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Playing The Long Game Part 3

AKA You’re Probably Not Reading This and That’s Okay “How many people read your blog?” my friend asked. “I don’t know,” I replied, before adding silently, “Very few.” Look, I know blogging feels like a futile waste of time. I … Continue reading

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Barb’s Recommended Read: The Island Queen

Doing something a bit different this month because I got sucked down a rabbit hole of non-fiction reading. I’m posting my review of Island Queen today. Another post, compiling the various followed by a special philosophy next week. And now, … Continue reading

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Killing Millie Helper

It started as a college joke.  My dormmate decided that if we were television characters, she would be Laura Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke Show, and I would be her gabby, busybody neighbor, Millie Helper. My roommate would be Sally, the … Continue reading

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Help a Girl Out: Looking for Tips to Beat the Blahs

Or, How Does Barb Get Her Groove Back? My mojo has gone on vacation this week. For some reason, I can’t seem to get motivated to do much. (Seriously, this post was supposed to be written two hours ago.) I … Continue reading

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Losing the Safety Net – Part Two

Confession time: A few weeks ago, when I discussed writing without the safety net of a publisher or agent, I naively believed that my stay in limbo land would be a short one. That I would sign with a new … Continue reading

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Losing the Safety Net

I cut ties with a lot of things during 2020. RWA, my local writing chapter, my publisher and my agent are all in my rearview mirror. As a result, I find myself approaching 2021 like a bird with brand new … Continue reading

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Having a Posse Will Help You Live Longer

As many of you know, I walk for an hour every morning before work.  To make the time go by faster, I listen to podcasts.  Frequently, I listen to true crime, because nothing gets the blood pumping like an unsolved … Continue reading

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Emotional nutrition

Learned a great new phrase today.  Emotional nutrition.  That’s keeping your making sure the emotional and psychological side of yourself is well-fed and cared for.  Good emotional nutrition means making sure you feed yourself enough joy, inspiration and happiness to … Continue reading

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Backyards Have Bodies: Update

What’s that you say? The second Sadie McIntyre mystery is closer to release?  That’s right.  After months of life delays, I’m about to hop on a conference call with my editor, the fabulous Mary Therese Hussey, to discuss revisions on … Continue reading

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When Fear Holds You Back

Forget everything I said last week about life getting in the way of my writing.  This week, I figured out why I’m really having so much trouble finishing the rewrites on The Suburbs Have Secrets. It’s fear. For nearly a … Continue reading

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