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January 2022

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Your Word of the Year

It’s that time. To bid 2021 adieu. Kick it down the road. And look ahead. As I’ve written here before, in late December I choose a word to focus on during the upcoming year. I focus on the word because it signifies my mindset and intentions. It serves as a touchstone, mantra, and theme to […]

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Happy Yule

Wishing all a lovely Solstice as the light returns.

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Use Brain Science for Better Writing Results

Foggy, drizzly weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Last night I stepped out onto my porch to see if the moon was visible. The current moon phase is a waxing crescent. Low clouds had moved in obscuring the moon and stars, the air was cold enough to be bracing, and snow was falling in the […]

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December

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“Think of everything that happens at the very beginning of a story: The reader makes decisions about the story. They haven’t yet committed to completing it and they are feeling their way around how much they want to commit. Your reader is not a penniless and weary traveler who will be happy to take any […]

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We live by stories

We tell stories. We tell stories to pass the time, to leave the world for awhile, or go more deeply into it. We tell stories to heal the pain of living. ~Niall Williams

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Wishing you a lovely day of gratitude

I hope kindness, laughter, and comfort is found at your table today. And I hope the many words you’ve harvested find a home in your readers’ hearts.

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