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Cult of personality

Have you ever met a person who rubbed you the wrong way, but you couldn’t figure out why? Have you ever had a boss or coworker you didn’t know how to deal with? Did you ever wonder how two siblings raised by the same parents could be so different (like my own boys)? It’s all

An idea whose time has come

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing, but in the midst of living.  ~Anais Nin People often ask writers where their ideas come from. I even find myself wondering the same thing after I read a great book. The answers? Everywhere, nowhere, hard work. We get them from things we see in our

So You Think You Can Dan…er, Write

This post is also available at romancemagicians.blogspot.com today… I was watching So You Think You Can Dance last night (yes, I can’t live without my DVR–I never watch live TV anymore), and something the judges kept saying caught my attention. The gist was that if the dancers got “into character” and put the appropriate emotion in

The Daily Squirrel

Years ago, when I was in Toastmasters, we had a member, Ken, who was truly a remarkable speaker. Anytime we had an unfilled speaking slot, he would give an impromptu speech using a random topic from the audience. His most memorable speech was about gray squirrels. He gave a humorous, completely off-the-cuff, 7-minute speech about hunting

My Aha! Moment with GMC & BIF

In August, I had the good fortune to attend a workshop by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love based on their great book, Break Into Fiction (hereafter called BIF). I read the book beforehand, and went through the workshop thinking how great all of the templates are because they force you to answer the tough questions