Working Through the Pain

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I’ve been dealing with chronic pain for the last ten years or so. Seems I’ve inherited my mother’s and grandmother’s degenerative arthritis. My five foot, stoic Swedish grandmother always said, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”. She kept on walking everywhere and never owned a car. She took two aspirin each day, a swig of Pepto Bismol, and lived to see her 102nd birthday. She bragged that she’d never been in a hospital except for her last few days. My mother moved to Sarasota, Florida in her sixties and…

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Write a Novel? How do I begin?

Well, as many wise authors have offered, the answer to how do you begin writing a book is, “just write and write some more.”  That advice is wonderful if you’re not paralyzed by fear!  But, since I was a small child I’d faced fear many times and found a way through, hadn’t I?  This was different.  First, I had had success as a self-help author and now I was going to write a novel.  A completely different genre.  Who do I think I am!?  Self-help writing just poured out of me.  But novel writing?  That’s a different story (pardon the…

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