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NaNoWriMo Write-In’s in Pittsboro

Since I’m an adjunct instructor with the Central Carolina Community College Creative Writing Program,
and because I plan to challenge myself next month with NaNoWriMo, I’m excited to announce
there are going to be some write-in’s in Pittsboro!

Want a fun self-challenge that may get you closer to your goal of publishing? Join our NaNoWriMo Write-In’s!

  • Kick-Off: Thursday, November 1
  • Regular Write-In’s: Mondays & Wednesdays (Nov. 5 – 28)

All Write-In’s at Central Carolina Community College are from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 225 at the Pittsboro Main Campus.

Not familiar with NaNoWriMo?

– – > Read more here: And here:
– – > Or download this flyer!




Romantic inclinations

I was excited to go to the Romance Writers of America national conference in Denver last week. Not only did I get some great insight on plotting (which my poor TBI brain needs to learn … pantsing isn’t doing it for me lately), but I got a hot jolt of inspiration and rejuvenation! I got to see some of my favorite writer pals, and best of all, our son traveled with me to do a little adventuring. What a week!

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New Year, New Opportunity!

It’s exciting to have made another lap around the sun. The new year, for me, is lining up to be pretty exciting. Beginning today, I’ll be blogging with USA Today’s Happy Ever After community, making recommendations for my favorite romantic suspense books!

Check it out when you get a chance … I’ll be posting on Thursdays.

Happy New Year, y’all!

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Putting it all together

The continuing education creative writing adjunct instructors at Central Carolina Community College were asked to provide bios and headshots, and images of their book covers for the upcoming Carolina Women’s Show. My mom loves stuff like this, so we’ll most likely swing through. It’s kind of cool to see all of seven of my book covers put together. It reminds me that my TBI is nothing but a blip in my career, a five-year hiatus seasoning my imagination so my forthcoming books will be even more exciting. Onward and upward!


Inspiring words

My grantwriting class met again last night, and I got the nicest note from a student.

I so appreciate your class. I have been inspired to write on a personal level more since last nights class … I am taking back my love for writing.

Though I still struggle with writing anything long-form — my current approach is now more of a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing — I find my mind whirling with creative ideas this afternoon. So when you have a good experience at work or at school, or in line at the grocery store, make sure you share the positive feedback. You never know who may need a little pep in their step.


Harry Potter Forever

I was so excited about a piece in yesterday’s USA Today about the USPS selling a limited edition Harry Potter Forever stamp … starting on Tuesday. Little did I pay attention, though, to the fine print: “The official first day of issue, when stamps are available in post offices,  will be Nov. 19.” Rats!

One of the Harry Potter stamp designs, as published in USA Today, 11/12/13.

One of the Harry Potter stamp designs, as published in USA Today, 11/12/13.

I spend a fortune on stamps every year because I’m a huge fan of epistolary relationships. I’m also a huge Harry Potter fan … what I’m not is a fan of patience. I called our local post office and they hadn’t gotten any Owl Mail about it at all, so I knew I was doomed. But then the mister saved the day. “Buy them online,” he said. And I thought, “why not.”

This morning, in the quiet hour between 5:50 and 6:50 when I’m up with our son before he heads to school, I did it. I created an account on and BOUGHT some Potter stamps. They’ll come right to my door on November 19. I’m so excited.


Socializing on the other side of the fence

ncstateUNC … Here I come.

I’m excited to return to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as one of the guest speakers for their Social Media, Writing, and Publishing Careers Meet Up on February 26.  I had a great time mixing and mingling with students and other professionals last year. What a great way to help students to learn more about specific occupations and career areas in the wide, wide world of humanities.

Even the brightest CEO in the world, the most gifted surgeon, the most visionary techno whiz … would not be able to succeed without communicating their intentions. I will fight the urge to wear my NCSU shirt, but will proudly represent my fellow language artists as we try to bring another generation of humanities students to the dark side … because, as some genius said somewhere in the world that was captured and propagated around the Internet: we have cookies.

Go humanities!