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...

Learning from Reality TV?

The NBC singing competition show THE VOICE is good teaching tool for writers – or for anyone who has to present any sort of programming in front of a group. Self-confidence, projection, belief in the material, presentation and even storytelling. It’s all...

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...

Nine Non-Techy Tips for Better Blogging

Are you new to blogging? Does reading Problogger give you hives because it’s so comprehensive? Here are a few easy blogging tips that don’t take a lot of tech work. They’re easy-peasy. Maybe one of these can help you? Blog posts aren’t just for...

What’s the Difference Between Tags and Categories?

When I first started blogging, I used to be confused by the difference between a blog’s “tags” and “categories.” What did those words even mean? How would I use them? Couldn’t I just leave them blank? So, let’s talk about what...