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Ember Rumblings…At Last!

Ember Rumblings…At Last!

My Brethren Peeps– It’s been TOO damn long since I’ve come around here and blogged anything. And partly that was by design. (Partly it was due to laziness.) (Also partly due to starting a new business with my husband, an Argentinian food truck!) (Also partly…ok, nevermind, just kidding now!) But I’m back, and this year of our Lord, TwentySevenTeen, is about to be Oh-My-God-Ridiculous. Not just because of the political happenings, not because our likes on social media can actually…

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Hitting The Flow & Emerging Patterns

Hitting The Flow & Emerging Patterns

Finding the flow state in any creative endeavor feels like hitting the jackpot. You can’t really plan on it, you can just keep striving toward it, putting in the time and effort hoping that it’ll pay off. And then WHAM–FLOW STATE. Time ceases. Things hang in the mix, clouds emerge, floating happens, stars twinkle, a distant cow moos. And then you blink and you’re back in reality with no idea how you just spent four hours at your computer without one pee break or even a…

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Revising Resolutions

Revising Resolutions

I used to be a pretty bad resolution-maker. Really, it was because I almost never made them. I don’t tend to make resolutions at the beginning of the year, because I’ll set and achieve goals continuously, throughout the year, throughout my life. But while I was living abroad in Chile with one of my best friends, she had taken a look at some of my new year’s resolutions and scolded me for them. “They’re too vague,” she told me, shaking…

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The Slow Buildup

The Slow Buildup

There must be some genetic process buried deep inside me, tiny ribbons of DNA that dictate my creative process. Something that I’m not aware of, something that unfurls, silent and swift, within the depths of my being to accomplish it’s goal. Even while I stuff my face with cheese cubes some nights, or drink wine in front of silly movies, or spend too much time adjusting the contrast on travel photos…it’s working. I only say this because I think I’m…

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A Pilgrimage, Of Sorts

A Pilgrimage, Of Sorts

I met a guy at a burner festival this summer. He’d pitched his tent next to ours, and invited my husband and I to share chicken patties and hot dogs one night around 1AM while we all sat watching psychadelic swirls on a huge white sheet hung in the forest nearby. It was a sublime moment, friendly and comfortable, and opened the door for us to really get to know each other (in between snack munching, that is). This new…

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Top 5 Ways To Kill Your Productivity

Top 5 Ways To Kill Your Productivity

By now, we all know how to stroke our muse into a frothy creative fervor. But how do we stifle it? What if we want to stomp on it, quiet it, and otherwise murder it? Not all of us have access to this information. Especially productive people probably don’t even know how to slack off or piddle away their precious time. So I’ve decided to volunteer my lifelong note-taking, live from the trenches of procrastination and work avoidance, to share…

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Filling Space: Looking at Pre-Edits

Filling Space: Looking at Pre-Edits

I’m knee-deep in revisions on my 2nd contracted novel, and I’m in the “pre-editing” stage. This is where I go through my manuscript and search out a wide variety of phrases that need to be changed, or eliminated altogether. Once this is done, my editor and I will begin the ACTUAL editing phase. To give you all a sense, I have almost 2 months to complete the pre-edits. That’s a decent amount of time, because there are a LOT of…

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When the Publishing Tides Change…

When the Publishing Tides Change…

On 1 May, Breathless Press will be closing following a year of declining sales. This decision has not been an easy one to make and has not been made lightly. We have always put our authors first and so we have chosen to close now, on our own terms, while we are still in a position to meet our financial obligations. We are closing with heavy hearts, but with our heads held high. To all our talented authors, dedicated staff…

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Chetan Bhagat’s “Half Girlfriend” Is Only Half Good

Chetan Bhagat’s “Half Girlfriend” Is Only Half Good

I’m not a big book reviewer – in fact, this is the first and perhaps last review you’ll see on this blog. But a recent read hit very close to my romance core, so hard that I felt compelled to shout my thoughts into the blogosphere. I found Chetan Bhagat’s “Half Girlfriend” when I was in India, a donated book to the yoga shala’s collection of fiction where I was studying Ashtanga. One morning I found myself waiting for a…

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The Truth Behind #AmWriting

The Truth Behind #AmWriting

I won’t lie, I’ve hashtagged #AmWriting when I was doing everything BUT. Most times, it starts as an earnest attempt to begin writing that eventually gets hijacked by any number of unrelated activities. Let’s be real, the moment we sit down to write is when we notice all the accumulated dirt on the floor, or think of that hummus we’ve been meaning to make for a week now, or recall suddenly the good friend we forgot to write for a…

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