Blab-o-Denise

Novel Rewrite Completed!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Novel Rewrite Completed!

I’ve missed posting the last two weeks because I’ve been deep into rewrites and revisions, immersed in the story and characters, in a  race to get it to my agent so she has time to read it and send comments before she goes on maternity leave. Nothing like a pending delivery to motivate me :-). I had planned to have a video of my book event for CLICK HERE up the second Thursday, but alas it didn’t happen. It will be coming soon, though. I still can’t believe it’s true. After 4+ years and several transformations,...

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Happy Birthday, Click Here!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Happy Birthday, Click Here!

In 2002, I finished a novel that I absolutely loved and turned it into my critique group. It had started out as a 13-chapter middle school book called My Own Two Feet and morphed into a 31-chapter book (yes, 13 transposed!) called Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade). In 2003 an agent liked it, an editor loved it and wanted to take it to an acquisitions meeting. Even now, when I relate the story, I can remember where I was when I got the call from my agent (in Mexico) and how I felt as my husband sat in a chair in front of...

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Out on a Limb Creatively

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Out on a Limb Creatively

Without vulnerability, you cannot create. – Brené Brown I took that picture through the screen of a window in my meditation room, just after finishing Day 9 of the 21-Day “Manifesting True Success” Meditation Experience. Deepak Chopra had just been talking about what it means to stretch beyond where you can reach, then we meditated and when I opened my eyes, there was the squirrel! I couldn’t imagine a better representation of my meditation than this squirrel out on a limb, stretching, risking to get to what she...

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Glorious Gratitude

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Glorious Gratitude

The picture in my featured image is one I took earlier this week on a run/jog on the High Line Canal Trail that runs through a few counties and has some awesome views, as you can see. It feels like my days have been non-stop action so it was wonderful to take time on a beautiful sunny day—it reached 80 degrees that afternoon!—and just be. When I started my warm up walk, I automatically put my earbuds in and started flipping through some of my running podcasts… when I heard birds chirping. I paused. Tilted my head. And then I...

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Working Through a Negative Emotion

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Working Through a Negative Emotion

“Let everything happen to you – Beauty and terror – Just keep going. No feeling is final.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke I can’t get over this quote. How often have I been stuck in a negative emotion, unable to see past it; believing I would always feel that way. But no feeling is final. It will pass into another feeling. That is incredibly powerful, both personally and professionally. Last week my agent checked in with all of the publishers who were considering my rhyming board book. Not long after, four had responded with a pass....

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