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Barb’s Tips for Having Fun While Social Distancing

True confession:  When the concept of social distancing first reared its head, I was happy.  I have a book due at the end of the month, and I’m behind. Being forced to stay home for 14 days means I might … Continue reading

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Self Doubt

This morning, I was working at the café, when I picked up on the conversation taking place between two younger women a few away. Turns out they were aspiring writers. At first, I was excited, much like the way a … Continue reading

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Letting Go

The words hit me like a slap in the face. My son looked me square in the eye and said, “Please stop sending suggestions. We want to do this ourselves.” He was talking about his and his fiancee’s upcoming move … Continue reading

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Ambition Isn’t Easy

When I was young, I wasn’t what you’d call particularly ambitious. I was raised by a very traditional family. If my mom wanted more than to be a good wife and mother, she didn’t say so out loud. She considered … Continue reading

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Barb’s Social Media Detox: 22 Days In

It’s been 22 days since I started my social media sabbatical.  With only two exceptions (Tattoo’s engagement and Intrigue author Paula Grave’s death) I have not been on Facebook or Twitter.  I’ll confess I did stay on Snapchat until January … Continue reading

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Barb Town

One upon a time there was a place called Barb Town.  I created it in our spare bedroom around seven or eight years ago when I decided I needed  a place to work, and it was a pretty awesome place. … Continue reading

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So I’ll Never Be an Outlier

Last month in San Antonio, I got the chance to listen to Hugh Howey speak.  You know Hugh Howey – he’s one of the big selfpublishing success stories of 2013.  He and his agent were talking about what it means … Continue reading

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Time Flies Books

I just finished reading The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig.  It was wonderful.  In my opinion, there are two kinds of books, those that you read and those that make time fly.  The Ashford Affair was a  Time Flies book.  I … Continue reading

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Four Questions About My Writing Process

When New York Times bestseller Selena Blake tagged me to be part of the “Writing Process” blog tour, I had to say yes.  After all, Selena was one of the authors who helped me with my RWR Article “Seven Habits … Continue reading

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Paying It Forward with the Brenda Novak Auction

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;  But there’s half-a-hundred ripples Circling on and on and on….  (James W. Foley 1874-1939) I’m a big believer in the ripple effect – that like a stone … Continue reading

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