Mother’s Day Bookish Gifts

Top Center: My Mom. Top Left: My paternal grandmother. Top Right: My maternal grandmother. Bottom Left: My paternal step-grandmother. Bottom Right: My paternal great-grandmother. First Gift Idea A gift for you, a gift for your mom: family legacy. Learn about the women in your family. Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story is a guided workbook…

Winning the Publication Game

“You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” ― Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird As in legal cases, the same goes for publishing - you rarely win, but sometimes you do. The only way you'll ever find out is by fighting the good fight. I'm continuing my fight toward publishing Eliza's story with another step…

Bookmarked: Reviews Q1 2020

The first three months of the new decade, 2020, will be marked in history. Our surreal month of March has made everyday utterances of Covid-19, social distancing and N59 masks. We'll all hope these terms will fade into the pages of history very soon. Until then, here are the books I read to start the…

Bookish Report of March 2020

Exhausted by an endless stream of news reports, without even the whir of the annoying dribble of March Madness to break up the facts, figures, myths and rumors? Feeling cabin fever set in after only two days of social distancing? Afraid binge-watching ten seasons of "Friends" in a single sitting may expand your derriere to…

International Women’s Day 2020

The first female doctors from India, Japan and Syria, as students at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1885. (Photo: Legacy Center Archives, Drexel University College of Medicine). Repeated from my 2019 post: International Women’s Day  

A Shell Seeker’s Saga

Among the broken and barnacled, somewhere lies the perfect shell. The challenge lies in patiently picking through them all to find the treasured prize. The shell seeker's saga reflects my thoughts after attending a writers' conference in St. Augustine. I continue to search among  broken plot lines and marred character descriptions to find the novel…

And The Winner Is…

Who's watching and making predictions for the Oscars tonight? Since Little Women is the only nominated film I've seen (Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design), I can claim no rights to make any valid predictions. What I will be curious to hear is whether any discussion around the Best Picture nominee, 1917, includes talk of the…

Growing a Thick Skin

I've spent the past twenty years in sales, a career I never thought I'd be in when I began in marketing where creativity is balanced with strategic thought. In sales, success comes from an ability to think strategically to assess the best approach to use with a potential client. When a 15% close rate is…

2020 Double Vision

A new month, a new year, a new decade. Many exciting adventures lie ahead and I have huge hopes for this year on many fronts. Of course one of them is centered on securing an agent and bringing Eliza's story a few more steps closer to publication. As 2019 wrapped up, I sat and listened…