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Friday Five: Five Awesome Books for Writers!

Seems like whenever the topic of favorite books for writers comes up, I always recommend Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II by James N. Frey and The Comic Toolbox by John Vorhaus because they’re beyond amazing. And in every single list of “best books for writers,” Stephen [...]

Keep a Happy Face

A few years ago, I made a life-changing decision: To be happy. Back then, we were going through a pretty rough time. I was stressed, depressed, and exhausted. All the time. There’s no need to explain why, since so many other folks have gone through worse. Instead, I’ll just summarize our situation by calling it an avalanche of crap storms hitting [...]

Gaithersburg Book Festival tomorrow!

I’ve been in a mad frenzy lately rewriting The Glory Girls of Stockyard County and getting things caught up before my son’s surgery next month, but I wanted to throw up a quick post about tomorrow’s Gaithersburg Book Festival! After many years of bypassing this absolute gem of a festival because of me being intimidated about selling books there, [...]

Friday Five: Five amazing things made with PEEPS!

My friends and I have a yearly tradition of going to the Carroll County Arts Council annual PEEPshow, an event so popular, they often have to close that part of Main Street! This year’s 8th Annual PEEPshow was as fun as ever. We first met up at O’Lordan’s Irish Pub for dinner. Bob’s initial plan was to drop me [...]

Friday Five: My Favorite Walt Disney World Snacks

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Friday Five! And seeing as how early annual passholder registration for WDW Marathon Weekend begins next Tuesday, I’m thinking a great topic would be a (not so) guilty pleasure … my favorite snacks at Disney World. Why? Because I’m signing up for the Dopey Challenge and running [...]

Running has truly changed my life. It’s helped with my anxiety issues, it forces me to keep disregarding bad habits from my eating disorder days, (one cannot marathon train without proper nutrition,) and it’s helped my writing by proving I’m more capable of achieving great things than I think. So with this in mind, I asked the following [...]