Podcast #3 – Writing the Preliminary Synopsis

Podcast #3 further explores inspiration and focuses on writing that initial synopsis of what your book will be about. Check it out below, and let me know how you’re doing! xx, Stephanie * Stephanie Verni is Professor of Communication at Stevenson University. She has authored five works of fiction and one academic text on Event…

Books. Book Talks. Bookshelves.

I’m looking forward to this on Tuesday and to helping budding writers in any way that I can. I’ll have copies of my books for sale and tips for writers. Thanks to the Severna Park Library for inviting me to come! Additionally, I have been inspired by so many folks on Instagram who post photos…

Little Milestones Trailer – My New Book

Hello again, readers! I was finally able to complete the trailer for Little Milestones, my newest book, and the follow-up novel to Inn Significant. For more information on my books, visit my Amazon page or Barnes & Noble page by clicking the links here. Thanks for taking a peek! xx, Stephanie * Stephanie Verni is…

Interpersonal Communication Up Next

* This semester, I’ll be teaching two sections of Interpersonal Communication. I couldn’t be more pleased to reacquaint myself with this course, as I have not taught it in several years. This is such a wonderful foundational course in communication, and it is the basis on which relationships are built, caressed, fostered, and extended. The…

Podcast 2 – Who Inspires Your Writing?

  * Today, we’ll be talking on the podcast about other writers who inspire you writing. If you’re a writer, listen to the podcast and then do the assignment I’m giving you at the end of the podcast. It will help you start to focus. It will also help you find the “why” behind what…

12 Tips for Being a Successful College Student

I’ve seen a lot since I taught my first class in 1993 at Anne Arundel Community College as an adjunct. As a professor at Stevenson University since 2000, and full-time since 2008, I can offer some tips to those of you who have children going off to college this year, those who are in college,…

10 Random Thoughts for the First Friday of the New Year

Hello, there, readers. I haven’t seen you since last year, and you’re looking well! I hope the New Year is good to you. It seems that 2020 has a lot in store for us all… I thought I’d start off today with some random thoughts that I’ve had over the last couple of weeks to…

2019 – I Bid You Adieu With a Swift Kick of The Boot

Here we are, ladies and gentlemen; we have reached the end of the long and winding road of 2019 as we await the coming of a new year and new decade. And so there is nothing left to do but to bid adieu to 2019 with a swift kick of the boot as I recall…

Times Flies & Simple Goals for 2020

*** When I think of how many years I’ve walked these streets in Annapolis and then actually count them, I can get a little uncomfortable with the passing of time. I moved to the Annapolis area when I was 13. Now, I’m in my fifties. Time flies. We all grow older, I understand that. Seeing…

The Merriest Season and a Week of Joy

*** Well, today is Christmas Eve. It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for here at the Verni household. This year, we are hosting both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and then we are heading to my parents’ house the day after Christmas for a celebration with my brother and his family. Three days of…

Unlost – Sharing a Short Story from The Postcard

Today, I’m sharing a short story I wrote that was published in my book of 2018 titled The Postcard and Other Short Stories & Poetry. It’s set in London, a place I’ve only visited once, but loved. In striving to write about female friendships as I did in my new novel, Little Milestones, I guess you could say I practiced…