I Hate You, Really.

Writers are narcissists. Think about it. We are so enamored with our written words that we (either on our own or with a group of other people) put them into print for everyone to see. Sure, it's often worth reading, but think about how narcissistic that is. That's why it hurts so much when you get criticism. If someone compliments [...]

Throwing Out the Pitch

Harlequin Love Inspired is hosting something like a Matchmaker event for pitches to all their lines. In leading up to the event, they've been posting many suggestions on their blog, and as a result of keeping up with this, I've found quite possibly the best blog on pitching that I've ever read before. The blogger's name is Lisa Phillips, and [...]

The Message Calendar

A good friend of mine (who is also a marketing professional) suggested that, while I'm approaching so much about my writing career in a new, highly strategic way, I may want to consider approaching my blog with the same vision. As someone familiar with messaging, I couldn't believe I hadn't done this before. Except that, most days, I just have [...]

The Drumroll

On the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother, one of my favorite characters (Victoria) puts off her first kiss with Ted because of something she calls “The Drumroll.” The Drumroll is the lead-up to the kiss. The anticipation. The imagining of what the kiss will be like, and the waiting for the realization of that hope. She’s willing [...]

Mexican Party Dip

This is a recipe my mother cut out of Good Housekeeping magazine when she was something like 25 years old. It’s been a staple in my house at every party I can remember and is probably the absolute tastiest thing you could put on the table. I highly recommend sampling this one. I use mild jalapenos when I make this for large [...]