Books

The moral of most novels is …more complicated because the human condition invites a long, serious discuss on morals as presented in novels. Not to mention, some understanding of the hero's journey. Novels exist to entertain. They take us out of our ordinary lives and give us glimpses into worlds we would not know, otherwise. The moral in most of them is that being human is okay. Or, being an alien based on the author's human experiences, is okay. Read more →


Victoria, to her credit, decided to follow her gut instinct when she was hit by a bolt of lightning one day. No, not a real lightning bolt. We’re talking the kind of “I have a big idea” lightning bolt. Read more →


Today's Big Ideas in Books we will discuss essentialism by Greg McKeowan. The title is not a typo, he spells it with a lower case ‘e’. Shades of e.e. cummings? Perhaps. I am not privy to the reason behind the spelling. Read more →


One of the biggest things that was causing me stress was rewriting my blogging how-to book. I had it in my mind I wanted to rewrite it before the Cat Writers Conference. After I realized that project alone was freaking me the hell out I let it go. I will take copies of the book as is and will continue working on the rewrite and re-release it later because it will be new and improved. Stress level dropped drastically. Read more →


The book is rich with the vibrancy of real life. I say that knowing how we writers, and I include myself even though none of my novels have seen the light of day, create real life on paper, out of our own dreams and horrors and laughter and anger.For the writer who wants to write better, this book is a book you’ll want at your elbow, right there with your Strunk & White. Read more →


Giving back doesn’t have to mean returning a gift to others. It can mean giving back to yourself. It can mean giving back to the dreams of how you were going to make a change in the world as a young college graduate. Read more →


I embraced my waywardness early on, and meet so many of you who are only now beginning to understand that you can be wayward and DEFIANT and that’s why I urge you to both watch this video and share it with family and friends across social. Read more →


I was drawn to this book precisely because I believe in the concept of fierce conversations. I admit, my original thought was how strong, passionate, even ‘barbarous’ that would be. But, in this book, Scott tells us, “In its simplest form, a fierce conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves into the conversation and make it real.” Read more →


Because the act of creating content is not as easy for all of us, this book will be the best guide you could ever have to learning how to master your content strategy and become a publisher with purpose. Do take a minute or two, after you watch my video slide show, to visit Pamela’s site and learn more about her. Read more →


This book, Wise Guy, is top notch. It’s not so much a story of Guy (although it is) as much as it’s a story of a young man who had dreams to fulfill, and whose family supported him in those dreams. Oh, not without conflict, mind you. Just as we all have conflict in our lives, so did Guy. Read more →