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  Six months ago I was spending the majority of my waking hours driving the freeways of Los Angeles. Actually, I did this for fourteen years while working on my last two day jobs that were both located in Century City. Monday through Friday at 4:50 a.m., I would awake to my ringing alarm and invariably I would turn over and hit the snooze button, not wanting to leave the comfort of my warm bed. I dreaded the inevitable two-hour drive west on the 10 freeway, not knowing what I might encounter on the way. Would I become the victim of road rage or some drunken driver? Thankfully, God spared me. Once I made it to the other side of town, I would spend eight hours each day, answering phones, setting up meetings, completing expense reports—honest, but mind-numbing work. The truth of the matter was is that while I roamed the halls of my corporate job, visions of writing my books full time and acting danced through my head. Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful to be employed, to have a job, but I had reached a point in my life that I wanted more than a job, I wan...
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  This year’s presidential race brings to mind Matthew 22:14: “For many are called, but few are chosen.”  According to Wikipedia, at the outset, there were twenty republican presidential candidates and fourteen democratic presidential candidates. That’s a total of thirty-four candidates. Add seventeen more, and you’d have fifty-one, a candidate for every state. The number is astounding and unprecedented. At present it’s dwindled down to six republican candidates and two democratic candidates. Many have fallen by the wayside due to a lack of support and or finances.  Remaining on the republican side are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Ben Carson. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are the remaining democrats. I’m far from being a political junkie, but his year’s race that includes a billionaire business man with a penchant for speaking his mind, a neurosurgeon, another Bush, another Clinton and an unabashed socialist, has gotten my attention. The last time I found myself this engaged was during the 2008 president...
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    I apologize for my absence, but I’ve been writing and editing for the past six months—consulting with my development editor and my beta readers. Finally, I’ve given birth to another literary baby. I’m so excited about this new work, and I can’t wait to introduce it to the world. However, depending on the outcome, it may be a while before I can do the latter. It’s my dream to land a traditional book deal for my baby and that’s more than a notion. It’s definitely a process.   At the present time, I’m seeking literary representation. In order to get the attention of the big publishing houses, I need an agent to advocate on my behalf. I need someone to fall in love with and believe in my baby. The search for an agent can be elusive at best and maddening at worst. Writing is so subjective, and one person’s literary masterpiece can be another person’s literary monstrosity. I’m hoping my work won’t fall in the latter category. So far I’ve sent out a handful of query letters, and I’m waiting to get responses. Agents sometimes respond with sile...
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  Jesus said if you have the faith of even a mustard seed, you’ll be able to move mountains. A mustard seed is approximately 1 millimeter in size. That’s miniscule. That begs the question, what is faith? According to Webster, it’s a strong BELIEF or trust in someone or something. I find the definition in the Bible to be more exact: Hebrews 11:1 says Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. So it’s BELIEVING something is going to happen, being certain of that something, before it actually happens. Sounds simple enough. Try putting it into practice, and you’ll find it’s more than a notion. Recently I’ve been grappling with my own belief or lack thereof, if you will. How much faith do I have? As you may or may not know, I recently finished my latest novel and am currently shopping it around to agents. In my humble opinion, this phase of the road to publication is beyond grueling and nerve-wracking, because once you make that submission; you have no CONTROL over the recipient. You have no idea how your precious story wil...
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Yesterday when I returned home from work, I told my husband that Robin Williams had taken his own life. My husband’s face dropped and he gaped at me, confused and dazed. He had the same reaction I had when my coworker shared the sad news with me. Robin Williams? Funny Robin Williams? Mork & Mindy Robin Williams? Wacky, crazy, zany, fun-loving Robin Williams? Oscar-winning Robin Williams? Why would someone as gifted and talented as Robin Williams take his own life—a life that for all intents and purposes appeared to be charmed? Yes, on the face of it, Robin Williams was a golden boy. That’s just it—on the face of it, but little did we know that behind the bright smile, there was an internal struggle that Robin eventually succumbed to. It’s hard when someone you know dies. I didn’t know Robin personally, but like countless others, I enjoyed his work. From Mork & Mindy to Mrs. Doubtfire, he never failed to make me roar. I recall seeing Robin at a food court at the Century City Mall in Los Angeles. I wanted to talk to him, to thank him for all the laught...
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