July 17, 2014

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You know you are a writer when…

You know you are a writer when you are,” in the zone,” your words easily flowing from your finger tips onto the page  and you have to stop. It’s not because you want to, but because  you have been writing for days and your neck and shoulders are screaming at you. They continue to burn with […]

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July 8, 2013

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Barbie vs Average 19 Year Old Teen, How Do They Measure Up?

The above picture is a  3-D model created using Photoshop and the Centers for Disease Control’s measurements of the average 19-year-old woman. What a fantastic  representation of what is real and normal for a teenage girl. I love the article by Scott Stump which I have included in the link below because he sheds light on […]

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May 19, 2013

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How Predators are Using Instagram and Why Your Child is at Risk

I am not one of those over protective parents who think everyone is out to get my children nor do I think Instagram is bad. I do however believe there are unkind people in the world who will use for bad things created for good. It is my job as a parent to protect my kids […]

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May 14, 2013

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10 Things Every Mom Needs to Know, From Kids Everywhere

An Open Letter to Mom If you are a mom, this is a must watch. Here is a little reality check with wit and humor, seen through the eyes of a child.  

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May 9, 2013

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A Modern Retelling, Eunuch to Talent Scout, meet Hawk

  Standing in front of me, blocking the sun with his silhouette, was  this—man-boy.  A man-boy is what Calliope and I call guys we think are cute and totally too old for us but not really old—old,  like our parents. Take for example, Matt Damon, who did all of the Bourne Identity movies. Cute. But […]

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March 16, 2013

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What Do Your Book Characters Look Like To Your Target Audience?

Curious what your book characters look like to your target audience?  I have often wondered myself how others might see my characters. Do they picture them the way I visualize them? Have I done a good job describing my characters physical traits, style and personality? I teach fifth grade and recently began to think, hummm…fifth […]

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February 27, 2013

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The Bully Effect, Documentary Today!

    AC360 special documentary: The Bully Effect Tomorrow night at 10 pm we are joining the organization Stop Bullying: Speak Up, Cartoon Network, CNN, and AC360,  as Anderson Cooper 360 airs their special, “The Bully Effect.” Check out “The Bully Effect.” This special is looking at the lives of the people featured in the movie Bully and […]

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February 23, 2013

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Mom & Daughter’s World Collide: Downton Abbey Meets One Direction

  My daughter Jordan and I are very different. She loves One Direction. I like One Republic. Her fashion sense is more urban while I am more classic. I am a touchy feeling kind of person, she…is not. Although we are different,  I often try to find ways to celebrate how our differences can bring […]

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February 14, 2013

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Valentines Day Scrooge? Yep, That’s Me!

I am not a lover of Valentines Day. I think it goes back to high School when all my friends boyfriends made them feel special…giving them boxes of chocolate, cards, perfume, and  flowers.Every year they were shower with love and attention from their boyfriends while I could only wish it was me. I never knew […]

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February 12, 2013

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Experiencing The Places My Novel’s Charecters Explore

  Almost as much fun as writing my first novel was recently visiting the places I have brought to life. In Liberty Layne and the One-Girl Rebelution, my middle grade fiction novel, Liberty and her bff Calliope and cousin Lincoln head to San Francisco to audition for  a singing competition. Familiar places to me are used […]

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