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The Bliss Quest

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Eat My Bliss!

Big sister: I think you’re right. You just need to be selective about who you talk to about the idea so the naysayers don’t drain so much energy from you and cause doubt. You have a worthy idea. You can’t afford to lose confidence at this point because people aren’t getting it. Me: I guess […]

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There are some days, some really long days, when I’m talking about the publishing house launch, about wanting to start a fair trade art movement, about wanting artists to get health benefits, and retirement counseling and respect – and the day adds up to these questions from people. Some are people I know, others are [&

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You’d think I’d have learned not to reach toward the online dating thing by now. But, yes, I did attempt to post a couple of ads last week, and regretted it almost immediately. Whether it’s a statement about my dating pool or dating online in general, it’s impossible to tell. Even the dates I go […]

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Stories shape us. We are the stories we hear. We will become the stories we tell.

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When I got pulled out of the line for the metal detector and baggage scan at the courthouse, I mentally went through my purse, panicking. Is there anything gross in there? I’d taken my knife out a couple of weeks ago for a photo thing, but I couldn’t think of anything else that would be [...]

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Thank you to all who came to the Rapid-fire Reading event at Another Read Through on Mississippi Avenue last weekend! The crowd was great, the panel was awesome and we had a fabulous time! Videos of the reading are posted here. Stephanie McManus was kind enough to pass along some photos with me and author [...]

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As I get closer to the launch of the publishing house, I’ve sought out publicists and marketing professionals to discuss what I need to do in order to start laying groundwork toward a successful launch and house platform. A few weeks ago I had a brief meeting with a woman who said, “Well, one of [...]

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I know, it’s shocking. The sun came out AND I took a day off. It’s a freakin’ miracle. But look at all the cool things I saw! So the day started out with a walk through the cherry trees, then finished up with a concert at the Alberta Rose for Women in Blues. What a [...]

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A week from today, on March 29th 2014, I’ll be doing a reading and signing with four amazing authors at Another Read Through on Mississippi Avenue in Portland. Please stop by and meet some new authors! This event is a NIWA connection, helping booksellers and authors connect and enable healthier relationships with stores a

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I met up with Loey for Write Club last night. We’ve been meeting regularly for about seven years and while we mostly talk about our work and writing, we have been friends long enough that our lives are interwoven into the way we process story, and our friendship has grown roots into each other’s imaginary [...]

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It’s been super productive recently. I got the first ten beta chapters sent out this week. While I’m still behind on emails and notes, I did also manage to get caught up on some basic real-world stuff that was embarrassingly overdue. Like laundry, budgeting, cleaning etc. (most of which falls into categories of triage w

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“Can you please cast Tom Hiddleston as Liam when you make Murder of Crows into a movie? I see him as Liam when I’m reading. Thanks.” These messages are some of my favorites. Mostly because I love knowing how other people see Liam, and Celeste and even Fable. They are so real to me and [...]

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  Thank you to everyone who came down to the NIWA booth and  Jacobsen’s Books and More corner at the Portland Spring Home and Garden Show! It was a tremendous success!! AND SO MUCH BACON. Seriously, bacon and books. It was a blast. Thank you!

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Then there are some days laden with doubts. Doubts as thick, and heavy as Georgia air in July; stewing you toward a reluctant surrender with suffocating uncertainties. All you can do is lie down, pray long breaths, and remember why you’re trying.

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Just a reminder, I’ll be signing books at the Portland Spring Home and Garden Show this weekend! I’ll be at the table/bookstore on Saturday Feb 22nd, from 1oam till 2pm, and again on Sunday from 12pm till 4pm. Come get your signed copy of ‘Murder of Crows’ and news updates about the next release! The

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A conversation about dating profiles on my FB feed. Still debating if I want to try again, but in the meantime… “Any tag lines for a new dating profile?” “You’re a thirty-five year old female, domesticated Alaskan.” “Domesticated?” “No need to sound so offended.” &

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If you were home watching the Bruno Mars concert that had some kind of football game playing, you missed an awesome Literacy Fundraiser!! Good times were had by all. Lots of prizes, books, gift baskets and so on – and NIWA raised money for Arts, Literacy and Education. Thank you, NIWA!! I gave away champagne, [...]

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In the last four years, I’ve been pushing so hard that sleep is often the least prioritized necessity. If editing needs done, chapters, written and emails sent, sleep will just have to wait. While I know this is unhealthy, when you’re working for yourself driving hard toward a dream, no one else can get these [...]

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I’m rethinking my table layout strategy. If feels like too much, but I can always cut back. Had to get that bird fabric while it was on sale though If you’re not watchin’ the Super Bowl tomorrow, please come out to McMennamins Grand Lodge for the Literary Fundraiser! I’m giving away little goody bags

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Come support literacy! Eat cookies, say hello, and find some new authors! I’ll be there with champagne, and books and more! Please stop by!

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Well, I finally got my Facebook author page up. Sorry it took so long!

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Writer Peeps: The Northwest Independent Writers Association’s Symposium on Independent Publishing is February 1st, and 2nd. Lots of really good, important information. Check it out here. This conference is an excellent way to network, learn and get your foot in the door if you’re interested in pursuing a future

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Strange, disturbing dreams have been keeping me up of late. Tossing, sweat drenched, tangled nightmares mixed with moments of blissful dreaming… about pregnancy. While I’ve had dreams with symbolic pregnancy before, I’ve yet to be able to puzzle out this particular set of clues to unravel the intensity. As I understan

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014. May it be as adventurous as you imagine, and as romantic as you dream. May you be blessed with more bounty than you can quantify, more joy than you have words for, and more magic than you ever believed yourself worthy of receiving. May synchronicity align all the desires [...]

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  Moroccan Lamb. This is the Moroccan Lamb Tagine I made for Christmas this year for folks who wanted the recipe – this is the one I used. Modifications for lamb shanks instead of cubes; also added pinky-finger pinch of saffron to the sauce; mixed sauce cold and let the legs marinate overnight, then roast. [...]

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I can’t believe I’m posting on this site about the freakin’ Duck Dynasty crap, but after my feed exploded, I put this on my FB and left it. “Per the duck dynasty spat on my feed…. Freedom of speech does not obligate people to respect, like, or employ you for what you speak. Yes, you [...]

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In the middle of Nanowrimo this year, I broke for a day to check out Orycon 2013. OBVIOUSLY, I had to get my picture taken with the Mandolorians and a Jedi. As one does. And there were a bunch of awesome folks! And lots of great costumes. Of course, when I wandered through the merchandize [...]

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I might have a bit of an issue with the masculine-archy at the moment. Struggling to put some comments in perspective. Him: Well, we love the writing and the concept. It’s a big concept – but it needs more male characters to balance it out. Me: *paused for confusion* I’m confused. There’s almost an even [...]

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Made it through Nanowrimo. Barely. I didn’t hit my 80K word goal. I didn’t even come close. But I did squeak past the 50K minimum to finish with a win. Still recovering and catching up a week later. More news to come… when caffeine kicks in.

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