A conversation with a friend

Me: No worries, I know a guy, he owes me a favor. I’ll get it taken care of.
Friend (not sounding as happy as she should): You know, a lot of people seem to owe you favors.
Me: Well, I do something for them, they do something for me. That’s how it works.
Friend: That sounds a little . . . .
Me: It’s called networking.
Friend: I think the mafia has another name for it.


Today is my birthday! It’s one of those with a zero in it, and Jessica can’t quite believe how anyone could be that old, but I am mostly calm. You know what I would love for my birthday? I would love it if you’d sign up for my newsletter so we can keep up with each other.

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On life’s little mysteries

So I happened to notice this awesome commentary on the hand dryer in the bathroom of my favorite coffee shop, so I took a photo with my phone:



Then I put my phone in my back pocket and walked down to Global Cafe for some lunch. On the way, my butt took a couple photos:




I would love to know what these things are, but if my butt knows, it ain’t saying.


Dojo Wisdom for Writers, second edition, now available on Amazon in print and ebook! (Nook and other ebook versions here)
Catch a Falling Star (by Jessica Starre) and The Matchmaker Meets Her Match (by Jenny Jacobs), two of my favorite novels.

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On my favorite Facebook meme

If you are in Facebook, you have probable seen this “Polish proverb” (I have no idea where it comes from, and I sort of doubt the authority of someone randomly posting things on Facebook). It has become my new favorite mantra.



My collection of travel stories, Travels with Jessica, is now available! Kindle and paperback here; other ebook formats here. And I’ve published my essay “For Jessica” as a small book. Kindle and paperback here; other ebook formats here.

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My Valentine’s Day Gift to You

You know, this would be a perfect opportunity for me to remind you that I write romances under various pen names, and what better time to read a romance than on Valentine’s Day, but I’m not going to be as obvious as that.

My Valentine’s Day gift to you is to give you permission to stop doing that, whatever that is. Go ahead, just stop doing it.

You’re welcome.