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Killing the Pirate: The Cutting Pain of Editing a Character from a Novel

This evening, I discovered the ending to the novel I’ve been working on for the past nine years. Glorious. It all makes sense now. Of course, I also realize that…

VIDEO: Crowdfunding for Authors Tutorial with Pubslush

RECORDED WEBINAR: Crowdfunding for authors How to raise funds to publish your book led by Amanda Barbara of Pubslush It used to be that writers publishing futures were completely controlled by…
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How to Fail at Being a Writer

Would you like to know how to fail at being a writer? Follow these steps exactly and failure may be yours! First, begin with doubt. Doubt your talent, your brain,…
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My Daughter’s First Glimpse of Mortality: The Death of Ichi, Ni, San and Toto

My daughter was four-years-old when I wrote this essay. As I had very little experience with death in my own life, guiding her through her first glimpse of mortality proved…
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Proper Introductions: The Evolution of a Wallflower

My twelve-year old daughter and I stood at the edge of the wedding pre-party. The crowd of barely knowns and complete unknowns jumped and seethed with motion and noise. Happy.…
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Bookshelf Porn: Three Books That Ruined My Ability to Hold A “Real” Job

You may read thousands of books in your lifetime, but there will always be those few special ones that impact your mortal trajectory in major ways. Books inspire us, show us glimpses…
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Book Launch Checklist

Authors and publishers must keep track of a great many details when launching a new book. Here is a checklist to help guide you through the process, from the book…

How to Get Revenge on Your Father

Live story telling: Revenge You might think your dad was embarrassing growing up. No. Your dad likely ranked mildly annoying on my personal scale of  PIH (Parental Induced Humiliation). My dad,…
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The Alchemy of Running

I blame my stepfather for my running habit. He got me started early, perfectly timed to a life stage change so I forever associate running with growth and transition. In fifth…
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The Problem with Poetry

Poets gets me in trouble. First, it was all because of Poe. At thirteen, I obsessed over his gorgeous, grand lines. Safely ensconced in my playhouse with the door firmly closed against eavesdropping…