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About admin

I'm a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and the author of three mystery-suspense novels: "Fast Track," "Bluff," and "Troubled Water." Book four in the Lark Chadwick mystery series, "Bullet in the Chamber," will be published October 15, 2016 by Strategic Media Books.

Beating Writer’s Block: Some Suggestions

You know the feeling: You’re on a deadline. You don’t have much time to craft the perfect story. You sit and stare at a blank computer screen while it stares back at the blank expression on your face. With each … Continue reading

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Take Off Your Straitjacket

Perhaps the biggest impediment to successfully finishing your novel is the hectoring voice in your head that’s critical of every single word you choose. You know the feeling. It’s like trying to write while you’re tightly cocooned inside a straitjacket. … Continue reading

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I’m Afraid to Write!

Facing our fears is the first step toward overcoming them. Continue reading

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Advice on Writing a Novel

Writing a novel isn’t as easy as it seems. Continue reading

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My Callanwolde Experience

I’ve just completed a two-month stint as Writer in Residence teaching fiction writing at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. What an amazing place! The serendipitous opportunity came in an email from Peggy Still Johnson, Callanwolde’s new Executive Director, … Continue reading

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THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them.  I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy.  On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information … Continue reading

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Metro Girl

A poem for the girl who got away It’s been eight months now since my 22-year-old son Stephen died. The other day I came across a scrap of something he wrote. First, some background: During one of my “girls-and-relationships” conversations … Continue reading

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Metro Tableau

Three young children on a subway — and the memories they inspire I’d been riding on the subway for just a few minutes when I spotted them a couple rows ahead of me: three children – a tableau of what … Continue reading

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Whittling it Down: What to Do When a Manuscript is too Long

As usual, my thoughts about the writing process might also be relevant to living. Case in point: What to do when a manuscript is too long (or a life is too cluttered)? Answer: Whittle it down. (These comments will be … Continue reading

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Turning Grief into Love

Came across this passage this morning from the booklet “Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief” by Martha Whitmore Hickman: “….all the time we are struggling with our grief and its meaning, the seeds of a new compassion … Continue reading

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