book reviewer from Cardiff, Wales. The topic of his blog centered on  self-published authors. From Mr. Pugh’s article I learned that the powers-that-be, in the book reviewing world, generally define self publishers as annoying appendages; one more layer upon the crushing […]
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Quote of the Day 7.9.14

“Having the ability to write is one thing, but actually sitting down and doing it (and re-doing it, and refining it, and editing it, etc.) takes a degree of perseverance and discipline that few possess. It’s an amazing accomplishment.”  –Karen Bisset, a woman of beauty, grace intelligence and …my cousin.  
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Twenty-one Boxes

My father passed away last Friday.  He was the last of that generation of my family… the only person still alive who had known me from birth. As I write those words, I feel my mind rattling the fibres of my heart and soul  It is desperately trying to generate the tears that it knows […]
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Home Again

My editor, Holly Loriincz, has returned Crown Hill with her suggestions for making my novel the best it can be. I have awaited Crown Hill’s edited transformation as I did my children’s first year at college; aware that when my daughter and son returned they would be changed….no doubt for the better relative to their […]
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Quote of the Day 5.2.14

“There are plenty of bad editors who try to impose their own vision on a book. A good novel editor is invisible.” ― Terri Windling, American editor, artist, essayist, and the author of books for both children and adults.
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Every Girl Deserves A Little Fiction (And A Lot of Reader Love) in Her Life

Ah writing.  Days and nights of self expression crafted through inspirational passion. Sounds so romantic, doesn’t it? The reality of writing is that it is a very solitary journey primarily taken within the thoughts and imaginings of the author.  And such is the sum of my life. I’m not complaining mind you. I love my […]
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Defining The Distance Between Hearts

Fifteen years ago, I brought my mother into my home and cared for her through the final days of her life. It was a four month time period that finalized three intense years of hospital admissions and releases, creative accommodations to extend her independent lifestyle and regular rounds of Irish conversations between us (otherwise known […]