My not-so-secret blogging weapon – Updated!

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Groundhog at the Computer
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 used to using it.

As for the behind-the scenes, under-the-hood tech stuff, the “alphabet soup,” like FTP, HTML, CSS?

Some thoughts on voting

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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 while for an IV nurse, so I always take a book.

On election day, I sat on the aisle when a little family rolled up. A teenage girl in a wheelchair with her leg in a cast, a boy about 10 years old and a middle-aged woman wearing a Muslim headscarf scanned the area for a spot to sit together.

Twelve Survival Tips for Public Speaking

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Photo courtesy Barbara Liskow. From the SinCNE "Reads Across New England" event

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 and yet-to-be-published authors.

I got by with a little help from my friends, and I don’t mean Mr. Makers Mark or Ms. Xanax. Here are some tips from fellow members of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. Maybe these tips will help you, too.