My Introverted Heart Is Aglow

Carrie Rubin

December 14th. You must be joking.

How, after telling myself Christmas would never sneak up on me again, has it done exactly that?

Youngest teen son, card magician extraordinaire, gave me permission to use this photo online. Perhaps he'll regret it. Youngest teen son, card magician extraordinaire, gave me permission to use this photo. Perhaps he’ll regret it.

But my loss is your gain, because today’s post is simple. I’m too covered in wrapping paper and flour to wax poetic.

But I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve already received some gifts. Unexpected gifts that come in the form of kindness and generosity from others. So before I get back to flinging flour and packing brown sugar, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to:

  1. A**holes Watching Movies for mentioning my book on their fabulous film-review blog AND for giving away two copies of Eating Bull. In fact, the contest is open for two more days, so if you’d like a chance to win…

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5 Reasons The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts Should Make Your Summer Reading List

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KC Tansley gives us 5 reasons why you need to read The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts this summer!

1) It’s the best way to get your time travel fix since Outlander is on hiatus for a while.

Who doesn’t love Outlander? Sure you can watch the reruns, but is that going to be enough to survive the rest of the summer and fall and possibly winter? Why not start a new time travel adventure?

The way the characters time travel in The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is worth a read. What they do in the past will make it impossible to put this book down. It’s fascinating to watch how it all unfolds and to see how the past and the present weave together.

2) Double Murder = Double the Intrigue

Imagine a double murder on a wedding night in 1886. The bride’s room is bathed in blood and the…

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Should Authors Write Book Reviews?

Yes, authors should review books, if they have the time!
What a thought provoking question, Carrie.

Carrie Rubin

A recent blog post has my mind churning.

Kristen Lamb, an author, social media sage, and guru for writers, penned a wonderful article titled “Three NEVERS of Social Media for Writers.”

One of the things she recommends is never writing a bad book review. In fact, she suggests writers should not publish book reviews on their blogs at all: “Our BRAND is AUTHOR, not ‘book reviewer.’ My opinion is we can’t do both.”

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In terms of publishing book reviews on my blog, I tend to agree. Only on rare occasions have I posted a review. But up until now, my hesitancy stemmed mostly from not wanting to change the tone of my blog. Given the number of books I read, I would soon be posting nothing else.

But now I’m wondering about the wisdom of reviewing books at all, either on my blog or on Amazon…

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The Melding of the Minds, Part 2 – My Story

Good morning, everyone! Today is a good day. Sometimes I have trouble thinking positively, even in the morning, but today feels pretty good so far.

Today, I’m going to finish my little duet on writing one’s gender opposite. My previous post, The Melding of the Minds, Part 1, discussed famous men and women who have written their gender opposite to great popularity. I also shared some insightful, interesting posts from other writers on this topic.

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I would like to thank everyone who replied and has been following and commenting. I have blogged before, but never about writing, so this whole experience is new to me. Sometimes I feel like I am stumbling along in the dark on a cobbled road, with witnesses! So excuse me if I occasionally let out a yelp as I stub my toe. One thing I’m really loving about writing this blog is…

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Ferguson: Civil Unrest & Change

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Harlem Inner City Blues: Random Thoughts

CNN televised the fiery passionate expression of a people in great despair. Poor people, angry, disenfranchised citizens of Missouri, Ferguson living and witnessing the American experiment. It was a day of shame that imbrue the fabric of our national conscious.  This greasy spot will be forever burned on the entire nations memory.  Malcolm X, my spiritual father came to mind; the man who gave me my manhood from the grave. My asthma then began to flare up while viewing this, mixed emotions surfaced as my chest had gotten tight.  In the struggling final words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe”.

Ferguson civil unrest & change

Ferguson: Civil Unrest & Change

America has a very serious problem. Not only does America have a very serious problem but our people have a very serious problem. America’s problem is “Us”. It appears she doesn’t want us here.

However, some of our people act as if they don’t want…

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The First Writer Unboxed Un-Conference: Unbelievably Valuable

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I returned Friday night from the first-ever writer’s conference sponsored by the popular blog, Writer Unboxed, and my head is exploding. Thousands of writing blogs exist, but Writer Unboxed has always felt different and special to me. WU is a warm, welcoming community. It feels like family. And meeting all of the members of this community in person for the first time re-enforced that feeling.

There were so many take-aways from this conference that I don’t know where to begin. After each workshop, I found myself wanting to rush to my laptop and revise my work in progress, right then and there.

Unlike many writer’s conferences, the Writer Unboxed Un-Conference focused its workshops solely on the craft of writing, as opposed to marketing, agent meetings, and the publishing industry. The quality of the writing is what we as writers can control. There were also numerous opportunities to engage with other…

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