Category Archives: Authors & Books

the life-changing magic of tidying up *

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Clean Hands, Clean Heart That’s an old saying that I used to think my parents made up to get me to clean my room. What it means is that our external state is reflective of our internal state. It’s a … Continue reading

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All the Light We Cannot See

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Provocative title, intriguing plot, extraordinary tale about a girl, a boy, and a war. The story opens to military action taking place on the 8th of August 1944 in the tiny yet strategic seaside town of Saint-Malo, France, where German … Continue reading

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What a writer can learn from a disappointing read

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I love my e-reader! It weighs less than a pound and holds 100s of books. For Christmas, I get gift cards from 3 of the guys I support (administratively, that is, at the office). Plus, there are lots of free … Continue reading

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It’s Not About You

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Hi I’m Vera, and I’m a list lover. Yup. Totally addicted… to making them, following them, ticking items off of them. There’s no shame, is there, in being a list lover? Lists are helpful. Making a list is a tidy … Continue reading

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Book review: The Prophet by Michael Koryta

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I have no interest in football; I don’t understand the game. Seeing athletic young men with shapely behinds is a perk, but  only holds my attention for a minute or two. You can imagine my surprise, then, to find myself … Continue reading

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Nowhere near the finish line

I was postponing this shameful moment, having to confess that I was not even close to 50K words on my novel in November (for nanowrimo). About halfway through, I read an encouraging note that suggested writers set their own goals … Continue reading

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Inspired by Poodle Springs (written by Raymond Chandler & Robert B. Parker)

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  LEVERAGE When the official statement was issued, our eyes met quickly, surprised. Then, Jenna got up and started working her way around the room with her camera. I sat still, a calm island in a sea-swell of press, my … Continue reading

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