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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

How important is staying plugged in?

By Carol / 02 May 2016 / 7 Comments

“Is it plugged in?” That was the first question tech support always asked back when computers were new and I called to find out why the alien on my desk wouldn’t work. Dutifully, I’d untangle…

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Courage – Would you have enough?

By Carol / 27 April 2016 / 22 Comments

Harriet Tubman. Oskar Shindler. Esther. People iconic for their courage and the bold actions they took to save the lives of others, actions that put their own lives at risk. Every time I hear a…

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You just never know

By Carol / 13 April 2016 / 21 Comments

If you just spent four years in college to become a teacher, would you take a secretarial position instead? I did and found myself on a path loaded with unexpected opportunities. After graduating in 1972…

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How important is the frame?

By Carol / 29 March 2016 / 12 Comments

A few years ago, as I walked the Crystal Bridges Art Museum grounds, I spotted a single picture frame set on posts in the middle of a soccer-sized field. Intrigued, I walked out to look…

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Cleaning out, letting go, starting fresh

By Carol / 04 January 2016 / 14 Comments

I ended the old year as I often do – by cleaning out my office. This December gave me an even better opportunity to clean out, though, since my husband and I agreed to tackle…

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With a little help from my friends – NaNoWriMo 2015

By Carol / 02 December 2015 / 4 Comments

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) sent hundreds of thousands of writers to their keyboards in November to write the novels they know they have in them. Historically, 17% of those who start succeed. I was…

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Writing reckessly – NaNoWriMo 2015

By Carol / 30 October 2015 / 6 Comments

“Every morning I tell myself: Write recklessly today. You can play it safe tomorrow.” – Sue Monk Kidd As I join tens of thousands of other writers to tackle the National Novel Writing Month challenge…

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Walls – Which side are we on?

By Carol / 05 October 2015 / 8 Comments

The tide of refugees and immigrants and the resulting walls and discussions of walls – in Europe and the U.S. – remind me of a sculpture I saw at the University of Arizona in Tucson.…

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Reviews matter – Here's how to get them

By Carol / 16 June 2015 / 12 Comments

Have you watched the big five trade book publishers launch a book? They always have an impressive list of reviews on Amazon the day a book launches. When I launched Go Away Home, I tried…

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Seven questions about publishing with Amazon

By Carol / 11 June 2015 / 2 Comments

Ever since Lake Union Publishing acquired my novel Go Away Home (re-launch on July 7), I get questions. Lots of them. About how it works, the advantages, the disadvantages. Jane Friedman invited me to answer the…

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