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"Intern" does not mean "Insignificant"

"Intern" does not mean "Insignificant"

I am and am not taking this from personal experience -- personal observation, yes. I have been in a few different internships and both times interns are perceived very similarly: unimportant. Like the lower class of the job world; beginners, etc.It is ...

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50 Shades of What’s the Big Deal?

May 31, 2012

Why is this book by a Twilight fan so popular? OK, I haven’t read it and don’t really plan to, mostly because no one can explain to me why it’s so good.  Erotic fiction is not a new thing.  I … Continue reading

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Gate Crashing – By Invitation

Gate Crashing – By Invitation

Just so you know there's more to my life than writing, let me introduce you to one of the events I regularly attend, put on by the Portuguese community to which my husband, an immigrant from Flores, Azores, belongs. Altar exhibiting crow...

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I’m (not) the BEST Local Blogger in Sacramento!

May 27, 2012

Shockingly, I did not even rank in the KCRA A-List popularity contest extravaganza for Best Local Blogger.  If I’d put much effort into it, I’d be disappointed.  I do appreciate the 8 people who voted for me. Yes, one was … Continue reading

The Girl With Moxie
Headed to Galax

Headed to Galax

On Monday night I was 100% funded for my trip to Galax to research my novel. Today I bought my plane ticket and made my hotel reservation for Galax. All thanks to you nice people, the ones with the big hearts and wallets. The ones who believe in my ability to write and publish...

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Anna Quindlen and Me

May 23, 2012

She wasn’t the prettiest, the thinnest, the most popular girl but she was really smart and seriously focused and as ambitious as any of the guys. These were the heady days of feminism after all. Anna was a sister.

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Online Dating Chronicles: Message Writing 102

May 21, 2012
Online Dating Chronicles: Message Writing 102

  Lately, I haven’t been doing the online dating thing.  Sure, my profile is up there, but I’m not actively looking for a date.  Why? Various reasons, but mostly I just don’t feel like it. Regardless, I still get messages.  … Continue reading

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The Galax Crowdfunding Project: Final Days & Updates

The Galax Crowdfunding Project: Final Days & Updates

The generosity of friends, family, blogger buddies, and others has been overwhelming. Like tears in my eyes kind of overwhelming. As of 1:55 pm Pacific Time today, I am $575 away from my goal. If you’ve been intending to donate, but have been waylaid by work commitments, financial crunches, or were trapped under something...

Writing and PR with Melanie
How to Build Your Contact List

How to Build Your Contact List

As an editorial intern, I began my journalism career with zero contacts. Well, I had the ones my editors knew, but not my own. So I created a spreadsheet that I keep on my desktop and is updated frequently.The spreadsheet contains four categories: 1) T...

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Commentary: Schools, already on a wheezing respirator, have to somehow stay afloat

May 16, 2012

In the Monday, May 14, Sacramento Bee, the headline on the Our Region section was this: Teachers get ax-or reprieve. Again, and still, teachers in California are set to lose their jobs. Another few thousand teachers will be getting their last paycheck as teachers later this month, or in early June. The final layoff notices...

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