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10 April 2017

Great, please hold it for me. I’ll be right there.

She scribbled the address into her notebook, then typed it into her phone’s navigation system. The GPS announced she would arrive in nine minutes.

Amalia laughed as she pulled into the parking lot. It was certainly not ocean front. The motel sat adjacent to a gas station along a highway. Even in the dark, Amalia could tell the facade’s blue paint was peeling. It was a one-story collection of rooms in the shape of a C. Each room’s door faced the parking lot. A few lit windows dotted the half-circle.

Introducing Beth Taylor

Hello everyone!

I am thrilled to introduce you to my client, the prolific poet and writer, Beth Taylor. As her writing coach, I am working with Beth to get her work published. She has several completed manuscripts that we are shopping around to small presses. I am always amazed at her creativity and her joyous spirit. Beth regularly updates her blog:


with new poetry and short prose. Please check her out and comment on your favorite pieces.

Warmest January Wishes,



A Wavelengths Interview With Ashley Olafsen

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I am thrilled to share our latest interview with writer, public speaker, and creator of self confidence workshops, Ashley Olafsen. Ashley is the co-founder of MOVE, a company designed to promote self confidence and positive body image, through self confidence workshops. Ashley is an advocate for self-confidence, positive body image, and media representation. She is currently a freshman at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Over this past summer, I had the pleasure of editing a version of Ashley’s upcoming book, tentatively titled Survival of the Prettiest. I enjoyed working with Ashley, and always admire her passionate spirit and relentless drive. Her book is not only well-written and well-researched, its quality is amplified with a powerful message and a desire to truly make a difference in teenagers’ lives. I am so looking forward to reading the finished product when it hits the shelves.

To learn more about Ashley and to follow her online, visit:





Week 23: The Sweet Relief of Actually Writing

Wow. It’s been a tumultuous month full of changes, endings, new beginnings, and travel.

Even though I have had more free time in the last month than I usually do, I put off working on my book until today.

Have you ever given yourself a deadline, and then put it off, day after day?

I challenged myself to write 1,000 words, but I just kept moving the task from one day’s to-do list to the next.

The more I put it off, the more I dreaded it, but I couldn’t understand why. All I needed to do was go upstairs to my office, and write 1,000 words. I didn’t have to turn it in or show it to anyone, and I knew I could revise it after I was finished, but just the thought of facing the page felt painful.



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