Amy Trueblood interviewed me this morning for her Writer Odyssey Wednesday feature. :)


Dead Poets Society [Peter Weir, 1989]


Dead Poets Society [Peter Weir, 1989]

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I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.

- Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

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You are irreplaceable. You are unparalleled. You are important, to one person, to a classroom of people, to a single person on the internet. If you are thinking about suicide, even “not seriously”, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. 

They saved my life. They can save yours. Depression is an ugly disgusting creature. It lies and tricks and deceives. Flip it the bird. Stand up on your desk. You are worth help. You have so many more things in this world to discover and love. 

I love you. Stay here. I promise the good days make up for the bad. 

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A Lesson on Pitching from The Next Food Network Star



This is about two minutes, and cued up. 

Stacey is about to pitch her idea for a Food Network show.

Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by pitching an idea the wrong way! Great advice here.


Upcycling and yarn…YES! Ivano Vitali uses old newspapers to create yarn and then sculptures.


Upcycling and yarn…YES! Ivano Vitali uses old newspapers to create yarn and then sculptures.


Book Nerd Problems | Buying Too Many Books

This is me. Every time I walk into a bookstore.

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Deal Alert: Get The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare for only $1.99!


Great news: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is today’s Kindle Daily Deal. That means if you haven’t read it yet, now’s the time to grab it at only $1.99

Also, don’t forget I have a Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway going on, so after you read the book, leave a review online and enter to win an Alex Wayfare prize pack. 


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Battling Clichés & Tired, Old Tropes: Hate-at-First-Sight Love Stories

I love a good cliche in the books I read, as long as it’s executed well, with a fresh twist. :)



It’s an age-old writers’ question: What do I do about clichés and well-worn tropes? This month, we’ve asked authors about the clichés and tropes they find themselves falling back on, and how they fix, invert, or embrace them. Today, Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, asks you to keep three things in mind when writing this type of romance:

CLICHÉ: Hate-at-first-sight-then-fall-in-love romances

Confession: I’m a huge fan of the hate-at-first-sight-then-fall-in-love romances, so it always saddens me to hear people calling them a trope or a cliché. I mean, as the saying goes: “There are no new stories, only new ways of telling them.”

And therein lies the problem—the reason why I think hate-at-first-sight romances can so easily annoy rather than excite: we aren’t finding new ways of telling that tried-and-true story. We’re falling back on an old formula without actually studying what’s underneath.

In fact, I would even go so far as to say that we aren’t telling real hate-at-first-sight love stories at all. Let me explain.

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"Let yourself get lost."


"Let yourself get lost."