Sunday Soundtrack: Hunnybee

One benefit to having college-age children who enjoy music is that they’re always sending you recommendations of new songs to try. Here’s one Frack introduced me to, something they play on Sundays to set the mood for the coming week....
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Be a Camellia

Last month, my oldest friend Kathryn said goodbye to her mother. It was a hard goodbye after weeks of hospitals, frustration, and medical shortcomings, and Kathryn and her father will be dealing with the raw scar of pain for a very long time. Andrea Hickman White was an honest to goodness force of nature. She was married for more than fifty years to her high school sweetheart, Ken. She loved her...
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RWA National: Art Journaling 101

My very first workshop of this year’s conference was one presented by my dear friends Katherine Garbera and Nancy Robards Thompson and moderated by yours truly. Both of them have been using art journaling as a creative pathway, and this interactive workshop (glitter glue was involved) gave the participants an opportunity to create an art journal page. You don’t have to be a fabulous...
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RWA National: The Courageous Writer: Power Through the Fear

Considering my last couple of years have been like a tunnel, this workshop really hit the spot. Aspiring author Fae Rowen, debut author Laura Drake, and NYT bestselling historical author Tessa Dare shared a passel of wisdom about the fears that crop up in all stages of the writing career, how to face them, and how to get past them so you can be productive. Here are some highlights: “There...
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RWA National: The Joy of Writing, With or Without a Contract

After the last year or two I’ve had, my writer self needed some TLC. Authors Dani Collins and Cathryn Parry presented several strategies to get yourself unmoored and productive. They provided a series of tools to tackle difficult writing situations. COPING STRATEGIES: If you’re struggling with self-doubt, ask yourself “Why do I write?” and “What is success to...
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