Mitch Albom, A Time Keeper, and Popularity

After I had my teeth scraped, cleaned, flossed and gagged on my fluoride treatment this morning, I headed off to one of my favorite places on the planet: Barnes & Noble. My Mitch Albom book had arrived and was waiting for me at the front desk. When she handed me my copy of it, I […]

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Writers & Art: Some Inspiration

This is one of my favorite quotes by Andy Warhol. I love the simplicity of it. As someone who is in the throes of writing a second novel, there are days when I wonder about it. Is it any good? Are my characters believable? Am I telling the story the best way I can? For […]

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Ignoring the “13” in 2013

I already had to write the date on something. I scrawled it out in cursive: January 1, 2013. I’m not typically a superstitious person, though after knowing my friend Jenny for over 20 years, you tend to recognize and feel bad ju-ju right away. (I tell her laughingly all the time that if she put […]

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On Writing Utter Crap

Last week I wrote a post about struggling with writer’s block. I’ve come to the conclusion that one only has writer’s block when one is writing crap. If the story were good and moving along and the characters had depth and juice, it would be difficult to blame the pause in writing on the story […]

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Today’s Inspirational Thought: Get Yourself A Journal

Yesterday I stopped off at Barnes & Noble to purchase a book for each of my children. After I visited the kids’ section, I wandered around, and then found myself standing in front of all the leather journals. As a pretty serious blogger now, I decided it was time I carried a blank book around […]

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The Charm and Creativity of “The Artist”

*** In my advertising class today we talked about creativity. We discussed author Elizabeth Gilbert’s philosophy on having a creative genius versus being a creative genius. This lecture is one of my favorites of the semester. I look forward to helping the students foster some creativity, whether I’m asking them to tap into it for advertising […]

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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 […]

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The Big Thrill

*** Yesterday, Paperblog, a fabulous website that features “the best articles around by experts and enthusiasts” selected Steph’s Scribe as “Blogger of the Day.” Well, this made my day. It was a big thrill. I’ve been blogging regularly two to three times a week since April 12 of last year. It’s become a passion of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A Big, Blue Bottle of Creativity To Go, Please.

Last fall, Elizabeth Gilbert visited Baltimore as part of Stevenson University’s Speaker Series that takes place at the Meyerhoff in Baltimore. I was excited to attend as I had read Eat, Pray, Love, and also had recently seen the film. Additionally, I had forced my feature writing students to watch a clip from Ted.com in […]

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