Thirty Years & a Tassel Toss: What One Non-Writing Prof Taught Me About Writing

“I can’t believe it’s been over three decades!” she quipped, blue eyes dancing. “Didn’t we just graduate last year?” Looking backwards quick enough to generate dual whiplash, my friend and I peeled back thirty+ years in a single bound, recalling cafeteria food, favorite chapels, best profs, dumbest assignments (yes, I confess), a championship basketball team,Continue reading “Thirty Years & a Tassel Toss: What One Non-Writing Prof Taught Me About Writing”

Best Book-ish Quotes for Your Instagram

There I was. Stretched out in a pool of sunshine. Minding my own business. Working on my tan. When Mom comes along with her mobile Doo-Hickey. She says all sort of nonsensical stuff: “Smile, Kimber! Sit. Roll over. Lay down. Stay. Say ‘cheese.’” While the Doo-Hickey is clicking away. So annoying. Anyway, Mom says she’sContinue reading “Best Book-ish Quotes for Your Instagram”

How Not to Write ‘Smart’

I was at a conference the other day. Six of us arrived early. Snagged a table and grabbed seats while we waited for the emcee to get the ball rolling. Ninety seconds after we sat down, every other person around the table was buried in his Smartphone (you know who you are). I sat thereContinue reading “How Not to Write ‘Smart’”

Social Media for Writers: Boon or Bane?

Most everyone who’s anyone is singing the praises of social media when it comes to marketing and promotion potential.  The amen corner  is full of  “absolutely!” and “imperative!” when it comes to using social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and/or web sites to jump-start your writing career or increase book sales.  ButContinue reading “Social Media for Writers: Boon or Bane?”

Seven Deadly Social Media Sins

Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge and joined the wonderful world of  social media.  Now that you’ve set up your Facebook, Digg, Redditt, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts and have burnished your initial blog post to a fine sheen, you’re ready for the world to snap up your pearls of wisdom.  But wait. Although savvy sales folksContinue reading “Seven Deadly Social Media Sins”