THE LENS OF GRATITUDE

WE all wonder how authors find their material, their voice, and the insight to turn meaningful concepts and words into books. So it’s a real pleasure to have Heidi Barr as my Studio Guest in SunnyRoomStudio this week. Heidi’s guest post tackles author inspiration and sustaining a career of words when it’s also completely normal to […]

DISCONNECT FROM CHAOS

YES, the world seems a vast sea of uncertainty and chaos. We clench our teeth and hold our breath. We mutter about “how bad things are” and we worry about tomorrow. We wonder if it has always been “like this” or if the world is tilted in a vastly new direction of unseen consequences. And, […]

READING MARY KARR

Luckily, Mary Karr’s book, The Art of Memoir, didn’t hit the shelves until late September. If I had read it BEFORE I wrote my memoir (forthcoming), I’m not sure I would have had the fortitude to continue. (Well … maybe.) But due to timing, I read Karr’s new book while thinking about the book I’d […]

SPIRITUAL MEMOIR

“All the world’s a stage … .” Deciding how to classify a book once it’s written is a difficult task for many authors. A multitude of categories exist, but which ones are best for a book? These categories usually appear on the back cover. But to complicate things … book vendors utilize different categories, i.e., […]

LET THE WORLD GO BY

ONE thing I learned during the years of intense grief (will reveal the title and book cover for my memoir soon) … was to “let the world go by.” What does that mean? For me, it meant not trying to keep up with the expectations that swirled around me, explicitly, or implicitly. It meant sinking […]