Sharing good things, especially things we’re proud of, can be surprisingly difficult. Embarrassing moments? Yep, I’ve told a few of those stories here. Full of excitement and anticipation? Oh, hell yeah. Contemplation–I know so. Downright depressing? Sadly, yes. But sharing stories that elevate, highlight, and draw attention? Ummm . . . not so much. Women,… Continue reading Good Things Shouldn’t Be Hard to Share
Recently, I was invited to the FUND Inclusion Austin 2019 conference by Huston-Tillotson’s CEO and president, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette. She was part of a one-hour panel discussion, “Inclusion: Does it Matter?” Oh, I wasn’t about to miss this! I’d first heard Dr. Pierce Burnette at SMWATX 2018, when she participated in a panel discussion… Continue reading We Could All Do Better at Negotiating Salary
I never attended a happy hour. Walked right on by the chatting crowds at the morning breakfast table. That FOMO Factory booth, where attendees snapped brightly colored selfies? The prominently placed step-and-repeat? Nope; no selfies or group shots populate my feed. Nor did I make a bee line for speakers after their sessions. So, you… Continue reading Measuring ROI for SMWATX 2019
Morning sun broke through the clouds to illuminate Manhattan’s gray buildings. Across their tops, I could see water; was that the Hudson River? That Friday morning was turning out to be cool and crisp, a good day to get out on foot and explore. Just one hitch: I had work to do. No problem–I’d combine… Continue reading Freelancing from NYC’s Public Library
Damn New Year’s resolutions. Damn those ubiquitous ads for personal improvements. Damn fresh starts, reaffirmations, good intentions. Damn everyone pushing those annual bookended reflections: What have you done so far? What do you want to achieve? Awards and Writing At last night’s Golden Globes award ceremony, Glenn Close gave a tearful acceptance speech that tore… Continue reading How Do You Measure Success?
Yes, I did work on a novel all throughout National Novel Writing Month. No, I didn’t get it finished. . . but I did make significant progress (and I’m not quitting). Yes, I failed to post a new section every Friday in November (hey, I hit 50 percent!), but that was due more to lack… Continue reading What I Learned from NaNoWriMo
Last week, I shot Lani. Friday’s blog post was the first time I’d ever released a work in progress (fiction, no less!) into the harsh, critical world. Nobody seemed to hate it, which I took as encouragement. And that’s positive reinforcement, because I’ve set a goal: post each Friday throughout November, which is National Novel… Continue reading Shooting Lani and Keeping Up with NaNoWriMo
National Novel Writers Month is basically a giant kick in the ass. Every November, prospective novelists turn to NaNoWriMo as motivation for churning away on the books burning in our brains. Ask your writer-type friends; I guarantee each has at least one, somewhere, in progress. A novel is the writer’s Holy Grail. Such a big… Continue reading So It’s NaNoWriMo…
Hot summer days, beach chairs, leisure time…all are improved with a good book. This year, I’ve committed to #52booksin52weeks. Not because I find it hard to make time to read. No, I’ve always got a book in hand or stacked, waiting, by the bedside. There’s a more basic reason for noting which books I’ve finished… Continue reading Looking for a Book to Read?
Today, April 23, is World Book Day. Oh frabjous joy! Callooh! Callay! Oh, World Book Day’s the real deal. Unlike “Cat Lady Day” or “Miss Work Month,” however celebratory they may seem, WBD is totally legit. However, I’m not blaming you at all for this calendar omission. It’s hard to keep up. In 1995, UNESCO… Continue reading Half a Year of Books by May