Category Archives: Realities

Shifting Your Way of Thinking – AKA Jolene waxes philosophical

So, I finally got new running shoes today. I’m owed a tax return for the first time in a long time (YAY!) because I made less money (NOT SO MUCH YAY), and I was in desperate need of new running shoes. This spring, like every other time, I expected to get that runner’s high I […]
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Psst… You’re Going to get it Wrong

I was involved in several plays in college. One of the characters in a production was a pregnant woman and there was AN ACTUAL PREGNANT WOMAN cast in that role! Perfect! Think of all the research of “pregnant woman movement” she won’t have to do! When the review was printed in the paper after opening night, […]
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known about Publishing

Everything in publishing takes freaking forever. FOR. EVER. You have to make the process the destination, or you will always be frustrated. The chances of your book(s) making you rich are like 3%. If you’re not writing for the love of writing, then find something else to do with your time. There are already too many […]
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I Tend to be a REALIST

I tend to be a realist when it comes to the publishing world, and I echo that on my blog (yanno, on the rare occasions when I bother to blog). But I’ve shared the realities of – Timelines. Publication process expectations. Money. Sales. But some things have become easier for me now that a few […]
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WORK, MONEY and other things that make no sense…

Most mornings Mike gets up for work, shaves, puts on a suit, a button-up shirt, and a tie. He generally gets to the office about a half-hour early because of our daughter’s school schedule, and maybe stays about a half-hour late (much longer if he’s in trial or gets called out to a crime scene). So. There’s about one hour […]
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**FRAGILE**

There are times when I feel so incredibly fragile as a writer and as a person. Sometimes it has to do with what’s going on in my family life – like my mother in law spending a month at my house. And while I love having people come visit, I’m also very private, and sharing […]
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Anything Worth Having…

…is worth working for. I HATED that saying as a kid. I really felt like if it’s meant to be, it’ll just come to you. And…then reality hit. Mike and I just celebrated our 18 year wedding anniversary. EIGHTEEN YEARS. I’m about to turn 38, so yeah, we got married young. Evidence: I’ve known Mike […]
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The DOWNSIDE of writing tough topics…

Everybody has an opinion. Everybody reads a book from a different place, because we all come from very different places. We all have experiences, and know people with experiences, and all of those things shape the way we view the world. My first published book was about a girl who had taken a year off […]
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What You Love Most…

With writing comes expectations – mine, my agent’s, my editor’s, my readers’… With writing comes the idea that at some point, I’ll have to go over every single sentence and read it again and again to make it perfect. And then turn it into my editor and start that process again. There are days when […]
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