V’s Snippet of the Week – #1: THE IMPORTANT THINGS

In an effort to be less wordy and blog more often, I’m going to try something new. I like to think of it as a snapshot with a journalistic twist. (Basically, pertinent or entertaining information that catches my attention. But I only share a small part of it, like a photographer focusing one tiny detail in a vast landscape.) It’s called the […]

Seven Questions with Maryann Kempher

Welcome to my new(est) blog series, SEVEN QUESTIONS with SUPER INTERESTING PEOPLE! Today’s 7Q features debut autor Maryann Kempher V: Tell me about yourself. MK: My family moved to Reno NV, where Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set when I was 15. I currently live in Florida with my husband and two children, two dogs and one cat. […]

On Leading a “Double Life”

A few months ago, I decided to tackle “Piece of Advice #3” (of 3,000,000) in C.J. Redwine’s book, Query: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed and Get Signed. (Link to the book) Though most writers/authors/agents/publishers would most likely agree that no one book can possibly hold ALL the secrets an aspiring author needs to […]

Just Call Me Cordelia Wallace

Cordelia: Sons and daughters of the internet, I am Cordelia! Peanut Gallery: Cordelia is a made up character in a book! Cordelia: Yes, that much is true. In real life, Cordelia is a sassy office manager who kills Diet Cokes by the hundreds, and has been known to quell a man twice her size with […]

The Cow’s Not Even for SALE!!!

So, you know that saying that all mothers in the 1950’s used to apparently tell their daughters? (At least I assume this to be the case, since every mom I’ve met repeats it often and with great enthusiasm. But just in case you’re male and/or have been raised in some kind of sedentary wilderness, I’m referring to the “why buy the cow […]

Twitter-whoring and other Unforgivable Sins

I recently joined the “Twitterverse,” which is something I swore I’d never do, right up there with getting an iPod–because iPods were for hipster elitists who couldn’t walk without a soundtrack–and taking yoga classes seriously. Unfortunately, life is not something you can ever completely predict, and it seems almost fated that you’ll inevitably end up breaking all of your carefully constructed rules […]

On Selling Yourself

Lately, I’ve been stuck in this sort of purgatory between my current life/career and the life/career that I will (hopefully) have a year from now. I feel like there’s this sort of marshy, uncertain territory that lies between where you are and where (or what) you want to be when you “grow up.” For some, it’s fame and fortune. […]