Paleo Diet — I feel like I’ve fallen face-first into the Fountain of Youth

Now, I had never really heard of the Paleo Diet (and I don’t ever do ‘diets’ in the way most Americans think of them, BTW) until about a week ago. My sister Sarah said she’d been reading great things about it online and we should try it.  And it’s changed my life in ONE WEEK.Continue reading “Paleo Diet — I feel like I’ve fallen face-first into the Fountain of Youth”

How to Move to the Next Level as a Writer — 10 Tips That Could Make You Well-Known and Famous

I consider myself an intermediate writer.  I’ve been writing seriously for fifteen years and am just now moving into the publishing game.  Wherever you are in your writing journey, you probably want to move up to the next rung on the ladder.  Here are ten ideas to get there – 1.  Write More That’s reallyContinue reading “How to Move to the Next Level as a Writer — 10 Tips That Could Make You Well-Known and Famous”

Everything You Want is on the Other Side of … Sugar?

Now, all my life I’ve loved sugar and the sweet foods that contain it.  And in a very real way, I think a life where you couldn’t enjoy an ice cream cone, or a birthday cake, or a piece of chocolate would be sorely lacking. That said, I’m enjoying feeling better than I’ve ever feltContinue reading “Everything You Want is on the Other Side of … Sugar?”

Are You Willing to Look Like a Fool for Your BIG Dream?

Would you be willing to fall flat on your face while moving toward your dreams?  Because honestly, if you would not, I don’t see you making it in the long run. Harsh?  Yes, very.  But I believe more and more that the fear that stops most people is only born of a desire to alwaysContinue reading “Are You Willing to Look Like a Fool for Your BIG Dream?”

Is ‘Release Day’ an Outdated Term for Self-Published Books?

I am planning the release of my first book at the end of the month and I have a problem — I don’t have a burning desire to email everyone I’ve ever met, Tweet 24-7 about my “GREAT DEAL! ON AMAZON! CHEEP!”, or prime my fans to buy it on day one or else, I’llContinue reading “Is ‘Release Day’ an Outdated Term for Self-Published Books?”

Welcome to September — Start Your Engines

Awesome author Catherine Ryan Howard (who you should be following) said, “But what I really love about September is that it’s a fresh start, a perfect little package of time between now and New Year’s Eve in which you have every chance of achieving your goals and sauntering smugly into 2014 with a smile on your face.Continue reading “Welcome to September — Start Your Engines”

Bumbling Toward Greatness

If you have been trying to change your life, to start a new habit, health regiment, or novel — and it’s all been going to shit — take heart. If your loan application was turned down, your long-term steady left you after you started talking marriage and kids, or if your amazing new group attractedContinue reading “Bumbling Toward Greatness”

The Super Secret, #1 Tip for Greatness: Action

Graphic by the great Austin Kleon That it.  Just one word, one idea.  No long list, no thirty-seven bullet points, just — this: THE SECRET TO GREATNESS Action. I’ve been trying a lot of things this year, but in the end it has all led to this moment.  This typing, this game plan to livingContinue reading “The Super Secret, #1 Tip for Greatness: Action”

The Novelist’s To-Do List for Greatness

Today I finished the first draft of my third novel, ‘Fall Street’ (claps on the back, applause, and confetti here).  Now, the more times I do this the easier it gets, but I still remember being a nervous newbie who couldn’t imagine writing a whole book.   So with that in mind, here’s my very simpleContinue reading “The Novelist’s To-Do List for Greatness”

Are You Ready To Be the Best?

So you have a dream.  A dream people tell you is unlikely to come true, BUT it is a dream some people make a living doing — maybe a really good living.  So, there’s only really one question left — how much do you want it? There’s Always Room at the Top I was talkingContinue reading “Are You Ready To Be the Best?”