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My Non-Escape From DC…How I Had a Unique (and Fun!) Vacation Without Leaving Home

20 minutes: How long it takes to drive from my house to the border of Washington, DC...7: Number of days I spent on my staycation.

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Frankie Says Relax…But I Can’t!? Even on Vacation! #writerproblems

Two weeks. That's my vacation time every summer. Two glorious weeks free of work and calls and stress...Just kidding. That never happens...

Monday Blog: Art Set Free in a Prison

A prison is not a place I would think I'd find great art.

Dragon Tales and Carnival Fails

It's the season of the carnival. And this weekend I had one goal and one goal only: brave creaky carnival rides. Seems simple. It wasn't.

Friday Five: 5 Reasons to Go To an Author Event (Even If You’re Not That Into Books)

Bookstore author events might be the best activity you're not doing. For a fun Friday five, here are 5 reasons you should go to more author events.

Stolen Books and Readers in Need: The Story Behind Local NOVA Book Drive and Author Panel

Friend and fellow writer, of the byLisaTully blog, shared the story behind the author panel she'll be moderating this weekend for me and another fellow author in the Northern Virginia (NOVA)/Washington, DC area. This isn't just another promotion for our books. This author panel was the result of a strange occurrence involving stolen books.

Monday Blog: Brightening Monday Blues Through Poetry and Pictures

Like that orange cat Garfield, most people with traditional "9 to 5" jobs don't love Mondays. So to brighten up my Monday, and hopefully someone else's...

Food for Thought: Where to find Bookish Restaurants

I love to sit alone at a restaurant or a cafe and read a book. I just love a good lit lunch. And one in a place with a bookish-theme is even better. You can find these kinds of places anywhere. Here's where I found a few and some suggestions for very bookish eateries around the globe.

Audio Book Experiment on Road Trip: Last Day Traveling with The Travelers (Spring Break Edition)

When you spend 10+ hours in the car keeping up the conversation can be difficult. So, we decided (or I decided) we'd try something new: an audio book. It didn't go as I'd anticipated...

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