Reboot and Patreon Announcement

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ReBoot It’s time to reboot. Am I the Only One Dancing has lain dormant now for quite a while. To be frank, I’ve been in mourning since Clinton lost in November, and I’ve been in shock and dismay since Trump took office in January. While all that was happening, multiple rapid changes were also happening in my personal life. To take stock: My husband lost his old job due to physical disability and got a new, lower paying one My youngest son left for the Navy and is now doing well in Navy Nuclear A school. I have hired two…

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This Morning’s Dance: The Writing Process

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Everyone has a different writing process. Mine varies, but lately, I’ve developed something of a routine. Sometimes I use haikus to shake the debris from my brain and get it working. It’s a melty dayThe rain freshens my gardenSnow in the shadows Actually, I use haikus a lot to shake the debris from my brain. And usually publish them on my Twitter feed. Which you should follow. Really.

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Builiding Your Writing Tools: Creativity, Productivity and Energy

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Virginia Wolfe had it right with regard to the difficulty of writing with multiple competing obligations and the lack of a personal space to write in. She used the illustration of Jane Austin, who had the great good fortune of a good income and a supportive family to help her bring her amazing pieces of fine literature to fruition. I am not the only writer to fall prey to this dilemma. Over the course of my adult life, I have found times when I could be extremely productive, and others when I have gone weeks or even months without writing…

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All Roads Lead to Austen: An Austen-licious Memoir

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If you’re a fan of my website, you know that, while I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen, I’m no fan to the display of wealth, privilege, and class in general. (If you’re going to buy gorgeous things, buy them on sale or used, fergoshsake!). All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith does a fabulous job of threading the needle between telling an entertaining and compelling story and dealing with the class and wealth and culture issues that inevitably occur when an American professor (a United-States-ian, actually) takes a year to travel through Central and South America discussing…

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