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Helping Our Local Businesses

This week I thought I’d share some ideas on how to keep cash flowing into our local businesses despite the COVID-19 shelter-in-place rules.If You Have a Bit of a Cash CushionBuy gift certificates or gift cards. If this isn’t currently an option, call and ask if you can pay for several haircuts/massages/yoga sessions to be […]

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A Bit of Humor

​​This week I thought we could all use a laugh (or at least a chuckle). So here are some jokes to lighten up your day. I think I heard these on Smart Podcast Trashy Books (click or tap in the box or on the dots to reveal the answer): What do you call a 200-year-old […]

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Comfort Reading in Times of Stress

Last week, I was reading a book by a new-to-me author when the scene shifted to the point of view of a character who isn’t entirely likable. That day, I decided that my level of anxiety was too high for me to continue reading his scene. So I decided to try a new novella by an […]

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Shower Storyboarding

​​I recently received an Aquanotes waterproof pad. This is a special pad of paper, with a special pencil, that you can use in the shower. It attaches to the shower wall with suction cups. I have wanted one of these for a while, since I often have story ideas in the shower but don’t always remember […]

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An Unexpected Side Effect of Dictation

​The other day, as I was leaving a voicemail for a friend, I heard myself say “Love, Vanessa” in closing. Oops! I’m so used to dictating my emails via the speech-to-text option on my phone that I forgot I didn’t need to close a voicemail the same way.Of course, having realized my mistake, I then […]

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Pet Peeves: How to Pronounce Patreon

Patreon, the online service that helps creators develop a membership business, has a pronunciation problem. I can’t tell you how often I hear writers say that they don’t know whether to say Pah-tree-on or Pay-tree-on. I’ve heard more Brits say the former and more Americans use the latter. The trouble is, this isn’t a generic word. […]

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Routine vs Creativity

​I’ve recently realized that I’ve fallen into a rut. I take the same route to and from work. I listen to the same podcasts. I walk along the same trails.Sometimes routine is good. It frees my mind to think of other things. But sometimes routine stifles my creativity and lulls me into a sense of […]

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Traffic Woes

​​I spent two hours in traffic this morning on my way to a business meeting. While the view was at times beautiful, with the sun coming up over the hills that are lightly covered in green, I have no idea how people do this daily without going mad or having their muscles permanently cramped. I […]

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Pet Peeves: Could Care Less

​One of my pet peeves is people using the phrase I could care less. No. The expression is I couldn’t care less. And no, I don’t care that the could version is becoming common. It’s wrong. It’s lazy. Is it really that much harder to say or write couldn’t? Every time I read I could care less, I’m thrown […]

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Paper books or ebooks?

​I’m a tactile person. I like to feel paper under my fingers as I read. To turn the page and see the bend of the spine. I also like hearing the page turn over. Hardcovers top my list, followed by mass-market paperbacks. Trade paperbacks, the ones that are not quite hardcover size, come third on […]

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