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A copy of a book titled Love & Saffron by Kim Fay sits on a book shelf surrounded by many other books.

Book Review: Love & Saffron

I love a good book about friendships. I love books about food. And books that give me a glimpse of history. And books about love. So it’s no surprise that I absolutely adore the wonderful new novel, Love & Saffron by Kim Fay. This book came out in February of this year and was my…

a book lover named Myrna wearing red glasses and a red shirt holds a book titled Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year in front of bookshelves

Book Review: Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, All through the month, Content Bookstore, the bookstore where I work, featured staff picks from our favorite Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. I had the fun of reading an excellent Children’s Midgrade novel by a Minnesota author, Nina Hamza. I don’t know Nina but she…

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Writing and Reading – Goals for 2022

Oh my! We’re well into 2022 but I haven’t posted about my Writing and Reading Goals for 2022. I set writing goals back at a writing retreat in February (led by my wonderful friend, writing mentor and coach, Kate Hopper) and I got to work on them. But I didn’t formally announce what they are…

a drawing of a bookshelf with my favorite books read in 2021

Books Read in 2021

I read a total of 40 books in 2021, up 10 from last year with more memoir and romances than in years past. The upswing in my romance reading is largely due to the fatigue of living in a pandemic resulting in a desire to read books with happy endings. That and the fact that…

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Submitting my Essays – Update!

Back in June, I wrote about setting a goal to submit my essays for publication. I started with a goal of 21 submissions but then raised it to 50. Though publication was part of the goal, my main goal was to make a practice of writing, editing, and submitting. Guess what? I met my goal!…

a yellow and blue book titled London's Number One Dog Walking Agency: A Memoir by Kate MAcDougall sits on a white bookshelf surrounded by other memoirs

Book Review: London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency

2021 was a good year for me for reading books. I read more books than in years past, which was quite nice. Soon I’ll be writing up my Books Read of 2021 blog post but since I don’t have that done quite yet, I will share a review of one of my favorite books of…

two file folders, a green one and a turquoise and gray floral one labeled Rejections and Acceptances! Several sheets of paper visible sticking out from folders.

Essays Accepted for Publication – at last!

In January, I started sending out essays to publications in hopes of getting them published. In early June, in my blog post Submitting My Essays – Keeping the Butterflies in Check, I wrote about the submission goal I set and how I submitted and submitted but still hadn’t had any acceptances. I was terribly discouraged…

A hand drawn picture from a journal showing books on a bookcase. Titles of the books are written on the spines. At the top, there is a banner that reads Books Read 2020. To the right is the start of another drawn bookshelf with Books Read 2021 on a banner at the top of the page

Books Read in 2020

I can’t believe we’re already over halfway through 2020 and I haven’t posted my listing of the books I read in the past year. I guess time got away with me, as it has for most people in this last year of COVID life, but it’s not too late to post my list so here…

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Submitting My Essays – Keeping the Butterflies in Check

At the beginning of 2021, I set a goal to submit my essays to publications in hopes of having them published. I’ve had essays published before and have had dozens of articles published as well so it’s not like I’m new to submitting or to being published but I haven’t been writing much for several…

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