Social Marketing 101: Four Author No-no’s on Twitter

Most of you know that for the past six years or so I’ve been consulting authors on social marketing and branding. And what I’ve learned is that authors, both traditional and indie, don’t understand how to use social media, nor the power it can have on their bottom line. Here’s the thing: Social networks are designed to build relationships, not sell products.  Let … Read More

Three Recipes That’ll Spice Up Your Life

I love spicy food, almost as much as the sweet stuff. The good news is there are a ton of recipes that have a little kick and are still good for you. Here are a few of my favs. Be sure to click on the pic for the original recipe. #1 One Skillet Chicken with Fiesta Cream Sauce Little Spice … Read More

The Artist’s Heart

I’ve found quality in the arts, no matter what form, have one thing in common–intent is the key to true expression. Those that want glory but aren’t willing to improve might have a level of success, but their art seems shallow and quickly fades. Those that become enamored with the arts are like a star-crossed lover. Their passion only lasts as long as the euphoria … Read More

Suspended in Creativity

The stage lights serve as a barrier; they blind the performer from seeing the audience’s reaction, they protect them from fear. In that moment, they are Mozart’s Fiordiligi or Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc. Their mind is mute; instinct takes over, time is suspended in creativity–expression is life. I haven’t performed in years, but on rare occasions, my heart remembers, and I again am … Read More

Let Them Eat Cake

All right, all right. I know there’s a brownie in the featured image instead of a piece of cake. But I happen to love brownies more than cake, and who says “let them eat brownies?” My point is I’ve been sugar-free for a year, and I’m still eating cake … and brownies, as the case may be. It’s one of … Read More

When Words Fail

My great grandmother always said the more we love, the more we grieve. Damned if she wasn’t right. It’s the emotional equivalent of Newton’s third law (for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction). Now, I feel things deeply. Love. Loss. Betrayal. It goes to the center of me, straight through, wrapping around my heart. I used to hate … Read More

What Inspires Your Muse?

I spent all day yesterday carefully crafting a post. After a few hours of intentional word choice, I had a pretty good piece … a hook at the beginning, compelling words, well written, downright insightful at times. The problem was, it sounded stuffy and pretentious, even to me. As most of you know, I’m a vocalist, and I started remembering all … Read More

Wilder Women Do, And They Don’t Regret It

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s already been a year since I first picked up Jasinda Wilder’s book Big Girls Do It Running.  If you don’t already have a copy, I strongly suggest you one-click that sucker. Not only am I over ninety pounds down, but all my blood counts are also within normal range, and I feel better than I have in … Read More

Five Ways Writers Stumble

I hate the term writer’s block. It’s too strong—like there’s this solid barrier that randomly shoots up, completely walling off any imagination. The frustration is real, but I don’t believe it’s a block. It’s more like tripping over that rock you didn’t see or stepping into a hole that you thought was a puddle. Sometimes we manage to muddle through. Other times … Read More

2017–The Year of Success

It’s January the first. We made it through 2016, thank God. As you know, instead of creating a New Year’s Resolution, I take one overall arching theme to the year and concentrate on that. This year’s theme rides on the coattails of the past. If you’re new, here are the years in review: 2010 The Year of Courage. I stepped out … Read More