Bookish Crafts That Are Easy on Your Pocketbook (see what I did there?)

Just hear those bells a jinglin' a ring-ting-tinglin' too. No? Nothing? It's probably because, if you're like me with five kids and a football field-length shopping list, your pocketbook is bereft of coin (or bells). So here are some crafty ideas for the bookish people in your life that shows off your appreciation for literature and your mad power tool skills. 

Book page necklace: Love it! Find the tutorial here.

Book page chandelier: Tutorial here 

Trash into treasure? I see nothing but awesome here. Tutorial here.

Short on space for a big tree? Design by Sylvia Rademakers Styling.


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Hello, Internet!

I apologize for the radio silence on the blog for the past month. October is always a busy month for ghost writers and I was up to my eyeballs in conferences, book signings, and radio interviews, so to bring you up to date I'll hit the highlights:

Getting our banquet on with
Saritza Hernandez
Florida Writers Association Conference
As my poor family shivered in the first clutch of fall in Virginia, I basked in the fluorescent lights of the Lake Mary Marriott in Orlando. Teaching workshops on time management, and how my agent and I work together, it was a busy fun-filled weekend that just happened to have tiaras and banquets. I met some lovely people, was approached for some new opportunities, and was only a tiny bit disappointed not to see an alligator. 

I had a great time at the conference and look forward to returning in the future. In sunny Florida? Please visit their website to learn more about their work and how it can help you to be a better writer.

Interested in the time management course for writers and other crazy busy people? Let me know in the comments and I'll work on a free ebook!


Tap Tap, Touch Touch – Adventures in Power Walking

I’ve been climbing Suck Mountain since June and now that the weather is turning from hyperventilating sweat-slogs to just heavy-breathing slogs but with a jolly leaf change, I’ve decided to change it up a little bit (and stay out of the rain). Today’s DVD was with a demon named Allyson and her peppy three-mile walk to the soundtrack of public domain background music. The only thing that kept my attention during the 50 minutes? The complete lack of coordination during jazzy beats of the woman in the back. We two are sisters in matching yoga pants.

Allyson started off slowly, baby steps into the new and exciting world of power walking in your living room, her middle-aged thighs only packing a few things in the saddlebags. Her brightly colored backup walkers in ill-fitting t-shirts were ready to go and I spied Debby in yellow, already having trouble with the simple “base” step of marching in place. Wrong foot, wrong foot, with only one arm pumping while the other flopped helplessly at her side. I felt her pain. I couldn’t make it past the warm up level in Jazzercize. As Allyson took it up a notch to a sassy sidestep, I saw Debby flounder – for a minute there I thought she was going down – as her foot flew out, nearly kicking the blue walker in the buns. This was better than hiking up Suck Mountain any day, I couldn’t stop watching and waiting for Debby to take down the rest in a heap of spandex. Her arms akimbo, her face contorted while she concentrated on the steps – back, back, toe touch, front – I knew she’d never make it to Mile Two and the weight balls o’doom.