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Writing for a Cause

That’s incredibly cool, I thought. In a burst of altruism I decided to donate ten percent of my proceeds from the book x0 to this organization. Be it a little or a lot, it seemed a good way to put something back.

Lest I sound more generous than I am, it is fair to mention that my husband and I have a fairly dismal record donating to charities. We mean well, we really do, but we tend to be too busy or having some kind of costly emergency ourselves and giving money to worthy causes just doesn’t seem to happen….

So yes, I sent the check off to Doctor’s Without Borders a few weeks ago, and just got back a wonderful little letter acknowledging what I was doing with my novel and thanking me for it. Terribly cool. I’m going to frame it and hang it in my study. I had no idea that being an author would have the potential to provide joys in so many ways.

via Writing for a Cause

 

Going Crazy

Somewhere between meaningless uses of the word like “I’m crazy about you” and serious, perhaps even crippling, mental health issues is a world of sort-of-comic, sort-of-sad neurotic behavior that we lightly refer to as crazy. We use it to mean that you (or I) have crossed that fuzzy boundary that surrounds normal and you (or I) are now happily dancing around naked in pig shit singing songs from “The Sound of Music” while making funny faces. You know, crazy.

via Going Crazy

 

 

How to write like a wolf

I discovered that in spite of a cheerful tendency to smile a lot and a skill for using words well, I was in fact not Miss Congeniality like everyone else thought. I was very much an introvert. Well, that suddenly explained a lot.

How to write like a wolf

 

 

Ten Wonderful, Easy Things You Can Do for Your Friend Who Writes Books

You have a good friend or close relative who self-publishes her stories and you think it is totally cool but you haven’t gotten around to reading one yet. It would be nice if there was a quick way to show your support.There are ten of them I can think of, and any single one will make her smile.

Ten Wonderful, Easy Things You Can Do for Your Friend Who Writes Books

Please note: if you happen to refer to that close relative as “mom” then this list could be a fine, easy, cheap way to make her happy on mother’s day!

 

Still caring about those reviews

A writer wants to know what total strangers, ones who like the kinds of books she writes, think about her book.

Still caring about those reviews

 

 

Normal people

“It’s quite different from normal books.” That’s just what she said. “Normal books.”

Normal people

 

 

No, this book is not about zombies……

No, this book is not about zombies…….

Embracing your inner opportunist

Embracing your inner opportunist

What’s wrong with adverbs?

What’s wrong with adverbs?

Why why one?

Why why one?

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