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Writing in the Long Form

August 23, 2018
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Three weeks from today, I will be sitting at a table in the Waco Convention Center autographing copies of my memoir, Reclaiming Joy: A Primer for Widows, for the very first time; and I will have my book to add to my bookshelf. How naive I was when I started! Earlier this week I scrolled through my old blogs just to be sure I don’t repeat myself …

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What About Those Who Are Not Religious?

August 18, 2018
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“Faith plays a big role in this book. What advice do you have for women who do not have a strong spiritual life?”   The executive editor of Women and Wealth Magazine raised the question when she interviewed me a few weeks ago on Nantucket. It’s a fair question. Does Reclaiming Joy have a place beyond the Christian book market? My answer to the second …

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Pitching in the Elevator

October 20, 2015

I finally have my elevator pitch! Ever since I started writing 17 months ago, I have stammered when asked to describe my book. After I finished the fourth draft of the first chapter last winter, my independent editor told me it was time to get a website and start blogging, in preparation for writing my book proposal and finding a literary agent. As I began to …

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Good Grief!

September 13, 2015

Take a close look at the labels on each of these three shelves at the Corpus Christi Barnes and Noble: Sexuality, LGBT, Family & Friends, Death/Grieving Death and Grieving, Self Score Tests Success Death and Grieving is sandwiched between Sex and Success. Does anyone think that a widow is going to get down on the floor to look for a book on death and grieving? …

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Defying Stereotype, Mixing Genre

August 2, 2015

As I scanned the crowd in the Wylie Theatre lobby, looking for a place where I could eat my box lunch, an attractive blonde on a nearby bench made eye contact and gestured that I could squeeze in beside her. I’m not good at striking up conversations with strangers, but we were both attending the DFW Writers Conference, so there were natural conversation starters. While …

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The Semi-Colon Is Dead. Long Live the Dash!

June 17, 2015

After my reader reviewed the third draft of my book, the first thing she told me was that I needed to get rid of all those semi-colons. Editors trip on semi-colons. I wasn’t going to argue with her. She has edited 35 published books, and her own book is used by the Harvard Graduate School of Business. She knows exactly how many semi-colons are in her …

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