Category Archives: Life 101

From hobby to ‘jobby’: 5 ways to turn a love of reading & books into a business

Writers aren’t the only ones who can transform their passion into a career. Readers can turn their love of books into an income stream, too. Here are five business ideas for readers and/or book lovers. While these opportunities won’t make … Continue reading

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Reflections on sports, humiliation and science fiction romance…

There are good athletes and average athletes, and then there’s me: athletically challenged.  No matter how bad someone is at sports–I’m worse. Junior high and high school PE was a humiliating experience. I was the kid nobody wanted on their … Continue reading

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Why be positive? Why I started daily #Motivation memes

Monday through Friday on Facebook, I post a daily “Motivation,” a positive, inspirational message. Many people have responded to it “positively,” and I get quite a few thank yous and shares. I’m happy when a message I’ve posted helps somebody, … Continue reading

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7 Earth-sized planets…what it means to this #SFR author…

Recently, NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets, three of which are in the “habitable zone,” a distance from their star with temperatures that would allow liquid water, and thus might support life or have life. This is exciting … Continue reading

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Tools of the trade: 10 items in this writer’s toolkit

Like most authors, I write on a computer, but my laptop isn’t my only writing tool. I thought I’d share some other necessities. My desk. I have a big L-shaped mission style desk that gives me room to spread out. … Continue reading

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2016 in review: a year of successes and some trial and error

My annual year-in-review post is always enlightening for me. It allows me to keep a history of what I’ve done (I often refer to past year’s reviews) and to evaluate what occurred. When I lay it all out there, I … Continue reading

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Winter, winter, winter…hello, my old, cold friend…

I like winter when it follows the calendar, i.e. lasts for three months and then goes away. I’m a transplanted Southern California girl. When I lived in North Idaho, winter lasted for five months, from November until the latter part … Continue reading

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Strategies & tips for managing your email inbox…

Email is like laundry—if you don’t keep up with it, it turns into a mountain. Periodically, I clean/purge my inbox. After I do that, I always promise myself I’ll keep it clean. But invariably, a big project comes along that … Continue reading

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Positive thinking: my favorite motivational memes #Motivation, #MotivationMonday

For a few years, I’ve been collecting motivational, positive sayings that resonated with me. I’ve started sharing these on Facebook to bring some positive energy to social media. Each weekday, I post a new meme. I try to pick ones … Continue reading

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Trouble with computers: it’s not me, it’s THEM

For the record, I think computers and the internet are the best things to happen to the world since the invention of the printing press. Having a computer has made it possible for me to be an author. If I … Continue reading

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