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Snow and showdowns

We had our first “sticky” snow of the season overnight. It didn’t last long, and I know it’s just the beginning, but it still made me smile. Especially since the sun came out. If you’re working on NaNoWriMo this year, let me know how it’s going. I have my own goal for November—to finish book

Inspiration for writing and life

Over the years, I’ve been collecting quotes that inspire me when I’m low, or need a reminder that it’s not supposed to be easy, or when I’m rooted in fear. I’m sharing some of them with you in hopes that one of them will inspire or help you when you need it. You can fix a bad

Don’t wait

I once worked with a woman in her late thirties who had never seen the ocean, had only been to two States, and had flown on a plane once (for a business trip). She was not poor, afraid to fly, or uninterested in seeing the world. She and her husband made decent money, didn’t have

Fun with Dick and Jane

Goal: Determine GMC for my main characters Motivation: To write a better story with believable actions and conflict. Conflict: It’s hard work! I want to know what my characters want, why, and why they can’t have it. Yes, I’m working on my new book’s GMC. Again. Here’s the thing. This time around, I really need

What you can learn from children and Toyota

What do kids and Toyota have in common? They ask “why?” a lot. If you’ve ever spent time around a child, you’ve probably experienced the phenomenon of endless whys. Children are masters at digging deep. In the world of manufacturing, Toyota and its world-renowned manufacturing system are the same way. (In spite of their recent

High Resolution

Happy 2010! I hope you all had a great holiday. My household is catching up on laundry and email as we recover from a great trip to visit family in Phoenix. And, like many of you, I’m thinking about goals. Even though resolutions for the new year have become cliché, I find it helpful to