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I’m an author whose next novel, which hits shelves on October 15, is written entirely in lists. List after list after list which tells the story of a man and his struggle for friendship, love, dignity, self-worth, and financial security. I like lists. Back in March of 2015, I wrote a list of 19 things…

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Happily, I have a thick skin. As an author of several books and a person who writes on the Internet in a variety of contexts, I receive a lot of less-than-glowing responses and reviews. These come in the form of online reviews, tweets, emails, and Facebook messages. While a vast majority of my book reviews…

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Exactly four years ago, I posted a list of 19 things I was loving at the time. As a novelist who has written an entire novel in lists (preorder here), it’s not surprising that my blog and social media is peppered with lists of various kinds. I especially like making lists like these because they…

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On episode #41 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we congratulate friend of the podcast Robin Gelfenbien on her recent (and momentous) Moth StorySLAM victory. Robin is the producer and host of Yum’s the Word, an award-winning NYC storytelling show and podcast: http://www.yumsthewordshow.com Next, we…

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Have you heard? National Women’s Soccer League stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are engaged to be married, the couple announced last week. The romance between the athletes began nearly a decade ago when the two met while playing for the U.S. National Team. Social media was abuzz with the news last week, with people…

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Good news! By unanimous decision, a federal appeals court in Michigan last week upheld an American’s unalienable right to extend her middle finger. A Michigan woman gave the middle finger to a police officer after receiving a ticket. The officer pulled her over again and upgraded the ticket to a worse offense. It turns out…

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As Captain Marvel enters its second weekend at the box office, it’s important to note that: It had a spectacular opening weekend, pulling in $153 million in North America and $455 million globally Both of those numbers far exceed projections It was the sixth-best worldwide opening ever The film appears to be on its way to earning…

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Charlie, age 6, said this after awakening from a bad dream: “When you wake up, bad dreams die.”  As a person who still suffers from occasional nightmares as a result of my PTSD, these were wise words. Words I needed to hear. Wisdom from my little boy.

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When it comes to dining out, I am a good tipper. My standard tip is 20% rounded up, and if I am especially pleased with the service, I’ll add a dollar or two. I don’t have a problem with tipping for service at a restaurant. I also tip on the total bill, including tax, because…

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Just last week, I revealed the cover to my next novel, Twenty-one Truths About Love, which publishes in October. But that wasn’t entirely correct. My actual next novel is titled The Other Mother, and it will publish in the UK and Australia in June of this year and will publish in the United States sometime…

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