Celebrating Perseverance in the Writing Community

Today I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere! It’s an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger. I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!


Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Continue reading

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GETTING STONED – A Monolithic Tale

Ahhh, Callanish. The moment we stepped into the circle, it felt like I’d crossed a threshold into another world. Immediately, I was drawn to this particular stone. Mostly since it was not much taller than I, but partly because she called to me, as if she had a story to tell.

Imagine my surprise when I leaned in for this photo, totally unprepared for the tale that she and her ancient monolithic sisters were about to share… Continue reading

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A Daily Post Photo Challenge – inspired by a recent accidental photo taken from a Chicago hotel room window…


Dusk nosedives, hits street below

Twilight flaunts
a brave new world

Should I stay or should I go?


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What’s the connection?

The book launch of LOST BOYS, a middle grade historical fiction novel by début author (and friend) Darcey Rosenblatt.

LOST BOYS is a captivating coming-of-age story of friendship, hardship, and hope. Twelve-year-old Reza is an Iranian boy who loves music and spending time with friends until the day he becomes a soldier and eventually a prisoner of the 1980’s Iran/Iraq war.

Reza’s story honours the strength of the human spirit. It is a tribute to every child who has managed to survive the horrors of war, as well as to the many who did not make it through. LOST BOYS is a heartfelt début novel. I only have one word of caution (well, maybe three): keep tissues nearby.

I wish I’d had a hankie on hand for Darcey’s book launch, too, where a Continue reading

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JELLIES vs. WELLIES – An Elemental Conundrum

There’s a jelly near my welly
Is it a he or she?
Not the welly,
but the jelly,
Either way,
I’ll flee!

But wait… Continue reading

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With the weather taking a turn, I ditched the broom and opted for United Airlines. Once we reached our cruising altitude, the skies turned friendly, reflecting the lovely crew members’ cordiality, making my journey to Scotland if not completely comfortable (22F had its challenges) at least sociable, swift, and safe. Even if they had been rude, nothing could have spoiled my excitement over a reunion with friends I’d only visited separately during the last nine years.

Sadly, our fortnight together last month has already come and gone, but for now, while I sort photos and stories, I want to at least share with you a few Highland and Hebrides highlights with the added texture of a limerick that we cobbled together as we neared the end of our adventure ~

Three mavens from far points are we
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iConic BRIDGE – Can U Guess?

Not yet?
How about now? Continue reading

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