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5 Ways to Take Control of Negative Thoughts

Today, I’m pleased as punch to hand my blog over for a second time to my son, Chris Hoornaert, who investigates what psychology has to say about another issue of importance to all writers: Negative Thoughts Take it away, Chris! 5 Ways to Take Control of Negative Thoughts “Stop being a prisoner of your past. […]

The Ideal Hero? MFRWauthor

For week 19, the Marketing for Romance Writers blog tour prompt is: The Ideal Romance Hero Well, I’m a guy, a straight guy, so by all rights I should excuse myself from this one. Nah. Since when has being unqualified ever kept me from having an opinion?  So here are two opinions, one facetious, one serious. 1. […]

The Muse is made of sand #MFRWauthor

Most stories begin with a grain of sand. Not literal sand. Mental sand. When a rough grain of sand gets caught in an oyster’s shell, the oyster secretes a layer of mother-of-pearl around the grain, trying to make the sharp edges less annoying. Then another layer, and another. Out of a nasty little annoyance, a beautiful […]

Mr Valentine wishes you happy Valentine’s Day

You’ve all seen those hunky heroes on the covers of romance novels. Washboard abs. Handsome as hell. Allergic to wearing shirts. That is not me. And yet,  in a way, I’m a real live Harlequin hero.  For I inspired the hero in a romance novel.  Truth, I swear. It happened twenty years ago when I was […]

I feel marvelous, and I wanted to share the feeling

I actually feel good today. Really good. My body glows with a sense of well being. And that’s notable because? you ask. Because it’s the first time in over three months.  I’d never heard of sepsis, but now I know it’s a nasty, debilitating disease with a long recovery time. But still … it was, in […]

Robert J Sawyer and the Order of Canada

“It’s not me I’m worried about. It’s Dr. Hentzle’s reputation. . . . Some say she should get an Order of Canada, and you know what that means, eh?” – from Newborn Jo Beaverpaw, the assassin clone in Newborn, has no idea about the Order of Canada. You probably don’t either.  No reason you should, unless […]

My Royal Command Performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine have been touring Canada. While reading about the tour, I learned that they visited Carcross, in the Yukon. I daresay none of you had heard of Carcross before the royal tour.  There’s no reason you should have. The settlement is home to fewer than 500 people, […]

By Jupiter, she made it!

As a romance author, I sing the praises of girl meets boy. Woman meets man. Goddess meets god. Just such a meeting happened this week, as the king of the gods met the woman made specially for him.  The Juno spacecraft has reached planet Jupiter. Talk about a match made in heaven. Here’s their meet-cute, and […]

Top Ten Literary Music

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  The blog hop features lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to connect with bloggers who love the books you do. This week’s top ten is all about books […]

A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
Image “Not for Sale” used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb who’s an activist in stopping Human Trafficking but authorized this image for use outside. It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan…