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Some books make better gifts than others

By Hazel Thornton | November 27, 2023 |

Books make terrific gifts, don’t they? Well, not all of them. Some books make better gifts than others. I think we all know to consider the recipient’s taste and whether or not they enjoy reading. Otherwise,  a book might quickly become clutter. But there are other considerations. Like what? Take mine, for example: Hung Jury:…

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An “Interview” with ChatGPT

By Hazel Thornton | April 30, 2023 |

Have you seen “ChatGPT” in the media as much as I have lately? (It stands for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, if you really want to know, like I did.) How about “AI” (Artificial Intelligence)? Surely you’ve been hearing about AI, but have you ventured down that intriguing — and bottomless — rabbit hole? Well, I…

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10 FREE Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors

By Hazel Thornton | February 7, 2022 |

I know a lot of authors! And I know even more readers! Naturally we’d all like you to buy our books. But even if you can’t — and we’re so grateful if you have! — there are lots of no-cost ways to support your favorite authors. (And, author friends, there are a few tips in…

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If you can’t find something, clean up!

By Hazel Thornton | September 27, 2021 |

I thought this phrase — If you can’t find something, clean up — was a well-known adage. But random people I’ve queried have never heard it. So, I Googled it. Turns out it’s one of Gretchen Rubin’s many Secrets of Adulthood, which she introduced in her bestselling book The Happiness Project. I guess it made…

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Letting Go of Perfectionism as a Writer

By Hazel Thornton | August 22, 2021 |

Writing a book is a prolonged exercise in perfectionism. One must strive for quality while resisting the urge to make it perfect. Why? Because perfection, which is highly subjective in this case, falls somewhere between unlikely and impossible to achieve. And perfectionism can lead to procrastination, writer’s block, stress, and the inability to finish one’s…

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Sometimes buying local means using Amazon

By Hazel Thornton | November 18, 2020 |

  I’m all for “buying local”. Really, I am. There’s nothing like supporting an individual or family that lives in, and gives back to, your own community! The world seems to have a love/hate relationship with Amazon these days. But sometimes — if you want to support a local seller, artisan, or author — you…

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Book cover: What's a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy

What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy

Cover of "Go With the Flow! (The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook)"

Go With the Flow! (The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook)

Cover of "Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror"

Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror

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