Sneak Peak and Prizes (Sweet!)

Sneak Peak and Prizes (Sweet!)

Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been acting a little strangely.

In between book proposal writing, parenting, private coaching, and getting ready to move back to the States, I’ve been working on a secret project. And now, after months of interviews, field tests, and rewrites, I’m finally ready to tell you about it.

Even better?

I’m going to give away two free prizes, worth over $300, to two lucky commenters. Read on to see what it’s all about… (more…)

Forget Resolutions–Let’s Party!

Forget Resolutions–Let’s Party!

Do you really need another missive about new year’s resolutions?  Do you really think another 10-point bullet list is going to overcome years of comfortable habits?

Of course not.  Neither do I.

I never understood why we cram all our celebrations into the end of the year, when frankly I’m usually a wee bit exhausted, and then turn deadly serious at the start of the new year.  Can we lighten up a little?

Let’s celebrate, you and I.  I have the perfect excuse, if you haven’t noticed.  I promise, those resolutions will wait.

The Future Looks Bright

Friends, if it hasn’t been obvious, I’ve been struggling.

You may recall my first post on career design: why three jobs are better than one.  I meant every word I said when I wrote that post. But I have a problem: one of these jobs makes me much happier than the others.

It’s blogging.  I can hardly fall asleep at night because I’m so excited about the opportunities that are opening up for me right now.  I have lists on multiple scraps of paper of topics I want to write about.  My temp link folder in my favorites got so long, I had to create another folder.  And then I get such lovely fan mail, it kick-starts the insomnia cycle all over again. (more…)

Reader Survey: The Results Are In

Garrison Keillor laments in his own humorous way the rise of the self-annointed writer who blogs and publishes e-books.  As he says “18 million authors in America, each with an average of 14 readers, eight of whom are blood relatives.”  But the New Era writer also enjoys considerably more engagement with his or her readers, rather than relying on the filter of a presumably unbiased editor (who, more than ever, has to consider the bottom line).

Which is why I’m so happy to report the success of the Everyday Bright reader survey.  Nineteen people completed the survey (already 5 ahead of Keillor’s estimate).   I also got feedback in a variety of other forms: emails, phone calls, as well as the comments section of the Anniversary post.  I plan to keep the survey open indefinitely.  Good feedback never gets old.  But I thought I’d share some of what I received, and detail what I intend to do about it.  (more…)

Big News: Subscribe Sunday

I know, I know.  It’s Saturday.  But this is so big, I wanted you to know a day early.  I invented something.

I distinctly remember thinking to myself in kindergarten, “I’ll never be an inventor! Someone already discovered lipstick!”  (The irony that I don’t wear make-up now, and certainly didn’t then, isn’t lost on me.) (more…)

Time Is Running Out

At midnight on April 30, the free poetry giveaway contest closes.  Have you entered the contest by leaving a comment here with your blog or email address yet?  Don’t delay–because the contest just got better.

Maybe because it’s Spring, or maybe because I honestly love sharing poetry, the point is: I’ve decided to sweeten the deal(more…)