My not-so-secret blogging weapon – Updated!

This is not Joel. If you're having technical trouble with your blog, have you thought about hiring a hiring a blog technical support person? True confessions time: I don't do every bit of the work on my blogs. Sure, I write posts, re-size photos, hunt up stories and videos, update plug-ins, back up the blog - all the day2day stuff that WordPress makes easy once you get ...

Some thoughts on voting

An unexpected encounter in a waiting room opened my mind to some thoughts on how we view the voting process. I spent part of Election Day 2012 in a hospital waiting room. I'm okay, but doctors monitor my blood once a month to make sure I remain that way. My blood tests aren't the usual "tap, slap, off ya go" affairs. I have to wait a ...

Twelve Survival Tips for Public Speaking

That first author reading outside of a workshop atmosphere is daunting. According to the Self Help Collective, the fear of public speaking is second only to the fear of flying. My first such reading was in March 2012 at a New England Sisters in Crime event for the state of Connecticut. I read the first few pages of my work-in-progress, along with about a dozen published ...