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WE’RE SISTERS, and that explains everything…

WE’RE SISTERS, and that explains everything…

Your sister can be the first person you call with news whether it’s good or bad or…she can be the last. Of course, there are always sisters who fall somewhere in between. But wherever you and your sister end up on the scale of the sister bond, the reasons are often complex and multi-layered. After […]

June 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Art of Co-Authorship

The Art of Co-Authorship

When we launched our website SomethingRhymed.com, we set ourselves a yearlong goal to research and write about a different pair of female writer friends every month. Well-wishers cautioned that we might struggle to find a dozen such duos, and this was something that worried us too. We knew all about Wordsworth and, Byron and Shelley, […]

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Negative Things Influence Your Writing…

How Negative Things Influence Your Writing…

Nobody likes negativity. It may seem like some thrive on causing misery to everyone, including themselves, but it’s just not true, take it from me. I don’t like being unhappy. I don’t like it when people I love die, when people hurt me, when people bitch behind my back and I get to hear about […]

May 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Covering Your Assets

Covering Your Assets

  When you browse around in a bookshop or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or wherever – what is the first thing you look for when choosing your next book? The author’s name? The amount of stars it has from reviewers? The book’s description? Or is it the book cover? I admit to often […]

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing About Love

Writing About Love

It wasn’t until I started writing fiction that I became aware of the widespread tendency to view men’s writing about love, family and relationships as a meaningful reflection on the human condition and women’s as frivolous and inconsequential. Increasingly there is a will to challenge and redress this prejudice and its consequences and that is […]

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Let’s Talk About Cats and Dogs

Let’s Talk About Cats and Dogs

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  Ernest Hemingway My debut novel The Astonishing Thing is about a woman with mental illness, seen through the eyes of her cat. It was refreshing to look at the world from a cat’s […]

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Place Settings

Place Settings

I’ve often said that I could live in an airlock in outer space for the rest of my life and never miss fresh air. Fresh baked bread, I’d miss. But sunshine, a cool breeze, and the way the moonlight dances across the surface of the ocean? Meh. Suffice it to say, I am not what […]

May 20, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Make Like a Nun and Get Your Writing Habit On

Make Like a Nun and Get Your Writing Habit On

What habit might that be, you ask?  Is it: The habit of sitting down to write at the same time in the same location each and every day even though Spring is here and your hands would rather be digging in the dirt than pounding on the keys? The habit of editing a draft over […]

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insults, Ordinary objects, and Empathy: A Doctor Discusses Empathy Through Writing

Insults, Ordinary objects, and Empathy: A Doctor Discusses Empathy Through Writing

My first meeting with Neslihan Senoçak, an expert on medieval Italy, didn’t start well. I was in the early stages of writing my first novel, The Scribe of Siena, and I’d managed to get Nesli to meet with me.  But she looked suspicious. After several minutes of introductory niceties, I realized why. She expected the […]

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

There’s only one secret to success, and it’s hardly a secret. When opportunity knocks, answer the door. You’d be surprised how many people don’t. They turn up the TV while glancing warily through the window, sighing in relief as opportunity moves on to another house. Here’s why it’s important not to do that. Every accomplishment, […]

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More