Normal Is Boring


I won’t lie, I decided to address this conundrum because of my own aching heart. Whether it’s a great book or a riveting series on Netflix, when the story ends it leaves my mind reeling. I have trouble focusing on anything other than what my characters are doing in that moment. I feel ridiculous, but something in me won’t move on until I’ve processed the end. It’s like I have to grieve. Why is that? There are a number of reasons a...

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A few of my close friends choose a word annually to help them focus, a kind of loose resolution. The words are encouraging, challenging, and/or empowering. Selecting a word can influence your attitude towards your career, hobbies, family, and more. I’ve decided to take on my friends’ tradition, and my first word promises to filter into every aspect of my life. For me, 2018 will be about writing with my whole heart! Unique...

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The act of juggling life and everything it throws at me can feel like catching the tail of a cat in one hand and the blade of a knife in the other. Working on more than one project may be inevitable, but the end result will never be successful if I’m not willing to concentrate and make the best of a stressful situation. I’m not a fan of multitasking. In the moment, there’s a thrill that comes with deadlines and...

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If you didn’t know, I’m working on a new book and it has me seeing myself in a new way. Whether I’m checking myself out in the mirror or doing some soul searching in preparation for next week, clarity has always been an issue for me. It’s easier to see myself through the eyes of others. They have a better view, right? Last night, I clicked through a Facebook link to have a quiz guess my age and height based on...

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Lately, I’ve noticed an influx of big screen plots being driven by retaliation. (Superman v Batman is just one example.) To be honest, revenge drives the plots of most of the books I read and TV shows I watch. Who doesn’t want to watch a main character who suffers a loss fight their way to find the responsible party? Their happiness pivots on seeing someone suffer or pay for what they did (maybe we see it as justice and...

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We love putting our characters smack-dab in the middle of a fork in the road. When they struggle with deciding between right and wrong, it makes them relatable. There’s something about this type of moral dilemma that compels readers to race from chapter to chapter. We root for our hero to choose the high road or for our heroine to save the day; we’re yanked down the rabbit hole with them when they get sidetracked. The gray...

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