Why Victim-Blaming Hurts Us All

When the Harvey Weinstein allegations surfaced earlier this month, it was as if a dam had burst. I watched the news carefully for days, wondering if interest in the story would wane. Our society has a short attention span. Additional victims have come forward since […]

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Kicking Fear to the Curb

This blog isn’t about the gun debate, although it mentions guns. This blog is about fear. Fear is eating away at the foundation of our lives. We need to start kicking it to the curb instead of bowing to it. We woke to a nightmare […]

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Look for the Helpers

My first childhood crush was Fred Rogers. That’s right, Mr. Rogers of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  “Bring him back,” I’d beg my mother, once his face faded from the television screen. His gentleness and decency appealed to me, along with millions of other children. Almost fifty years […]

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Inspiration (No more excuses)

Singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey lost her hearing at eighteen, but that doesn’t keep her from singing. Refusing to give up, Mandy found her way back to performing with muscle memory and by using visual tuners and trusting her pitch. She continues to write and sing even […]

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A lot can happen in a year

Writers are always working on a dozen things at once, and usually toward some sort of deadline. First drafts. (And seconds, and thirds, and fourths.) Websites. Conferences. Blogs. Contest entries. Social media. Queries. Submissions. Revisions. We rarely stop long enough to take stock of where […]

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Never give up: How I found my agent

Last April, I learned valuable pitch conference lessons at the Desert Dreams Writer’s Conference in Phoenix. I left that conference excited to revise my manuscript. My goal was to query as many agents and editors as possible. I thought my revisions would take two or three months. They […]

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How Mulder and Scully Rock my Writing World

Reposted from: February 22, 2106 [adrianaloveswriting.wordpress.com] We’ll start with a confession: I’m an X-Phile, a fan since the first episode, and I think the revival has been exceptional. So this blog’s gonna wax rhapsodic. You’ve been warned. When The X-Files debuted, it broke new ground. How could anyone resist the sexy spookiness […]

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Pitch conference lessons

Reposted from: April 14, 2106 [adrianaloveswriting.wordpress.com] Last week, I attended my first writers’ conference—2016 Desert Dreams, sponsored by Desert Rose RWA. My goal was to pitch my historical novel to as many agents and editors as possible. Was I terrified at that prospect? Definitely. But there was no need. […]

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