May 27, 2012

River Cruising

In a few more weeks I'm off to France.

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

May 14, 2012

Random Act of Kindness Blitz!

A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, offer assistance, and make our day a bit brighter. This is especially true in the Writing Community

Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked.

So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they?

May 12, 2012

Finding the Book

Years ago I began a tradition, visiting my local Chapters outlet every June to stock up on books for my summer reading. And these weren't just any books. They had to be stories set in my favorite locations - France, Italy and the islands of Greece... I loved the whole process of trolling the bookshelves, with the scent of Starbucks coffee perfuming the air. But was there an easier way to pinpoint my search? I didn't want to miss a gem hidden on a lower shelf.

May 10, 2012

Witches and Writers

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." - Stephen King

Passersby may have questioned the black witches' hats circling the Dessert Bar in the hotel lobby. But then again, maybe not, for it was all part of the opening night festivities of a recent writer's conference held in Salem, Massachusetts.

Mention Salem and most people immediately think of the infamous witch trials of 1692. But this was the site of my first writer's conference, the 18th Annual Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, April 27th & 28th, 2012.

Salem Witch Museum - Salem, MA