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Can You Follow Your Dreams and Find Success?

Can You Follow Your Dreams and Find Success?

Can You Follow Your Dreams and Find Success?What if you could succeed by following your deepest passion?You know—that thing you do even if in secret, so you can avoid ridicule, naysayers, guilt-jerkers, etc. Or, the one you’ve put on the back burner for years, maybe decades, because, well, you have bills to pay, kids to […]

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Let Me Be Frank With You

Let Me Be Frank With You

I love books.Okay, so that’s not a news flash. I’m a novelist primarily, but have had 4 books of co-authored nonfiction published along with 2 novels. I’m also a book editor.So books are pretty much what I do.But I write and edit and speak at literary conferences because, well, I love words and reading and […]

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Fear of failure

Stop Holding Yourself Back

​Don’t we live in a world where success is just everything? All the motivational gurus, all the self-help books, all the talk shows and etc., etc. — all are espousing success and how to get there.And God knows, I’m not advocating for failure. Although it can sure teach us a lot.But so often what I […]

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Imagine what it would be like if you really could help change the world. Didn’t even the thought of it make your blood surge a bit? Here is how you can:

This Is How You Can Help Change the World

We all want to positively affect our world, no?Often in the idealism of youth, we truly believe we can change the world. And, we want to leave our marks to assure history doesn’t completely forget us. And then we get a bit older and realize we’re just dots in the grand scheme of human existence.We’re […]

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Red Caboose vineyard and winery,

Are The Fruits Of Your Labor Worth The Commitment?

Great things can take a very long time.Which seems somewhat anathema to our “instant” society, no?As a novelist, I’m used to settling in for countless years with a place and people, with the twists and turns, the delights and sorrows of what the characters go through, the story ever deepening as it grows.And that’s just […]

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What if You’re Right where You’re Supposed to Be?

I tell ya, I’ve been the queen of self-doubt.  Seriously.  Which has made decision making, well, something of a challenge . . . For a good part of my life, I’d find myself somewhat paralyzed when faced with a major decision.  Because you know, rarely is a choice about either this or that.  Usually, five […]

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Inspiration from a Novelist: What Drives You?

As we know, I love stories and storytellers!  This week we’re blessed to have the thoughts of novelist Colleen M. Story, talking about life philosophy as it relates to writing, and specifically to her beautiful new novel, Loreena’s Gift: Why are you driven to do what you do? This story came out of my insatiable […]

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This Texas Winemaker Found Bliss On The Vine

Being in any creative field is plain, hard work.  As anybody doing so can attest to. But for me, accompanied by that is the fun side of writing fiction. Because sometimes gifts simply fall from the sky.  And on some brilliant and beautiful days, magic reigns. So, as I’ve spoken of before, my new novel […]

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This Is Not A Newsflash But It Is A Damn Good Story

I love stories. This is not a newsflash.  LOL.  I’m a novelist, so of course I love stories. But don’t you?  Ah, hearing what makes people tick, how their lives have run their course, listening to what they’ve learned, doesn’t that just tweak you?  It sure does me. Not that I can ever learn from […]

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This Is Why I Write. Truth Is, It’s In My Bones

Don’t you love convening with like-minded folks? I had such a fabulous time speaking at the NETWO Writers’ Conference last weekend! Writers’ conferences jazz me.  Talking about all things writing and meeting with new writers and published authors as well is always fun, as is meeting new friends such as Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa […]

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