November 2009

self help

A writer’s friends wonder–or ask her outright–if she uses real people in her novels. Short answer–yes! You’re in all my novels! Real answer–real people are way too messy for fiction.

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your moment of Zen

A video Elizabeth made for her Marketing class. The assignment was to create an iPhone app and make a commercial for it: [youtube]

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new e-mail trick

So I think I can send in blog posts by e-mail. Bear with me, I’m learning a new trick. Soooo…here’s a picture of Barkis looking pathetic. He cut his widdle

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sports movies

So on the New York Times web site they’re talking about the biopic “The Blind Side” about a disadvantaged youngster adopted as a teenager by a wealthy family. The debate

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cookie exchaaaaaange!

Thanks to the incomparable Sheila Roberts, Eagle Harbor Books and everyone who came out on a rainy night for Christmas books, cookies and a fierce competition for a great prize–a spa

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ANZAC biscuits

So I’m breaking in a new friend–a KitchenAid stand mixer. There wasn’t really anything wrong with the previous Hamilton Beach–but the thing was ancient and tended to fling batter 360

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literary insults

Writers can be so deliciously snarky: “He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”  – Winston

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the gratitude project

By popular demand, I’m bringing back my most-requested blog project. Last November, we had so much fun right here on my blog listing things we’re grateful for that I’ve created a

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