Designer Shoes

It was written in the stars. Always has been. I had my tarot told once at the Llewellyn booth at a Publisher’s Showcase. Scott laid all the cards on the table and stared at them a moment with that contemplative face all doctors make. Then he put his palms flat on the table, leaned over to me, and said:…

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Life, Art, and Contrarywise

(I wrote this on Friday, but wasn’t able to post it until today–AK) I finished reading Jude Deveraux‘s Heartwishes this afternoon. It was the very definition of a treat. Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite authors of all time, and when I saw her book on the New Arrivals table, I snapped it up. Her Knight in Shining…

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#YAsaves

I have a lot of hours at the bookstore this weekend, so I crashed last night shortly after this Wall Street Journal article came up in conversation on Twitter and Maureen Johnson started the #YAsaves hashtag. My only regret is that when I woke up this morning I missed all those inspirational tweets…but I’m starting to see that they’re…

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My Tab Habit

I have a really bad habit. I use Firefox for my internet browser…and I do this thing where I leave a bunch of tabs open because there are 1.)stories I want to read 2.) things I want to blog about 3.) reference notes I want to make 4.) stories I want to write or venues to submit to…the list…

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FGB FTW

If a writer plans to include a significant other in her life, this person needs to understand a LOT. It helps if this person is an avid reader. It helps if this person already has friends who are crazy, emotional, melodramatic, workaholic writers. It helps if this person is internet or technologically savvy. It helps if this person is…

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Confessions of a Picture Book Princess

A funny thing happened last year. But then, I am the Princess of Funny Things, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last summer, I had a new picture book come out. You might remember it: AlphaOops: H is for Halloween. It’s the sequel to AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First. I was shocked to my toes when I…

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Gee Whiz, People

My apartment complex is having a writing contest this month. In 25o words or less, you must describe “what healthy living means to you in your neighborhood” and submit it with a picture. The entries will be posted on the internet and put up to public vote. After votes are tallied, the top 4 entrants will receive an iPad….

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The Princess and the Emerald City

I make reference sometimes to living in “The Emerald City,” and to allay confusion, I figured it would be best to clear this up. I live in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington DC. (Outside the Beltway, for those familiar to the area.) As much as I would love to hang with Cherie Priest & Kat Richardson, I do not…

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Raindrops

I wish I could have taken a picture of the scene I just passed on the way home from the gym. It’s raining today — I had the hood of my jacket up for a minute, but it was too hot. The cool rain on my face and hair was far more pleasant. As I turned down the terrace…

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No More Tears

I had an “attack” this weekend, if you will, of dry, scaly, puffy eyes. I should have taken a picture so I could post it here and show you. Unfortunately, vanity prevailed and I shyed away from cameras. This sort of thing happens to me from time to time — so rarely that every time it happens I forget…

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