Music Monday: “Cry Baby”

Me with Mary Bridget Davies
Your intrepid author, with Mary Bridget Davies

Hi, everyone. Last week, I saw an amazing show entitled “A Night with Janis Joplin.” The star, Mary Bridget Davies, received a Tony Award nomination in 2014 for her performance. I had an absolute blast at the show, and was fortunate enough to meet Mary Bridget afterward.


Enjoy her brilliant interpretation of “Cry Baby.”



Shame, Shame, Shame: On Brené Brown, Diamond Formation, and the Writing Life

Brené Brown’s work on shame is powerful indeed. Sonja Livingston talks about how we can use our shame as a jumping-off place for our work as authors.

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livingstonblueBy Sonja Livingston

I’ve recently fallen into a YouTube rabbit hole.

This is partly because I cancelled Netflix and am hard up for video content, but also because I have a book just out and no one tells you how tender that space is. The last three videos I watched were: Alain de Botton’s “On Love,” Patty Griffin and Robert Plant singing “Ohio,” and an extended clip of bestselling author and inspirational speaker, Brené Brown. I admire Brené Brown and trust her. She has the kind of haircut I’m always after and a Texas accent which she uses to say hot and wise things.

Youeitherwalkinsideyourstoryandownit, Brené says. Oryoustandoutsideyourstoryandhustleforyourworthiness.

Brown is famous for her talks on vulnerability and shame.

In fact, she’s a shame researcher, which makes her one of my…

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Don’t Let Your Confidence Issues Stop You From Writing – Novelty Revisions

A writer who isn’t confident can always grow. If there is something you don’t like about yourself — a habit or certain traits, for example — you can set a goal to work on improving upon those parts of you. For a writer, “not having confidence” is not a permanent fixture. Over time, you can work toward feeling more confident in the things you are writing, submitting, and publishing.

Been having a crisis of confidence myself. This was timely.

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Weekend Reads: “Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel”

Hi, everyone. I thought I’d share something seasonal and light this week. Fans of the delightful Hocus Pocus film are sure to like this book.

Hocus Pocus & The All New SequelHocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine that your dad is the local high school history teacher, and that you’re in his class. That’s where Poppy Dennison finds herself. She’s got a crush on her classmate, Isabella, who wants to ask Mr. Dennison all kinds of questions about something he’d rather forget.

That “something” is how he and his friends released the Sanderson sisters 25 years earlier, and visited all kinds of unexpected witchery on Salem, Mass.

Yep, he’s *that* Max Dennison … the virgin who lit the Black Flame Candle in Hocus Pocus.

The book starts out with the original story, so that readers have a re-cap, and then moves into the new tale. Of course, Poppy and her friends inadvertently release the Sanderson sisters again … and now there are even more problems, because Winnie, Mary, and Sarah are seriously irate about having spent 25 years in Hell … again.

Honestly, this is a cute tale that would be suitable for high school age kids and up. There are some moments that younger kids, depending on their age, would doubtless find too scary. The honest dealing with a teenager coming to grips with both being gay and having a crush on someone she’s sure doesn’t return her interest was refreshing.

This book was a fun, seasonal read. There are laughs, poignant moments, and scary stuff … but in the end this is a story about the importance of friendship and being kind to one another. I enjoyed it.

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“It Happened in Memphis” is now available for pre-order!

It Happened in Memphis

Hi, everyone. The latest entry in the Pocketful of Stories series, “It Happened in Memphis,” is now available for pre-order on Amazon US and Smashwords. Other outlets will follow suit. Click through and order today for October 31 delivery!

Here’s the back cover copy:

Evie Boudreaux has a knack for seeing history in action. Why? Because she sees ghosts. Come along on a visit to Tupelo and Memphis, and see the earliest days of rock music through Evie’s eyes! Buy “It Happened in Memphis,” Pocketful of Stories No. 7, today!