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Archive for June, 2014

Interview with ‘Broke’ author Caryn Rivadeneira

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Interview with “Broke’ author Caryn Rivadeneira Years ago, while visiting a Sunday school class at a new church, the teacher challenged us to take out our wallets and pass them to the person to our left. “Now, just wait,” he said while most of us squirmed in our seats. Anxiety grew as I watched the man next to me hold my wallet even though there probably was only a ten in there. Money: how much we have, how we get it, save it, spend it,…

That one time I turned the wrong way, drove 20 miles, and missed my daughter’s band concert

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That one time I turned the wrong way, drove 20 miles, and missed my daughter’s band concert I was encouraged to share a ‘bad mom’ moment. Here’s a doozie: Zoya, my second daughter, participated in her school band in the fifth grade. She chose to play the trumpet which thrilled me, having been a trumpeter myself in my youth. I located my instrument from high school and cleaned it up for her use. The class started. She learned how to read music. Before long we heard…

Writing a book, one author’s process

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Writing a book, one author’s process I’ve been tagged by my friend Isaac James Baker, author of brilliant new novel Broken Bones about a twenty-something man’s month long stay in a psych ward for an eating disorder (go buy it now… I’ll wait), to participate in a #MyWritingProcess blog hop. Writers are asked four questions about their process and then they tag a couple of their friends. It’s a writing process revolution! Writing a book. Maybe everyone will do it? This challenge couldn’t have come at a better…