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Buy Me a Coffee

It’s cliched, but I am truly powered by coffee. The above photo is of my favorite coffee cup. I bought it in the Atlanta airport years ago. The handle is in danger of coming off, and the glazing is cracked. But I love it. When this mug becomes too dangerous to use, I’ll try to get […]

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River of Leaves

Okay, technically, it’s a canal full of leaves, but that doesn’t sound as dramatic!Thanksgiving Day was super windy. So many leaves blew off the trees that they turned part of the local canal into a sheet of leaves.  If I hadn’t know better, I’d have thought I could walk across this. 😉

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No Power-Hungry Protagonists, Please

I recently stopped reading two different books because the only goal of the protagonist was to gain more and more power. The quest for power by itself has no interest for me. A character who wants people to hail them as a hero because their ego needs it? Nope. Not interested. Wanting power just so no […]

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Refilling the Creative Well

Image licensed from Depositphotos. Copyright: Tatyana YamshanovaThis morning I listened to a podcast about how writers can replenish their creative energy. This was in reference both to the creativity needed to come up with new story ideas and the creativity needed to run an author business. My usual way of refilling my creative well is reading […]

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The Gift by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

I recently listened to an amazing, inspirational interview with Dr. Edith Eva Eger on the Marie Forleo Podcast. Dr. Eger has a new book out called The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life. This interview made me cry and gave me hope. I immediately put in a hold request for the audiobook from my local […]

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The November Issue of The KierDevil News Is Out!

It’s funny typos time again! The November 2020 edition of my KierDevils newsletter went out on Thursday, November 5th.  If you’re a subscriber and don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folder. For Gmail users, it might also be on your Promotions tab. If my emails are consistently ending up in your spam […]

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Staying Calm

Image licensed from Depositphotos. Copyright: Dmitry RukhlenkoWith all the stress and uncertainty right now surrounding the elections in the U.S. and the potential for another round of COVID-19 lockdowns, I’m struggling to stay calm. Here are a few things that are helping me.Deep breathing. I like to inhale for the count of four, trying to […]

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Because Internet

I’m listening to the audiobook of Because Internet read by the author, Gretchen McCulloch. This is an engaging and entertaining look at how our use of language has evolved in the internet era. You might think linguistics is a dry, boring topic, but McCulloch makes it interesting and fun, even when she’s deep-diving to the […]

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Voting Done!

Yesterday morning, before work, I took my sealed and signed ballot to the local town hall and dropped it in the official ballot box. It was a clear, crisp (for California) morning. The town hall has a fish pond and the water was mirror still in the early morning hush. This afternoon, I received confirmation from […]

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Tools & Tech for Indie Authors Conference

The Alliance of Independent Authors is hosting the Tools & Tech for Indie Authors Conference from October 17th – 18th, 2020. It’s free registration for the 24 hours of the conference and for accessing the recordings in the 48 hours after it closes. Sessions include How to Sell More Books with Bookbub and Write More Books […]

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