Monthly Archives: September 2017

Irma Update: Evacuating

Will try to stay in touch via phone, but things have deteriorated enough where we are that we are evacuating to our office in Niceville. It has become possible that we will be indirectly hit with a Cat 1-3 hurricane, … Continue reading

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Where Irma Is, & Where We Are

Not much to do today but continue on. Today I prepped two kid books for publication and started a third. I also answered a LOT of texts about how safe we were. Right now, we are safe. Storms are unpredictable … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma Inspiration

Things are tense here as everyone rushes to batten everything down ahead of Hurricane Irma. Disaster certainly puts things into perspective. The things we complained about last week seem petty today. Irma reminds us not to sweat the small stuff. … Continue reading

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Hoping for the Best

As Irma bears down on the Caribbean tonight, all our hopes and prayers go out to you.

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Available Classes

Here’s a reminder for the classes I have available online and at Northwest Florida State College. This morning I’ll be doing a talk on Social Media Basics for the  Niceville Business Exchange at Cafe Bienville, 314 Bayshore Dr, Niceville, at 8 a.m.   NWFSC … Continue reading

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MOOC 6: Folding Final Moments

This was the last class of the MOOC—a massive open online course—given by the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. As my own classes (as teacher this time) are ready to start and Hurricane Irma looms, the feeling of accomplishment … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma: The Panic Before the Storm

Like many Floridians, I woke up and finally took notice of Irma. We have hurricanes all the time here, and they don’t become topics of conversation until they hit Cat 3. We’ve all been watching Houston… remembering Ivan and Opal. … Continue reading

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Deep in WordSmith Territory

Lots going on behind the curtains here. By the end of the month there will be some new surprises. Truman the Tarantula (Lit Lizard 3) and Spiders Are Everywhere are both in their final stages of production. The new Everywhere … Continue reading

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MOOC 5: Finding Pivotal Moments

I found myself flagging for the fifth assignment. I hit an over-the-top busy period in my life and felt rushed in all areas. Writing was not a pleasure, at this time, but had sank to the level of obligation. But, … Continue reading

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From Soraya: Interview with Lisa Tuttle

Another interview today from my friend, Soraya Murillo Hernandez, from Spain. Soraya speaks Spanish, and I only speak English, so our friendship has leaned heavily on technology and Google Translate. She has sent me a dozen or more of these … Continue reading

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