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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.

Limit Reached
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 Girl With Moxie
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...

Eduskeptic
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...

Eduskeptic
Commentary: Fund the schools with bake sales

May 15, 2012

Earlier this month, California State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Torlakson, released a top ten list of suggestions for students and parents, ostensibly to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week. It contained the usual smattering of ancient exhortations to students and teachers. Do your best, raise your hand, turn in your homework, that sort of thing. Nothing...

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52 Kitchen Adventures
Eat, Write, Retreat: Reflecting on why I write a food blog

Eat, Write, Retreat: Reflecting on why I write a food blog

Last weekend I attended my first food blogging conference, Eat, Write, Retreat, thanks to a sponsorship from Jarlsberg. I thought I would leave the conference bursting with ideas and dive into writing new blog posts, but I have found the opposite to be true. Instead, I’ve been reflecting on why I blog, what I think you...

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The Girl With Moxie
FAQ on my Galax Crowd Funding Project

FAQ on my Galax Crowd Funding Project

With just one week left to raise $855 for my novel research trip to Galax, I thought I’d answer a few of the questions that have popped up from several of you who have read about my crowd funding project. What made you pick Galax as the setting for your novel? I grew up...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Do you have a passive or active program?

Do you have a passive or active program?

As a media relations professional, you and your company must decide on what type of program best suites the needs of the business. Passive: The company does not need nor desire to get public attention. This enables the company to lay low and only get a...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Editing = Success

I think most of all writers can agree on this statement: a manuscript is never finished. I have recently decided to delve once more into my most recent novel, just for fun, and found that I have a lot of work to do. It's one bummer about looking at you...

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