Category: books

What’s in a name anyway?

As I was listening to B96 on the radio last week, the hosts Gabe and Nina were talking about names and discussing the most common one in your phone contact list. A brief look at my phone today told me a couple of things. One, I need to delete some old contacts, and two Jennifer/Jenny and... Read more »

A little feedback

A little feedback
I received another rejection for my book Suppression today. Part of the feedback was “I encourage you to develop the world a little more and try showing with dialogue and action, rather than telling with narrative and exposition.” At least she gave me feedback; it’s something to work on. I also attended the Barrington Writer’s... Read more »

Want to join me in a gratitude challenge?

Want to join me in a gratitude challenge?
This weekend as I was working on my latest book about a magical house called The Little Stone House on the Corner, I decided that the main characters are going to do a six-week gratitude challenge. I don’t want to give any other details from the book away, but I decided to also join in too.... Read more »
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"Write what you want to read"

"Write what you want to read"
I recently heard the author David Brooks repeat the common writer’s phrase, “Write the book you want to read.” Because I had never heard that before, I can’t stop thinking about it. I believe that it will influence my future books and blog posts, and it made me reflect on the three books I have... Read more »

How do you respond to rejection and disappointment?

How do you respond to rejection and disappointment?
I love books and articles; I get lost in the process of reading and in writing. Lately though, I have been getting hit with low viewership on my blog and with my e-books as well as rejections from literary agents for the third book I wrote. Friends and family have encouraged me to stay positive... Read more »

Meet Elias: “We are all born with intuitive abilities”

Meet Elias: “We are all born with intuitive abilities”
I would like to introduce you to Elias Patras. He leads motivational intuitive workshops, weekend retreats, and classes at Sauk Valley Community College and much more. I met him first when I attended the Manifesting Your Destiny Retreat in August of 2018, which was life changing to me. He has an upcoming retreat called Aspects of... Read more »
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What do you focus on?

What do you focus on?
This is a busy time of year for everyone with the holidays approaching as well as the end of another year, but it is also the time for setting goals and making resolutions. How do I decide what they are? What do I focus on in this busy holiday season? I don’t think there are... Read more »

An interview: With Myself About Heaven

An interview: With Myself About Heaven
I recently read Mitch Albom’s new book The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, and have been thinking about it ever since. Instead of simply writing about the book or writing a review of it, I decided to go deeper and interview myself. This was more difficult than I thought it would be. I hope... Read more »

“Dan and I went on a date at the carnival”

“Dan and I went on a date at the carnival”
The following chapter came from an actual experience of a first date I went on when I was younger. I love to use real life experiences that I have had or that I heard about, but then add a big dose of imagination to change details and to make it meaningful. I think often those... Read more »
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The Stories I Never Tell

The Stories I Never Tell
September’s Blogapalooza challenge is to write about a story you’ve never told to anyone. Is this topic inspired by recent political events? Do we all have secrets and stories that we keep to ourselves? Does not telling a secret mean it is not true? Not telling absolutely does not mean that it did not happen,... Read more »