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Because You Gotta Have Friends… When One of Your Long Time Local Writer Pals Launches Her Memoir!

I connected with this group of fantastic local writers about 7 1/2 years ago in Davis, California. We’ve been toiling away at this writer journey on Monday nights at Starbucks, sometimes on weekends or weeknights at each other‘s houses, and attending writer retreats together when we can. On April 30th, one of our own, Lally Pia, published her memoir, The Fortune Teller’s Prophecy: A Memoir of an Unlikely Doctor. And we got together to celebrate! The evening [...]

By |2024-05-21T09:54:34-07:00May 6th, 2024|Book Launch, Writing Community|0 Comments

Thrilled to be Recognized as WFWA Program Volunteer of the Year for 2023

Throughout our lifetime and careers, many of us join organizations, associations, clubs, and groups to connect with people over a like-minded interest, passion, practice, or cause. Some people do it as part of their professional path, others, as a form of volunteerism, and others, just for plain old fun! And sometimes these associations can change our lives. I've been extremely fortunate that many of the organizations that I’ve joined throughout my lifetime have been game-changers. [...]

By |2024-01-10T10:40:15-08:00January 10th, 2024|Writing Community|0 Comments

Video Interview of Launch Pad Anthology Series Collaborators, Hosted by Yours Truly

Recently, I had the pleasure of grabbing the mic and turning the tables on Grace Sammon, the fabulous host of the Launch Pad video series and creator of the Launch Pad book anthology series that my Author Branding chapter was featured in. The video interview was hosted by yours truly, and includes Grace, and co-collaborators Mary Helen Sheriff, Emma Dhesi and Stephanie Larkin. They brought together 40 experts to contribute to three books helping writers to write, [...]

By |2023-08-25T13:36:13-07:00August 25th, 2023|Writing Community|0 Comments

Low Down for Writers from a Literary Agent:

A Conversation with Literary Agent Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literary for Women’s Fiction Day On June 8, 2020, I had the pleasure of interviewing literary agent Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literary for the Women’s Fiction Day events hosted by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). What a treat! It’s not everyday that you get to spend quality time with a literary agent and get a glimpse into their unique corner of the publishing industry. During [...]

A Life-Saving Gesture of Friendship & Bravery: An Uplifting Tale of Two Writer Pals

Want an uplifting story that gives you faith in humanity? I am so proud to know these two amazing women, and humbled to witness a beautiful expression of humanity, friendship, and bravery. One needs a kidney and the other is donating it! Kelly Hartog is a Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) sufferer and was placed on the UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) transplant list. It’s been a long and difficult road, but amazingly, after [...]

By |2022-03-11T13:53:45-08:00March 10th, 2022|Gratitude, Writing Community|0 Comments

3 Goals Every Writer Should Make in the New Year!

Happy new year! I enjoyed a restorative, relaxing, and reflective holiday season. I hope you all did also. To my writer pals and community, check out this article. Loved being asked to contribute 3 goals every writer should make in the new year. Sweta Vikram is always so collaborative, and I was delighted to be interviewed by her. To give you a sneak peek, see the three tips that I contributed below. To read the [...]

By |2021-01-04T10:13:20-08:00January 4th, 2021|Productivity, Writing Community|0 Comments

Video: We Are All a Work In Progress: The Wisdom & Freedom of Creating a Not-To-Do List!

I had the pleasure of joining my writer pal Jennifer Klepper a few weeks ago for her WIPMondays video series on Instagram, which stands for Work in Progress (because we are all a work in progress!). We chatted about productivity, and specifically creating a Not-To-Do List. Our To-Do Lists always focus on what we have, should, or need to do. Flip it! There's wisdom, not to mention freedom, in creating a Not-To-Do List, which can [...]

By |2020-12-09T13:42:01-08:00December 8th, 2020|Productivity, Writing, Writing Community|0 Comments

A Visit to the New American Writers Museum: An Inspiring Afternoon with the Written Word

Last fall, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the new American Writers Museum in Chicago. The museum opened to the public in May 2017, and I visited in October 2017, only five months later. What a treat! I was accompanied by my writer friend and co-member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Nancy Johnson, who lives in Chicago. It was wonderful to spend time with Nancy and in such an inspiring place for writers! [...]

By |2020-12-15T13:19:12-08:00December 23rd, 2018|Adventures, Reading, Writing, Writing Community|0 Comments
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