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AUGUST SHORT STORY CONTEST WINNERS!

By CATHERINE

We're thrilled to announce the winners for our two August short story contests: 

Leah Sackett's "Sticker Shock" was our winner for the contest that required the story begin with "On the first day in August..." 

Leslie Muzingo's "The Fastest Rockslinger in the West" won the August Spaghetti-Western themed short story. Leslie also won the June Magical Realism-Romance contest with her enchanting story, "Emerald Eyes" as well as the April Romance contest with "The Woman Who Loved A Spy." We're thrilled Leslie continues to enter our contests! Thank you, Leslie!

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Catherine Greenspan
LEARN FROM LESLIE: YOU JUST MIGHT WIN MORE THAN ONCE!

By CATHERINE

I'm thrilled for Leslie Muzingo! She's a talented writer who submits her work and wins our contests -- three to be exact, so far! Check out her stories here:

  • "The Woman Who Loved A Spy"
  • "Emerald Eyes"
  • "The Fastest Rockslinger in the West"

I hope we can all take a cue from Leslie: get your work out in the world and get it out there often! Improve your chances of winning once, twice, or three times! 

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Catherine Greenspan
"CAN WE STOP? I THINK I'M GOING TO THROW UP."

By CATHERINE

Newton's First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.

What's the outside force that got me out of bed? Must've been me. What's the outside force that will keep me doing this? Gonna have to be me.

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WellnessCatherine Greenspan
SNAPSHOT FROM A GHOSTWRITER'S LIFE

By ELIZABETH


Sometimes in the midst of interviews, I float up and observe where I am and what I’m doing.  That happened today, when I realized two beautiful fuschia orchids were staring back at me right over the computer screen that I had been staring into while typing for two hours.

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Catherine Greenspan
“ROMANCE A LA CARTE” IS A DELICIOUS ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

By SASHA MAXWELL

Guest Blogger

Let’s admit, it’s a rare life occurrence – a miracle, actually – to find EVERYTHING you desire all wrapped up in one person. 

So think of Romance à la Carte as being in the restaurant of life, where the menu fails to offer one entrée containing the exact appetizer, soup, meat/fish, starch, vegetable, salad, dessert, and beverage that you’re craving. 

What do you do?  You order your favorite items separately.  Got it?

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SASHA MAXWELL: GUEST BLOGGER OFFERS A PROVOCATIVE LOOK AT LUST, LIFE AND LOVE

By ELIZABETH

Ladies, have you ever wished you could smash the oppressive rules that society sets for us, so you can live and love with bodacious boldness?

Do you wish you had the guts to speak your mind about how you really feel – then take action to get what you want?

Today Catherine and I want you to meet someone who can help open your mind and heart to new ways of thinking, living, and loving so you are free to be your most glorious, fulfilled, successful version of YOU.   

Her name is Sasha Maxwell.

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Celebrating Two More Short Story Contest Winners!

By CATHERINE

We're thrilled to announce two more winners:

Leslie Muzingo won the June Magical Realism-Romance contest with her enchanting story, "Emerald Eyes." This is the second contest Leslie has won. We're so thrilled she continues to enter our contests! Keep it up, Leslie!

Sarah Gilligan won the July Tales from the Beach contest with her cleverly nuanced story, "Better Off." 

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Catherine Greenspan
OSCAR DREAMS COME TO LIFE WITH PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF VISUALIZATION!

by ELIZABETH

I always dreamed about being on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  I would visualize the experience in great detail, imagining the feeling of sitting in the big yellow chairs on her set, and pressing my fingers to the cool leather.

In June of 2002, I was sitting on the set of Harpo Studios in Chicago, pressing my trembling palms to the cool yellow leather of Oprah’s armchairs.

Because I was living my visualization as a guest on her show!

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SOLAR ECLIPSE TRIGGERS SEISMIC SHIFT FOR SPIRITUALITY, CREATIVITY, AND PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

By ELIZABETH

ECLIPSE: a loss of significance, power, or prominence in relation to another person or thing.

Today, anything that has held me back in the past is undergoing a radical loss of significance, power, or prominence in relation to the beautiful, badass butterfly who is bursting out of the chrysalis whose confining darkness prepares it to soar to immeasurable heights.

I have been evaluating my strengths and weaknesses, and writing out a new version of how I’d rather be.  I am using the PowerJournal techniques that I devised and will soon begin teaching with Catherine.  I have been looking in the proverbial mirror to critique what’s working and what’s not in the way I spend the precious moments of this lifetime.  And the revelations reflecting back at me, in addition to deep meditation, are helping me strategize my infinite potential on every level.

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MAGIC MOMENTS MAKE LIFE SPARKLE

“…the sun sparkled on the light chop of waves as if God had sprinkled a million diamonds over Lake St. Clair.”

—   Husbands, Incorporated by Elizabeth Ann Atkins

By ELIZABETH 

This morning, that image reflected back at me when I stopped during a bike ride to meditate and pray beside the lake.

For long, amazing moments, I marveled at the sun sparkling on the water, which danced to the tune of a gentle breeze and caressed the jagged rocks.  My gaze followed the trail of sparkles all the way to the edge of the world, where the sun was making a silvery puddle on the horizon.

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WEIGHT WATCHERS LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AT YOUR SERVICE!

By CATHERINE

I am 4.4 pounds overweight. Winter's comfort and stress eating and a general inconsistency in movement caused a bunch of extra pounds to grab onto my body.

Some still haven't let go -- even though it's July! 

Just the other day I was thinking what a great spokesperson and role model Oprah Winfrey is for Weight Watchers. Despite being more personally and professionally successful than some small nations, at her core, she's just one of us, reminding us that we are all connected by our struggles and successes.

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INTERRACIAL YOUNG ADULT BOOKS COMING SOON!

By CATHERINE

Veronica, I Heard Your Mom's Black

Now that people are making a big deal about her black mother and white father, Veronica’s world is changed forever. But how does she find herself in everybody else’s confusion? In all the chaos?

Veronica’s hair is wild, and no one will shut up about it. Her mother wants to know if her friends “know.” She’s always been mixed, but now suddenly she’s questioning herself.

Her so-called friends are talking about her behind her back—and other people are saying obnoxious things to her face. How will she figure out where she fits in?

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REV UP YOUR WRITING BY RIDING!

By ELIZABETH

Sometimes I stand at my kitchen’s breakfast bar and write on my laptop.  Most of the time, however, I’m sitting.  In a chair.  On the couch.  On a chaise lounge.  But sitting is the new smoking, as they say.

It’s unhealthy.

Not to mention, fattening.

It’s not the fast track to keeping your booty toned and shapely.

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Catherine Greenspan
BEST SELF JOURNAL #1

By CATHERINE

I burned most of my journals years ago. They mainly chronicled stream of consciousness complaints made semi-permanent as I tried to make sense of feelings and emotions. The stuff I wrote about was mostly negative––because why interrupt happy, joyful occasions to write how great life is? Generally, when life is good, I'm in the present moment enjoying it! 

About 10 years ago I made a concerted attempt to write in my journal when I was happy, but that just meant journaling less.  

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DANCING TO THE TUNE OF SUMMER SUNSHINE BLISS

By ELIZABETH

A baby bunny... a male and female cardinal... a big white cat... a chipmunk... a blue jay.  

All these friendly critters fluttered and scampered around me while doing yoga in the warm summer sunshine.

Mother Nature provided the soundtrack of chirping birds, and the soft breeze rustling in the treetops, along with my favorite Bill Withers song, Steppin' Right Along.  It’s the most soul-stirring rendition of The Lord’s Prayer — and it made me twirl in a joyful dance all by my damn self.

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