At the Winter Blogfest

Today, I’m participating in the Winter Blogfest, sponsored by Long and Short Reviews. I have posted a family-favorite recipe from the 1970s.

Leave a comment…you could win a free ebook of A Season for Killing Blondes.

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The Pomodoro Technique

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Follow the instructions in this infographic and watch your productivity soar!



Effective Frequency

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

Whenever I connect with fellow writers, the conversation often ends up focusing on the promotion of our books. A common lament: I don’t want to annoy potential readers with too many ads, tweets, and newsletters.

And then the inevitable question follows: How many tweets (ads, newsletters, emails, etc.) are too many?

I have yet to hear a definitive answer from anyone–online or IRL.

So, when I came across this PDF file, I knew I had to share it.



Everything I Have to Teach You About Writing, On One Page

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

I have just finished reading Courage & Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story by Barbara Abercrombie. I highly recommend this clear and insightful guide to all writers and wannabe writers. Here’s a summary page from the book:



Your Life in Six Words

Whenever I attend workshops, I take note of any icebreakers. While some participants may groan, I find these short, introductory exercises very effective in creating community and stimulating creativity.

One of my favorites is the “Six-Word Memoir,” a spinoff of the challenge once given to Ernest Hemingway: Write a story using only six words.

His reply was quick and succinct: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

In November 2006, Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, asked his fans to describe their lives in exactly six words. Intended to be a one-month contest, the project took on a life of its own. Since that time, Smith has received millions of responses, from the hilarious to the bittersweet to the inspirational.

Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog.


This is It by Lao Tzu

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

Whenever I struggle with staying in the moment, I reread this short, insightful poem by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.