My Best Christmas Gifts

It’s Christmas morning and I should be musing over Jesus’ birth, but instead I’m thinking about the four books that sold on Amazon.com yesterday. Mom confessed that she bought the first book, and my daughter, Elya, leaked out that she also bought one of the first four. Mom’s eyes sparkled as she burst forth with …

I SOLD MY FIRST BOOK ON AMAZON.COM!

What a rush. I went into my CreateSpace account and there it was “$5.65 December Sales.” I cried. After five years of working on this book, I actually sold a book. Words cannot describe the joy that I feel right now. If you are the first book buyer, I would love to hear from you. …

If I could be an angel for a day…

Have you ever wondered what you could do if you were an angel for a day? This morning I wrote a life synopsis for my Ted.com personal profile; I’m a social activist at heart and this website stirs the reformer wanna be inside of me. As I tried to encapsulate my personal history in 1000 characters or …

Refrain Book Update: Creativity is about Consistency

Nothing challenges the consistency of my creativity more than a day job, and I’ve had plenty of those over the years. I’m back to work as a middle school literacy teacher so my days, once again, fill with lessons and meetings and drives across town. Gone are those summer sessions of writing until noon. Then …

Refrain from the Identical Book Update

I look around my house and sigh, “Wat een Rommel.” (The Dutch expression for “What a mess”) The last several days of my hubby's “paint the house project” culminates in piles of disorganized stuff. To say that I'm overwhelmed is an understatement. Only three more days until I have to go back to work and my …

Book Progress Update

The publishing of Refrain from the Identical progresses at a steady pace. The efficiency of the createspace design teams amazes me. I approved the reformatted interior design mock-up and the full interior proof of the book has just arrived. The next step is to print the pages and reread for formatting and convention errors. READ THE ENTIRE POST...

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