Crowdfunding websites: Why they make us better people

About three years ago I was a Mary Kay cosmetics seller for a while (good times, I learned a lot of valuable stuff). The Mary Kay culture is all about empowerment, believing in yourself, and working for change (all good things). So, there I was, a new Mary Kay rep, looking for people to empower with makeup, and giving free facials to anyone who would have me. Unfortunately, most people wanting free facials were people who couldn’t afford the product.

There was this one lady I did a…

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Behind the Story: My Trip to Agnes Scott College

New Years weekend my husband and I went to Columbus, GA to visit family. Besides the AMAZING larp (live action role play) we attended run by S.O.L.A.R.  (I got to play an elven archer/bard=shoot people with foam-tipped arrows and entertain a tavern full of travelers with ocarina music),

LARPing with my hubby

we also got to visit Agnes Scott College’s campus. This college is the setting for my modern fantasy series Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus – the Lily Singer Adventures.

As a quick catch up, I’m writing about…

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Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Revelations – FINISHED!

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After many tweaks, additions, a last chapter, and an epilogue, I’m proud to announce my second book, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Revelations is complete! It still has to go through my editor, of course, but the story is there, and I couldn’t be happier. I finished it last night…weeell actually this morning at 7 am after a 10 hour writing stint, getting the last 8,000 words done in one go. Yes, I then went to bed, but I was back up by 1 pm. No…

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Celebrity Philanthropy: the Power of Social Media

For over a decade since I saw Angelina Jolie’s movie Tomb Raider, I’ve followed her work promoting international aid. I’ve always had immense respect for her fight to bring help to those in need. She’s not perfect, of course, but she’s doing something. I’ve never wanted to be an actress, but for a decade I’ve wanted to be like her: using my influence to make a difference, to bring hope.

Several years ago I donated to a fundraiser by one of my favorite authors, Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the…

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Adventure, Snarky Humor, and Free Stuff

 

Don’t they teach you in Being A Writer 101, don’t quit your day job?

Oops…well, I guess I missed that class, because I just put in my two week notice *pauses to let inner cheering fade*. This is so I can write full time in preparation to publish TWO books April 2016!! And then two more in September, and more every year for the rest of my life.

Yes, it’s a risk. Yes, it’s crazy, bordering on stupid (not quite, I am still working,…

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