Category: Writing

Friday thoughts

A random assortment of stuff on my mind right now: I turned in my manuscript of Off the Clock to my editor. The book will be published on May 29, 2018. Timelines in traditional publishing are fairly long, but the upside is that I have the next 10 months to grow my platform, and try to introduce more people to my work, so when the book comes out next spring, there's a re… read more »

Updates from the writing retreat

I have been doing a bit of "deep work" this week, getting my manuscript of Off the Clock in shape to turn into my editor. Since I'm speaking at a conference here in the PA mountains Wednesday, I elected to drive up a few days early to finish the book in solitude. It's been good. I love the concept of writing retreats. While writing is my job, the rest of life often cons… read more »

My quarterly goals: A mid-year check-in

We are halfway through 2017! As longtime readers know, I make quarterly goals each year. I aim to set a major goal each quarter in each of three life categories: career, relationships, self. I find that quarterly goals work better than New Year's resolutions because you can do many things, while still focusing on one goal at a time. In any case, here's how I di… read more »

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas”

I spent a lot of this weekend reading Benjamin Franklin. I have been noodling around the idea of creating a reading guide of sorts that would contain half a dozen ready-made "to be read" lists based around a theme. One of those is self-help (well, "your best life" sounds better). I'd remembered reading part of Ben Franklin's autobiography and liking it, and so… read more »

The mid-week rendezvous

After leaving New Orleans on Wednesday, I flew to Washington DC for an event honoring new recipients of a journalism fellowship I won several years ago. It was good to catch up with people. The most fun part for me, though? My husband scheduled some meetings in DC on Thursday, so he came down to meet me Wednesday night. He was a good sport through the dinner, and th… read more »