Who by Fire Author Interview and Book Giveaway

  Who by Fire. This book has been blazing the blogosphere lately, with giveaways, author interviews and guest posts popping up at many of my favorite sites. The book sounds fantastic – there is crime, there is love, there is family … but is there forgiveness? Well, I don’t know. I haven’t read the book yet, either. But thanks to…

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NaNoWriMo Update: We are almost There!

With only two days to go, NaNoWriMo‘ers are working hard to finish their novels … skipping meals, forgetting their children, forgoing TWITTER?!? What kind of craziness is that? I’m bouncing against the 45,000 word mark. Can I do it? Can I dig deep into my writer’s soul and find 5,000 more words so I can conquer this novel writing monster…

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The Art of Italian Coffee: Caffè Baci in Downtown Catanzaro

  Oh yes. This little shot of java will seep into your blood stream, tickle the tips of your typing fingers and flutter your heart with the greatest of ease. Coffee is an art. No, seriously. Coffee is an art. Check this out. photo credit: antjeverena And this. photo credit: ~ggvic~ I was Stumbling the Internet last week and found…

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Writing Meme: What and How I Write

Here we are one week into November and “head down, rump up” (as my daddy used to say) in NaNo and NaBlo. I’ve completed seven blog posts for National Blog Posting Month, and around 9500 words for National Novel Writing Month. Yes, yes … I am a tad behind, but I’ll catch up. I have faith. With all of the…

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Hop on the BlogWagon: Helping Interested Readers find Great Blogs

One of my tweeter pals created a fun new blog concept that aims to match under-appreciated blogs with eager new readers. Great idea, non? The idea is to encourage group readership of new blogs and to share the love with other interested readers. Check out the full story here and if you’ve got a blog or website – sign up….

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It is NaNo Time Again! NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo Start Today

HTML, CSS, OH, DH, LOL, JJ, TGIF, LYLAS … the list goes on and on and 30somethings like me feel old when we try to decipher some of the latest text messages, uhm, excuse me, SMS messages from the new generation. Case in point. I received this email via MySpace from my cousin’s 15-year-old daughter. “… waitin 4 skewl 2…

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Blog Action Day: Reversing Poverty through Volunteer Travel

Imagine if you could spend a few days building a home for a homeless family in Romania, teaching English to orphans in Russia or serving food to starving people in Africa. Can you imagine how that would feel? It would probably feel as good as if you were cruising the Seine, holding up the leaning tower of Pisa or clanking…

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Friday Link Love

Mamma Mia is opening today in Italy and I am hoping to head over and get my fill of Mediterranean scenery and beautiful people. I know, I know… I can look out my back door for that. In the meantime, here are a few fun Friday links to get you through the weekend. >> Check out Six of the World’s Wackiest Festivals,…

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My Bella Mosaic

… if I may say so myself. Last week my friend Michelle posted an intriguing mosaic created by Flickr and based on select keywords and personal preferences. What fun. Since I have that distasteful habit of talking about myself a tad too often, I thought this was a perfect roundabout. So instead of telling you about myself, I’m gonna show you….

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MBV is Goin’ to Texas … So Come Here and Blog!

That’s right. After weeks of ticket searching, airline scouting and heavy duty praying the search has ended. I found a ticket and I didn’t even have to mortgage my house to get it … and I still get to keep my first born child, too. As anyone who is planning a summer vacation has realized, airline tickets are absolutely astronomical….

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