Win a Copy of THE OBVIOUS GAME on Goodreads

Here I've spent the first half of 2014 thinking I could no longer run giveaways for THE OBVIOUS GAME on Goodreads because it was published in 2013. (The dropdown in the author tools area only give you options for the year prior to your pub date and the year of your pub date.) I was sad, because Goodreads giveaways are such a win/win. They are inexpensive for an author to run (you only pay for the books and shipping) and they provide exposure as each sign-up adds the book to the signee's to-read shelf, thus giving the author and the book exposure she wouldn't otherwise have had ....more

I'm Teaching a Workshop on Writing

Recently The Writers Place in Kansas City asked me to teach a workshop. And I said yes! Here are the details: PITCHING, QUERYING AND SUBMITTING: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT SENDING IN YOUR WRITING Saturday, 10/25, 2 – 4 PM...more

The Foreign Key

I have only an extremely marginal understanding of relational databases. I remember being introduced to the concept of a foreign key, which basically controls all the values that reference it. I understand foreign keys like this: If humans are the most intelligent species on the planet, then X, Y, Z ....more

5 Products to Ease Your Back & Neck Pain

Did you know back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work? I know there are few things that will get me away from my laptop faster than a back pain flare-up. If you or someone you care about struggles with back pain, here is the guide for you. All of these products have been road-tested by me or someone to whom I sent them. ...more

The Run

I start out slow, every time. My feet tend to cross over. I have the uneven soles to prove it ....more

GoDaddy & Mad Mimi: Why Email Marketing Is Important for Bloggers

Some of you got to meet the folks from GoDaddy at the Expo of BlogHer '14. Today the company announces its acquisition of email marketing start-up Mad Mimi, which was founded by a jazz musiciain who wanted to reach his peeps. We talked to Steven Aldrich of GoDaddy and Gary Levitt of Mad Mimi to find out why email marketing should matter to bloggers....more

Let the Pain Flow Through You

"I'm glad I had lunch with you guys today," I said. "I'm having trouble with my anxiety because of what's happening in Ferguson." That we were well into our lunch was not lost on me. It's all I can think of when I see other people: that I want to talk about it, that it's like the sixties out there, that it's still happening and so many white people still think the protests are unfounded at worst or an overreaction at best ....more

Amplify

I had some hard conversations at BlogHer '14 with white women who thought the women of color at Voices of the Year were exaggerating their feelings of otherness. It's true, world: White people still think people of color are making this stuff up. The events of this week in Ferguson, Missouri, once again magnify the truth: My friends of color are not exaggerating ....more

That Facebook Conversation

Last night I made my best friend meet me twenty miles closer to my house than she originally intended because on Saturday, I broke my ass. Okay, I don't know if I broke it, because I can't get in to my doctor until Thursday, but I fell backwards on tile and bounced, so let's just say it together: OW OW OW OW OW. Also, I really hate driving right now ....more

College Students Need All The Handy Stuff in This Gift Guide

College! It's time to go to college! Get ready to spend all the money at Target! But after you've gone crazy stocking up on matching comforters, shower caddies and collapsible laundry hampers, think about surprising your favorite student (or yourself) with some of these more original supplies....more