Putting Your Character in Peril: Writing Realistic Drug Scenes

My guest blogs at Writers In The Storm- an award winning blog for writers- are quick reads that can help you create more realistic page-turners: Fentanyl 101 For Writers: Because sometimes we need to know how to protect our own family. It isn't always about writing. Read more What Triathlons Taught Me About Writing (and... Continue Reading →

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Fentanyl 101 for Writers (AND parents)

Check out today's post at the Writers In The Storm blog. Arm yourself with the important facts about fentanyl- what it is, how people keep getting it, why it is so dangerous, AND how can I protect my loved ones. It's worth your time!

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What Will It Take?

Join us in this month's multi-author blogging share topic from Insecure Writer's Support Group: As a triathlete, I know that one day I’ll have to make the big decision to hang up my old, worn racing shoes. (After all, I think you'll agree they've seen better days!) What will be the tipping point? Will another... Continue Reading →

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Ironman Cozumel 2020-Race Recap and Tips

I'm seeing lots of folks checking this post out as everyone gets ready to head to Cozumel in a few weeks. The BEST of luck to ALL the racers. The race is fun, spectating is a blast! I'd love to hear your plans now or come back after the race and tell us your experience!... Continue Reading →

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Finding the Write Carrot

Normally, I have to convince myself to go on a long training run or bike ride with some sort of carrot I promise myself, if I complete my goal. And by 'carrot', I mean chocolate. Or frozen yogurt with toppings. Or some other positive reinforcement that I can focus on for a few hours, while... Continue Reading →

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Is Imposter Syndrome Leading to Writer’s Block?

  So many writers end up staring at blank pages or finding themselves stuck, unable to get the ideas to flow from brain to paper. It gets diagnosed as Writer’s Block. The prescription is time away to regenerate the muse. Once back home, newly tanned from a beach, sleeves rolled up, some frustratingly find the... Continue Reading →

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Is Fear Sabotaging Your Writing Progress?

Fear. What a powerful force. It drives us and holds us back. In life. In writing. I’ve seen so many posts from writers, worried about a litany of issues keeping them from finishing their WIP and taking the next step. Fears of failure, imposter’s syndrome, fear of rejection. These worries drive some writers to long... Continue Reading →

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Plotting Drug Scenes: Lethal Writing Traps to Avoid

So...you want to kill off a character and write a scene where he grabs his neck and dies instantly after a sip from drug-laced drink! Not so fast. If you write that scene, you risk losing credibility with your readers. Some drugs are rapidly lethal in small quantities, but none are instantaneous killers. Even the... Continue Reading →

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Never Give Up On Writing- You Are Good Enough!

I just got back from cheering folks on at the ITU World Multisport Championships in Spain. I continue to be amazed at my misconceptions of the triathlete world. When I train, I struggle against injury, motivational challenges, and work-athlete-life balance. And I always feel alone, exposed in my false pretense of belonging to the world... Continue Reading →

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Writers’ Overuse Syndrome-How to Avoid Burnout

After my long bike ride or run, I stretch out and head for my Normatec compression boots, kick back with a beverage (yeah, sometimes a Kiltlifter), a plate of nachos, and let the boots massage out the aches and pains from pounding the pavement or cranking the pedals. It's a planned, forced rest.  Strapped into... Continue Reading →

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When a FB Group Is Not a Good Fit

As writers, we need connections on social media to find critique partners and places to share writing knowledge. But sometimes those connections are not helping advance creative needs. I think we've all been there- finding a closed FB group, whose focus is a genre or writing topic of interest. But the posts content is for... Continue Reading →

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What is Your Next Writing Race?

Somewhere between mile 5 and 6 on my run this week, when my headphones switched from the flute trills of McCarney and Wing's Live and Let Die to the raucous sound of Immigrant Song (Zeppelin), I was hit with both a rush of endorphins and a revelation about writing. Or maybe it was the beginnings... Continue Reading →

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Car-Proofing Your Run- What?!

In the last week, I have nearly been hit by a car twice on my runs.  YES- I did say runs. Or in my case my preferred walk/jog (Wog- see here for more).  Until recently, I thought cycling was the most dangerous leg of triathlon, based on the number of near car collisions I had... Continue Reading →

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Your Top Picks for Plotting Resources

(2 min read) Are you on #TeamPlotter or #TeamPantser? Or somewhere in-between? Folks either love plotting or seem to find it constraining their creativity. There are a few authors that tread the middle ground, tapping into bits of both worlds. (#TeamPlantser) Plotting seems to be quite a personal thing for authors. Some love the make... Continue Reading →

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