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The Start of a New Year

Whenever I use phrases such as “this year” or “last year,” I tend to confuse at least a few people. For most a new year begins in January, but for me it begins in September. It’s a leftover result from over a dozen years as a teacher and before that, over a dozen years as a student. While I’m no longer in the classroom, I do have school age children, so I fear I will never leave behind operating in school years rather than calendar years. My boys went back to school this morning and I started my third year…

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10 Random Thoughts and Takeaways from #RWA17

I just returned from the annual RWA conference, which concluded yesterday. As an extreme introvert, I’ll need at least a week to recover. However, I can easily say (like I do every year) it was the highlight of my year. I absolutely love this conference. Here's my ten random thoughts and takeaways from this year. 1. If you ever stay at Disney World’s Dolphin resort, get a burrito from the Picabu restaurant. They are AH-mazing! (Yes, two pictures because I had it twice. It was that good.) 2. Facebook banners are clickable. Who knew? Apparently not me. 3. My nerd…

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My Facebook Detox

Society spends way too much time on social media. I’m definitely one of the guilty. So I decided to take a break from Facebook. I’d planned to make notes all week about how I felt about the detox, but that proved unnecessary because I didn’t really miss it. That’s right. Today is my seventh day not being on Facebook and I’ve found the longer I stay away, the more reluctant I am to go back. To be fair, I spend a lot of my time on Facebook playing silly games and now there’s an app that allows me to play…

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My “Super Secret Project” Revealed

So I’ve been sitting on one heck of a secret for a while now. I’m talking so secret I didn’t even tell my family. And here it is… I’m collaborating on a book with James Patterson! James FREAKING Patterson!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not a believer in multiple exclamation marks, but if any situation calls for it, this is it. It’s been so tough keeping my mouth shut, especially when I was sitting next to my dad who was reading—you guessed it—a James Patterson novel. I mean, seriously, how cool is this? It’s the opportunity writers dream about. What I’m most excited about…

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Mission Accomplished: Agent Acquired

So this happened today. I'm happy to officially announce that I'm now represented by Sarah Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (It's been on Twitter, so it must be for real, right? Still pinching myself.)     Of course, I’ve been keeping it a secret until the official announcement, and let me tell you, it’s been hard to keep my lips sealed.     All week there’s been a little of this… Followed by this… And this… Yup, this too. It’s like being six years old again and having Christmas and Halloween and your birthday all on the same day. The only thing…

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