The Two-Week Meditation Diet

benefits of meditation

You can tell from that headline that I'm a magazine writer from way back. No, I'm not saying I've found a way to think off ten pounds... Then again, maybe I have. I'm not trying to lose body weight as much as I'm trying to take a load off my mind. I don't have any problems per se, nothing anyone … [Read more...]

Writing Romance, Now More Than Ever

"Woman Reading" by Alexander Deineka.

I was in the middle of reading my editor's comments on my novel yesterday when I heard the news about Boston. I work at home by myself, but at that moment I felt sure I was united with many others who probably also stopped working, watched in disbelief and horror, and cried. Going back to work on … [Read more...]

Does This Writing Make Me Look Fat?

round chair

I'm almost at the end of a three-month marathon spent revising a novel. As a palate cleanser, I wrote a short story before I have to move on to revising my novel BEACH GLASS, which will be out next February. I also have to finish reading a friend's cool murder mystery, another friend's short story, … [Read more...]

Paper: The Love Affair Continues

A page from the journal I kept during a trip to Paris. Tough to do on an iPad.

I love my iPad. It's small, it's cute, it's light, it fits in my purse. When I first got the 'Pad, we were inseparable. I read books on it with my Kindle app, I tried writing a novel on it (successfully!), and then I started keeping my morning pages on it. Morning pages are part of The Artist's … [Read more...]

This Month’s Vision Board

My BEACH GLASS vision board.

The phrase "vision board" may sound a little new age-y, but I believe in the power of positive visuals. Wherever my eyes go my mind goes, so I when I look up from my computer screen, I need to see things that uplift me, inspire me, and remind me of what I'm trying to do here. Because I'm … [Read more...]

Looking for Signs

"When the tides change, Be Fearless."

Most of the time, I'm pretty confident about what I'm doing--bucking conventional so-called wisdom, finding my own path. On a random Thursday, though, I may find myself not quite so sure. Am I doing this right? What am I doing, anyway? Do I have a right to do whatever it is I'm doing? As … [Read more...]

My Not Enough Time Book List

"Twice Loved" by LaVyrle Spencer

Book lover? I'm past that; "book junkie" is more accurate. Paper or digital makes no difference. I'll take my tomes straight up new, borrowed with a twist, in an ARC, second-hand, Kindled, folded, spindled . . . I just want to read. My favorite and most anguish-inducing episode of The Twilight Zone … [Read more...]

OM-MG, Surf is Up!!

One of the west coast's gorgeous beaches.

You know I'm a fan of double-exclamation points, but this has been a triple-exclamation point week. If you've visited my Facebook page lately, then you know that my novel BEACH GLASS (I'm not shouting; the solid caps thing is what book publishing types do with titles) is officially coming out on … [Read more...]

Inspiration: Finding Your True Purpose

Yogi Cameron

Click here to view video: Yogi Cameron on practice and finding your true purpose I really like this brief, very inspiring speech given by Yogi Cameron at this year's Tadasana Festival. YC is one of my Integral Yoga brothers, a fellow teacher as well as an author and now reality show host. Despite … [Read more...]

The Single Most Important Rule of Writing

The best rule of writing.

"Ass in the chair."--Nora Roberts, on the secret to her success Above is Nora Roberts' simple, one-step process to writing. She should know; she's currently working on her 204th book right now. (She'll probably be done with it before you finish reading this blog.) Best-selling authors Stephen … [Read more...]