When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade

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One of the first things you learn in any writing workshop is to avoid using clichés. However, its very tempting isn’t it? Sometimes they say exactly what we are thinking and hey, they’re cute, funny and sometimes even sassy. One website, ClichéSite.com lists 95 clichés just beginning with the letter ‘A’ so as speakers and


Inside the Author? Popcorn!

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Behind the book Say It Out Loud is a very crazy author! I’m forty-two days from my pub date, and nine days from my daughter’s wedding. I’ve taught children with special needs my whole life, but I never dreamed I’d be needing strategies for my own mind going haywire. I’m quite sure this is what ADD feels like.


Editors, Writing Coaches and Annie

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Today is Annie day. It’s become my favorite day of the week. Every Wednesday at 12:30 I have a phone conference with Annie, an editor and writing coach. Each week we discuss a 5,000 word portion of my book: Say It Out Loud: Revealing and Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse. She comments and makes suggestions on


Don’t Ever Give Up

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In today’s post I’m reporting on some long awaited progress with my book, Say it Out Loud: Revealing and Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse. There is a message in all of this that I’ll share at the end. For those who are new to my blog here’s a bit of backstory: 2007 – Retired