In Others’ Words: Still Learning

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Attitude changes things, doesn’t it? From our perspective in time, most likely we don’t consider Michelangelo a “learner.”¬† Being able to look at his works of art, to read about and marvel over his accomplishments, we call the man one of the greatest, most inspired artists of all time. ¬†Michelangelo’s willingness to keep on learning could only help him be …

In Others’ Words: Inspiring Change

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My husband laughed and summed up today’s blog post in two words: Change happens. You can’t argue with the man. January was a month of change for me as a writer. I started on book 2 in my Thatcher Sisters Series — always fun to develop new characters and plot a new story. “Why?” is the repeated question during this …

In Others’ Words: How Stories Conquer Fear

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So … the robot. I came upon him while walking with my husband and youngest daughter during a a foggy day in Carlsbad, California last summer. Some ingenious artist painted him on the side of a building. And yes, this painting told a story. You can come upon stories in the most unlikely places. We expect them within the covers …

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

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“Mom! Don’t take his picture!” I was walking around Breckenridge, CO with my husband and 16-year-old daughter. I had one camera and my daughter had another as we captured images of the town. But my daughter whispered “Don’t!” when I stopped to photograph the painter standing near a bridge, intent on the hanging basket of multicolored flowers. How could I …

In Others’ Words: Insight

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Creativity takes a certain kind of insight. Insight that sees beyond the blocks of marble — or snow — and recognizes the angels or warriors waiting to be revealed. Insight that looks beyond the blank pages and imagines the stories waiting to be told … with words that become sentences … that become paragraphs … that become chapters … that …

In Others’ Words: Spine Poetry

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It’s getting late on Thursday night. I’m not feeling particularly productive or creative … and there’s a blog post to write. So I’m taking advantage of others’ creativity and sharing some of the Spine Poetry fun that’s been happening on my Author Facebook page. I’ve run into some incredibly imaginative people this past week — and they’ve all created some …

In Others’ Words: Imagination

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ¬†~Albert Einstein, physicist A few months back, I was trying desperately to come up with a new story idea. As the saying goes, I had nothing. I played the writer’s “what if?” mind game while I drove around town. While I moved laundry from the washer to …