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Art Vitamin: Your Recommended Daily Dose of Art

  Hi friends! Welcome to the introduction of Art Vitamin: your recommended daily dose of art. If you’re an artist you know your art needs to be nourished. We thrive on inspiration, whenever, wherever we can get it. So pop this daily Art Vitamin and soak it up! If you’re not an artist, you know how […]

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Act Before You Think

On a Facebook writers group I’m a member of, someone started a discussion by asking who among us were Indies, who were traditionally published, and who were “authors in waiting.” I suspected the term “author in waiting” to be someone with a completed manuscript who was waiting to either secure a literary agent, or a […]

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How To Not Quit, Even When You Want To

Some scenes are too hard to write. Sometimes your brain starts to hurt just thinking about what should happen next. Most of the time it comes down to those pesky characters. What are they really feeling and thinking, but saying otherwise? People are so damn complicated. Yesterday my manuscript was torturing me. I couldn’t move […]

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Why President Obama Reads Books

    It is so true that a reader’s takeaway is very individual. We all get something different from the books we read. Mainly because it connects back to our personal experiences, both positive and negative. Some people choose the act of reading as an escape from their daily life, or for pure entertainment, or […]

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A Writer’s Work is Never Done

photo by Lionel Martinez This post was originally published on Women Writers, Women’s Books. The other day my daughter walked into our family room and asked me for a ride somewhere. I didn’t turn my head; The other day my daughter walked into our family room and asked me for a ride somewhere. I didn’t […]

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There is No Such Thing As Failure

photo by Chris Dlugosz I was recently working on a deal with Costco to have my book sold in their stores. At the last minute, the deal fell through. I won’t bore you with the details, but I worked very hard for the better part of a year until it was beyond my control and […]

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Watching a Novelist at Work

photo by theilr I was recently asked if I’d consider participating in a program at a local college that aims to pair professionals with Honors students who are pursuing similar careers. The goal is to forge a mentoring relationship. After hearing some of the details of the program, I expressed my interest. It sounded like […]

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New Jersey Monthly: Food For Thought

  It was a few weeks before my 34th birthday, and I was seven months pregnant with my first child. My husband, a native of Wyckoff, and I were living in Manhattan. We worked long days back then and didn’t cook much at home. After all, we lived in New York City, food paradise of […]

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An Open Letter to Pigs (And Other Picky Eaters)

photo by David Merrett Dear Pigs, By the way, may I call you that? Pigs? It’s meant with the utmost respect, and after all, it is your name. Believe me, pig. I’ve never used your name in vain when referring to perverts or sleazeballs. I don’t know who started that. Uncool. Nor have I ever […]

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