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What’s Making Me Happy In May: Nostalgia, Book Clubs

This month, I’m into… Nostalgia podcasts. I’ve been listening to The Babysitters Club Club (that second “club” is not a typo) for awhile, but I only recently discovered that’s it’s part of a whole realm of nostalgia podcasts in which the hosts dissect past books and television shows. My new favorite is The West Wing Weekly, in which the hosts dive into one West... read more

Writing Process: 7 Productivity Boosters

Draft 2 of Blizzard, my novel set during the Blizzard of 1888, turned into something of a beast: it was a complete re-write that took very little material from the first draft. I worked almost exclusively on it from mid-January to mid-May. Along the way, I adapted my writing process and learned some new tricks to help myself work better and faster. It should be noted that these process tweaks are only... read more

100 Books: Winter/Spring Favorites

In 2016, I read just over 90 new books. I decided to set a goal for 100 books in 2017, knowing that I’d be home with the baby for much of the year, nursing with Kindle in hand or taking walks with my Audible app. 100 books is a true challenge, and I’m not sure I’m going to make it, but I’m giving it my best. I’m at 40 right now, which is pretty close to par, but I’ll... read more

The 2017 Scott Meyer Award

On Saturday, I attended the Millbrook Literary Festival as a finalist for the Scott Meyer Award. It was a full day of author panels, workshops and networking. At 1:00, the finalists were introduced, and we all read our short essays. The judge, Karen Orloff (author of 7 published books and a column in the local newspaper for the past two decades) then announced the winner. I was shocked. It was me! I... read more

Announcing The Perspective Post Newsletter

You guys, I’m so excited about today’s post, because after months of secretly working on the service and the content, I finally get to talk about my newsletter. Origin Story I’ve wanted to start a Words From The Sowul newsletter for… well, an embarrassingly long time. I first announced it on the blog back in August 2015, but I ran into some problems. After spending hours picking... read more

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