The Marie Kondo of the insect world
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The Marie Kondo of the insect world

In the desert, termite colonies thrive. It never gets cold enough to kill them, and sometimes there may be as many as twenty colonies in a yard–or under a house! After a recent rain, I found these two Lilliputian skyscrapers in a stream bed. Although the water had dried out on the surface, underneath, there…

Circling back to the beginning: a Free Kindle mystery!
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Circling back to the beginning: a Free Kindle mystery!

About four years ago I decided to write a mystery series based on young rookie sheriff’s deputy who lived in the Verde Valley of Arizona. The Verde is a unique place, an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert, with one major river and five tributary creeks. It is on the flight path between…

Best 8 Books to nurture creative people in mind, body, and spirit
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Best 8 Books to nurture creative people in mind, body, and spirit

As a writer, I use the month of January to reorient my life after the craziness of the holidays. That’s when I plan what I want to do during the coming year and renew my resolution to be as nurturing to myself as I can be. I visit these eight authors to find new inspiration…

7 Ways Instagram helps authors find readers
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7 Ways Instagram helps authors find readers

I’m an author who writes mysteries about a rookie deputy named Pegasus Quincy living in Arizona. So what does my cat Leaf smart-mouthing on a kitchen counter have to do with using Instagram in my writing career? Stay tuned! I view marketing, whether we are Indie or Trad authors, as a sum-zero game. We’ve got…

Increase Productivity Through Immediate Rewards
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Increase Productivity Through Immediate Rewards

  Have you ever listened to the dialogue you have everyday with yourself? For example we’re all familiar with the Critic: You idiot! Why did you think that would ever work? They’re all laughing at you. The “you” in this case often doesn’t talk back, but simply cowers in a virtual corner, taking in, and worse, accepting the…