Monthly Archives: January 2014

Best Ever (Lazy) Gourmet Game Day Popcorn (& more time to play with your cat)

ONCE AGAIN, THE Super Bowl has crept up with a quarterback sneak, and Chap has invited folks over at the last minute, leaving me very little time to dawdle, which is my very favorite thing to do. To get myself … Continue reading

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How Budweiser changed my life *and it how it can change yours too*

AND NO, I’M not advocating investing in a six-pack or even a case of America’s favorite cold beverage (been there, done that and all it does is make it worse). It goes a lot deeper than that. Go ahead and … Continue reading

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Pecked to death by a duck

TWO OF THE five boys who live across the river paddled their canoe over to ask me if they could “take my dog”—these are the same kids that caused me to have to swim over to retrieve my border collie … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Characters: setting the page on fire

RECENTLY, I ARRIVED  at a lunch date little late with a bunch of writer friends, and I sat down in the middle of a conversation they were having about some hot guy name John. “When will he be back?” my … Continue reading

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WARNING: Mama’s on the loose–and she’s got an iPhone

THIS WEEKEND, I introduced my mother to Siri, that all-knowing, all-seeing, disembodied voice that lurks inside the iPhone. Mama with her new iPhone, Bodhi the Wonder Dog, and their new friend Jacob at a pet-friendly cafe, thanks to Siri . … Continue reading

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Novelists Story Bible: Who did what to whom and why

ONE OF MY writer buddies (an NYT bestseller, btw) was on deadline and forgot the color of an important supporting character’s eyes. Is this important? Maybe not to some writers, but I believe that anything that yanks your reader out … Continue reading

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Everything I know about character I learned from JK Rowling…

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