April #bookphotochallenge

18 April 2016 / Leave a Comment

This month I'm doing the ‪#‎AmpersandApril16‬ ‪#‎bookphotochallenge‬ thanks to https://commasandampersandsblog.wordpress.com. I'm having lots of fun styling some shots with my 8 year old daughter ... here's one she came up with for day 17. A-B-C. Follow along: https://www.instagram.com/outaprintwriter/

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Emerging from the new novel fog

6 April 2016 / Leave a Comment


I've been absent from the blogosphere for a long while! Back in November, in an All in the mind program, neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin said that technological multi-tasking increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol, can overstimulate our brain and cause mental exhaustion. I was suffering from digital fatigue. Two months into writing a new novel, I decided to cut out all the extraneous technological activity. I thought it was going to be hard, I thought I was going to miss Twitter and Instagram and Facebook and Wattpad, that I'd pine for validations from strangers on social media, that I'd feel like a non-entity without publishing a post on my blog. But it's been 5 months since I decided to live more like a 19th century writer and it's been bliss! (Read my original blog post here ...)

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