For Valentine’s Day: Text Messages Are Not Substitutes For Cards

*** As Valentine’s Day approaches, let’s just set the record straight—and not just for Valentine’s Day, but as a year-round clarification. Sending “lovey-dovey” text messages are not permitted as a substitute for sending a heartfelt card or letter to someone you care a great deal for this holiday. There, I’ve said it. (And I promise… Read More For Valentine’s Day: Text Messages Are Not Substitutes For Cards

Be Careful Or You’ll End Up In My Novel…and other thoughts…

*** Sometimes I want to toss my novel out the window. I completely understand what Dorothy Parker meant when she said, “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” I’ve been working on Beneath the Mimosa Tree for so long that I would be lying if… Read More Be Careful Or You’ll End Up In My Novel…and other thoughts…

You Don’t Need to Color Inside the Lines: A Few Thoughts On Creativity

I remember a few years ago when my daughter was sitting at the kitchen table coloring. She was trying to stay inside the lines, but she wasn’t having much success. Colors were flying everywhere as they crossed characters and clouds. “How’s this, Daddy?” she asked my husband. “Good, but you need to stay inside the… Read More You Don’t Need to Color Inside the Lines: A Few Thoughts On Creativity

Fairy Tale Firepower: Hooked on “Once Upon A Time”

______________________________________________________________ So far, if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve learned these five particular things about me: 1. According to my father, I think life is like a magazine or a fairy tale. 2. I’m slightly obsessed with Harry Potter. 3. I love creativity. 4. I like to be entertained and engaged, specifically through books… Read More Fairy Tale Firepower: Hooked on “Once Upon A Time”