Survey…what are your reader quirks?


I’m an oddball reader for sure. I’ve got plenty of reading habits that would probably make absolutely no sense to anyone else. People contact me all the time and share their various unique habits related to reading. So let’s share, shall we? Giving away a Starbuck’s card and signed book this month. 


1. Do you ever read the ending of the book first? I do occasionally, mostly when I’m worried that the beloved family dog/horse/cat/etc. is going to die. Characters, I can stand losing. Pets….ack! I know  a woman who always reads the end first so she can then relax and enjoy the journey of how the author got to the solution! Love it!

2. Do you ever write in your books? I don’t. Pretty much ever. I just can’t make myself do that, though I stick Post-its and dog ear pages like crazy. Odd, huh?

3.  Do you have a little reading recipe for yourself? By this, I mean do you have a particular diet of books? For me, I have to be reading some nonfiction (usually research), probably a magazine (Reader’s Digest or the Food Network Magazine) and a fiction novel. I feel best when I have those three things going, rather than feeding myself only one type book at a time. Is that odd?

I’m looking forward to hearing about your reading quirks!


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Test your St. Patty’s Day smarts with a fun quiz!




They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe there’s some truth to that because St. Patrick himself wasn’t born in Ireland! In honor of the big day tomorrow, take this fun five question quiz to test your St. Paddy’s Day smarts! May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

Share your results and you’re entered to win the March blog prize!

The writer’s schedule….freedom or fetters?



I’ve got calendars, big ones for the big writing deadlines and little ones for the daily minutia of blogs, marketing details, and speaking events. On the schedule for today? Add a thousand words for each of two writing projects. Final proof and send a proposal to my editor. Write this blog and contact a photographer about the use of a darling doggie photo I saw online. It’s a daunting schedule and if I let myself think about it too much, I could get a little overwhelmed. Without the schedule though, I would happily plod along on one project and leave all the marketing biz for another day. I might feel more relaxed without the detailed schedule, but I sure would be less effective as a writer and that would create more stress in the long run.

So what does your schedule look like? Do you keep an organized plan for your days or do you find that uncomfortable? Giving away a Starbuck’s card and a signed book this month! 


And our February blog winner is….



Ummm, February sort of got away from me, blog friends. My apologies for this late post about the February prize winner. Anyhoo….the winner for February is….Rhonda Caldwell! Congratulations, Wanda, and thank you to all who posted comments to the blog!

A Dr. Seuss Quiz you’ll like, with a fish and a bike!



Let’s give it a go, it’s a good time, you know, for a fun kinda quiz, about Dr. Seuss biz! Tell us how you scored, I’m sure we’ll be floored!

Five Fascinating Facts about Dr Seuss

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More fascinating facts about America’s most beloved author. And yes, I find it inspiring how many times his first book was rejected!!!

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

Five fun facts about Dr Seuss – or Theodor Seuss Geisel, to give him his full name

1. His first book was rejected by over 20 publishers. Dr Seuss got the idea for his first work, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, from listening to the rhythmic sound of a ship’s engine. The book was reportedly rejected by anything between 20 an 43 publishers (the author’s own account of the number varied) before it was accepted for publication by Vanguard Press in 1937. His books have gone on to sell over half a billion copies worldwide, making him one of the biggest-selling children’s authors in the world.

2. Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure his publisher was paying attention. The original draft of the book contains these lines: ‘When I read I am

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Book lovers…remember the Doctor? A missing treasure uncovered.



I’m not talking about Dr. Who. No, I’m referring to that amazing Doctor who wrote a book on a bet and created the most beloved stories of all time…Theodor Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss! Twenty years after his death there is BIG news because his wife discovered two complete  Seuss manuscripts while she was cleaning out his study. The first entitled “What Pet Should I Get?” will be released by Random House this July.  It features the same brother-sister duo that appeared in “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Now isn’t that exciting throwback news?

Did you grow up with Doctor Seuss? What was your favorite title?  


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