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As I write my current book, I have researched the early immigration of Syrians. Between the years of 1890-1924, the largest wave of Syrians came into the United States. My great-grandmother and great-grandfather were a part of this first immigration. It isn't a migration that is often discussed in our US history. During my research,... Continue Reading →

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The podcast I never miss an episode of is: What Should I Read Next? Anne Bogel loves books as much as I do (actually maybe more) She interviews guests each week and based on their favorite books and books they dislike (or hate) she makes recommendations. She interviews really interesting readers. All have a story that impact... Continue Reading →

It is a rainy Saturday here, and the perfect day for reading. Comment and share your favorite beverage you enjoy while reading and what book will keep you company this afternoon and evening?      

Ah, it's been a long weekend and I got very little writing done. I wave at my kids as they get on the bus. I walk the dogs. I open my computer to write the chapter due to my book coach tomorrow. But wait! I forgot to update my calendar. It will bother me all... Continue Reading →

As a reader, I had not truly understood how much happened off the page of the story. Most authors masterfully slip in backstory without disturbing the flow of the narrative. When I became I writer, I realized how much "pre writing" has to happen in order to understand the motives and decisions the POV character... Continue Reading →

How Bored was Thoreau: a short story I wrote while hiking through the woods. And yes, this is pretty much what I do all the time. Every moment has a story I am making up.

#30daysofart Day 4

Today was all about outlining in my writing life, so I took a break with my favorite painting tutorial #paintingwithjane to decompress.

Last night my family and I hosted a dinner for friends for World Refugee Day #EatforSyria I would show you pictures but we were having too much fun and eating tasty food to stop and pose. You will just have to picture the stuffed grape leaves, the Kibbe dripping with juices, falafel and hummus and... Continue Reading →

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