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Wherein I talk openly about the creative mind...

Hi all -

In light of the news about Robin Williams on Monday, I wanted to write a post that has been years in the making really. And a rare one that I decided to post on both of my sites...

Robin Williams' death angered me in many ways, something that made me take pause. I wasn't angry because of the tragedy of it all, but because another creative genius felt there was no way out. And more, I was angry because while his death started a much needed conversation about mental health issues and the stigma attached to those battling with a mental illness, it did not start even a ripple of the conversation I wish it had. Robin Williams was not ONLY and individual who had battled both depression and addiction, he was a genius. His very being meant he was intense.

So much of the conversations in these last days has attributed the creative genius to the mental illness, as though they always go together. But they don't. The intensity DOES. And as a society, we don't accept that …

Help Collide WIN!!!

Help make Collide the Best YA book of 2014 with the Best Cover!
Thank you all for making the release of Collide so fantastic. I appreciate the thoughtful reviews, emails of love and your readership. 

I am happy to announce that COLLIDE is up for the first annual Howey award in the categories of Best Cover and Best YA book of 2014. These awards are determined by popular vote, which is where you come in.

From now until Aug 15 you can vote on your choices in a variety of categories, including best YA book of 2014 and best cover. I'd of course appreciate any and all votes for Collide, but just voting for your favorites is epic too. 

So, follow the links below and show a little Indie Love!

BEST YA INDIE BOOK of 2014

BEST INDIE COVER

I can't win without your votes so please....vote for Collide!


Bye Bye Summer

I can't believe summer is over! That's right, tomorrow I am back at work. Friday, the Hubby goes back, next week the teen starts high school and in a couple of weeks the new-adult starts college. Holy smokes that was fast!

Summer was amazing this year, filled with lazy days of swimming, hiking, and summering. It was also crazy productive with two books completed and edited, two more outlined, a book release, SDCC and parties.

In short, I lived life to the fullest! And that's the take away, isn't it - we should all live life to the fullest, whether it is during the work year, during vacation, or all of the time in between.

So, that's my goal as I start a new year - to live each day fully and completely. To manage my stress BETTER, take better care of my health through my meditation, exercise and healthy living, and to LIVE DELIBERATELY.

What's your take away from summer?