Colleen Young on Self-Publishing her First Books

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In my recent post about writing, I mentioned my friend Colleen’s self-published trilogy series (Book 3 is coming next month). She’s already had over 600 downloads to date and gotten a really great response from readers, so I wanted to pick her brain about the world of self-publishing and her adventures in writing. I met Colleen my freshman year of college and…

Books I’ve Been Reading

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“Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell “Society celebrated the self-made man, but the concept of the self-made woman hardly even existed. Probably because what society insisted defined a woman were her relationships to other people.” Candace Bushnell is probably best known for creating the characters of Sex and the City. I’ve read a lot of her work and at first glance,…

Books I’ve Been Reading

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“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese This book is beautifully written. The author is a doctor and the story follows twin brothers who are born in Ethiopia and grow up to be surgeons against a backdrop of political unrest. The major themes are that of family, loyalty, and betrayal. It’s a bit long, but I found the story to be very…

Resolutions Review (A Frivolous Fall)

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thank you, crystal xx   Recently, a good friend went through a period where she questioned why she blogged, which made me think about my own reasons.  I found myself thinking that it helps to establish accountability – that when you post something online, you feel more obligated to follow through because you know you’ve shared it with others.  Basically,…

Week 11: Loving Touch

Wrap-Up:  Week 10 (Every Time the Phone Rings …) I’m completely aware of the fact it’s been way too long between updates; however, I’m happy to report that I single-handedly wrote thirteen Jazz Fest-related articles for goNOLA over the last six weeks!   While I’m excited about that, between doing the articles and working at the hospital, my brain and creative…

Sunday Thoughts

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Here are some words I’m finding particularly inspirational lately.  Wishing you a great start to your week!   When I was young, writing was like falling in love.  There was this complete loss of self.  The experience was all-encompassing … you can’t live like that forever.  It’s got to be sustaining.  [There is that] deep, true part of myself that…