Social Media Makes Me More Creative and Less Productive

I'll admit it; the more I use social media the less productive I seem to get.  At the same time, the more I use social media, the deeper I think, the more creative I get, and the more connected I feel.  So... sort of a catch-22.  Social media both detracts and enhances my life. I work from home, on a computer, so it is too easy to keep checking email, glancing at Facebook, and peeking at my Twitter stream.  I used to spend those moments when I was trying to figure out a plot line in a book lying quietly on the sofa, thinking.  Now I am much more likely to skim some status updates while I try to work out the literary situation in my mind. ...more
This is very interesting, thank you for sharing it with us.  I agree, social media can stimulate ...more

Everything You Need to Know about the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

Despite a fairly disastrous livestream of today's Apple event (broken video and lots of time staring at colourful bars), we're here to tell you about the new Apple products coming out this fall.  The new iPhone will launch on September 19th (with preorders starting on the 12th), and with it comes a new operating system, iOS8. Here's everything you need to know about the new iPhones... yes, plural... as well as the new product, the Apple Watch. ...more
I sure will be!! I love apple and cannot wait for a new phone. I've had my 4s for awhile now and ...more

I'm Grateful My Book is a Kindle Daily Deal Today (and I Wish Everyone's Book Could Be)

My latest book, Apart at the Seams, is being offered up for the next 24 hours as the Kindle Daily Deal. (Get it while it's only $1.99!) I am so grateful to Amazon for the opportunity because I know it makes a huge difference in getting the book into readers' hands. I published all four of my books through traditional publishers, so you may not think there is anything I could possibly say about self-publishing. But I've thought about the world of self-publishing a lot, and about how it relates to traditional publishing, for a long time. There are a few reasons why traditional publishing still has an edge over self-publishing, but there is one very simple thing self-publishing could do to turn the tide. ...more
Thank you, Melissa Ford!  I've been researching this same topic, so I'll be saving this piece. :-)more

Thank the Friends You've Met Online for #InternetFriendDay

Do you know why #InternetFriendDay is trending on Twitter?  Because today is the day that we give a huge verbal hug to the friends we've met online.  Those people that you met through your blog.  Or the ones that you started following on Twitter just because they were funny, but that connection bloomed into a friendship.  The people you waited all year to see at the annual BlogHer conference, and then stayed up all night talking to in your hotel room. Those people. ...more
Melissa Ford Likewise, my dear Real Life friend whom I stalked -- er found -- on the Internet. ...more

#IfMyPhoneGotHacked and Jennifer Lawrence: Let's Admit We Care about Privacy

Despite Biz Stone's optimism about the good things Twitter can accomplish in his new book Things a Little Bird Told Me, the reality of the site is that if you start a hashtag, you have a 50/50 chance of it being misused and abused, as is the case with #IfMyPhoneGotHacked.  Let me take that back... it's more like 20/80.  For a small number of people, that hashtag is a statement about their desire for privacy.  For many many others, it's a chance to share the dick pics they've been dying for someone to find on their phone, missing the point completely. ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your September 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
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4 Easy Things You Can Do Today for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer kills more women than any other reproductive cancer, but you probably didn't know that since it doesn't have an Internet meme attached to its fundraising efforts like the ice bucket challenge nor does it have a tween-boy-inspired bumper sticker campaign like "save the tatas" for breast cancer.  But we need to pay more attention to ovarian cancer: according to the Presidental Proclamation on ovarian cancer, 22,000 women will be diagnosed with it this year, and 14,000 will die from the disease. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and there are plenty of proactive things you can do. ...more
Having lost a good friend to ovarian cancer, I know the importance of the information in this ...more

NaBloPoMo September 2014 Blogroll

The theme for September is HEALING. ...more
Has the linkup for sharing been posted yet? Just checking, as I haven't been able to find it! ...more

NaBloPoMo September 2014 Badges

The official badge for September. ...more
so adorable!! I will be grabbing one for my blog and participating this month =) ...more

NaBloPoMo September 2014 Prompts

The theme for September's NaBloPoMo is HEALING. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in September—or even if you're not!—here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free writing!) ...more