Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Monthly Archives: May, 2012

#Hashtag what?

Last month, I posted about having read a book on social media marketing for writers called Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer by Kristen Lamb. In it, she talks about using blogs, Twitter and Facebook as a means of marketing yourself and branding yourself as a writer. This book gave me the final push …

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Nurturing Creativity

     I had the pleasure of stumbling across this video on anther blog (thank you, amyjane smith).  In it, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, speaks about creativity. Have you ever noticed that sometimes things land in your life, just when you need them? 🙂      Check this video out on  (Apologies …

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Clinging to the Watershed

For the last few months, I have been making forward progress toward getting my manuscript ready for submission.  Every day I have taken a step, even if it is a small one, toward my end goal of becoming published.  This forward motion came to a grinding halt two weeks ago and I have been unable …

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Breaking up is hard to do

How many of you have ever made a resolution to change something in your life?  Did you vow to lose weight, get in shape, change careers, save money, have a child, get a puppy, take up painting?  Did you start toward this goal full of enthusiasm and then come to a screeching halt and stall …

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Fairy Tale Syndrome

I loved fairy tales as a child.  They opened up a world of possibility where there was magic around every corner. There were spells that needed breaking, magic in the unseen.  Any path could lead to a magical world, and any tree could be hiding an elf or a fairy.  Dragons were real, and you should always …

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Shut up already!

I am definitely not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl.  Maybe I used to be, back in high school or college when I would willingly sign on for a road trip with no planning – just the forethought to grab a box of HoHos and some money for gas.  But now, not so much. I am more …

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Gaining Momentum

Momentum is a funny thing.  Sometimes it feels like you are running wildly down a hill and your feet want to go faster than your mind.  Other times, your mind seems to be racing ahead of your body, filled with ideas and to do lists and not nearly enough hours in the day. Merriam-Webster defines momentum …

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Ebooks rockin’ the house(s)

A few days ago, I read Kristen Lamb’s blog post Big Six Publishing is Dead–Welcome the Massive Three.  In it, she discusses the changing face of book publishing.  It seems the Big Six publishers in New York are slow in following technological trends and are more than likely going to lose out to the companies …

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