Reading and Writing

Short pieces I have written, reviews of books that I have read, etc…

How I Discovered Lemonade and a New Business out of Life’s Lemons

When life gives you lemons, do you:A) Make lemonade;B) Learn to juggle; orC) Add a little vodka and soda? Story time! Ever wonder how I got interested in social media and turning Unleashing the Next Chapter into a Social Media Marketing & Management company? It’s honestly a lemons to lemonade story. I have always loved …

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Plants, an antique mall, and a WIP– storytime

Exciting find at the antique store this weekend! So, a little story for my reading, writing, and planty friends… (I’m looking at you, Audrice!) Some of you know I have a weakness for houseplants, and got this beautiful Calathea “Fusion White” for my birthday in March. We went to this specific antique shop because a …

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Bouchercon2019 Dallas Convention Highlights

I’m tying up the loose ends as social media manager for Bouchercon2019. There were over 1700 attendees. There were multiple panels, interviews, and activities happening simultaneously for almost four days at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. It was a wonderful job that allowed me to go in and out of all the sessions and events, but …

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Not your typical police procedural…

This review is long overdue, as I read the book months ago. I also should disclose that I read it mainly because, although I love mysteries, I had met Prakash Dighé through the Dallas, TX writing community and found him to be a very kind man who had lived an interesting life. I wanted to …

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Meet Author Kathleen Baldwin and her Stranje House series.

Writing is a strange profession. I don’t know many other careers where you’re expected to publicly critique and review your colleagues’ work. Usually I feel awkward doing that, especially when it’s somebody I know, but this time it’s a pleasure. Those of you who read the Unleashing February newsletter know that I intended to read …

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Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected. …

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Last Minute NaNoWriMo Motivation–Discovering “Why I Write”

This hashtag, #whyIwrite, has been floating around social media the last few weeks, and it got me thinking. Since TOMORROW is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo2017 (gasp! Are you ready?), and I intend to dedicate a minimum of fifty hours in the month of November in order to write 50k words on my book about service …

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What Should I Write About?

Can you think of any aspect of life that wouldn’t benefit from some intentional thought, planning, or reflection? I can’t either. That’s probably why you know successful doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, coaches, creatives, scientists, friends, and family who are committed journal writers. Just in case you haven’t seen the research and articles about the benefits of …

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Cactus & Kangaroos Wrap-up

This past weekend was the culmination of six months of dreaming, planning, researching, and accomplishing a huge project for Dallas/Fort Worth writers. I have slept and thought for the last three days, and I think I can now summarize what I’ve learned… It all starts with an initial contact. I knew the writers in my …

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40 Reasons: “Why Do You Write?” Challenge

I’ve been struggling a little with motivation this past week. Thanks to storms moving in and out of our area, I’ve been fighting migraine attacks and my own pain storm. Using that downtime to take advantage of YouTube, podcasts, and other written social media, I’ve watched, listened to, and read many motivational leaders. Among my …

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