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Book Signing at Hallmark

It was great fun to meet readers on 11/4/17 at our local Hallmark store. Everyone I met was generous with their nice comments about The Big Squeeze but just as giving with their stories about kindness and challenging times. As so many writers know, the process can sometimes be a lonely one and it’s  Read More 
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Loglines - Teasing Audience Interest

A logline is a short summary of a book, film or television show. The goal is to convey enough information so the reader or viewer knows whether to commit time to your project. Some refer to the logline as an emotional lure or teaser of coming attractions. According to the Save the Cat!® website,  Read More 
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Action, Beats and Storytelling Clarity

It took me about two seconds to accept the invitation to enroll in a new online screenwriting course based on Blake Snyder‘s Save the Cat!® methodology and blog about my experience. I had attended the first day of an in-person workshop in New York City last year and learned a lot about beats,  Read More 
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Q&A With Susan Mangiero – Author Of Book About Kindness

Susan Mangiero has written about ethics, trust and relationship building for over twenty-five years for a variety of national and international publications. She is the author of The Big Squeeze: Hugs & Inspirations For Every Grown-Up Who Loves Teddy Bears (Happy Day Press, 2017). Like countless business professionals around the world, Susan understands the power of  Read More 
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Thank You for Blog of the Week Recognition

I was recently informed by Fiduciary News editor Chris Carosa that my blog post entitled "Effective Retirement Plan Communications" (January 8, 2017) was selected "Blog of the Week" for the second week of January. Thank you to Chris and his loyal readers. I really appreciate the recognition. It's always terrific to get feedback about what topics  Read More 
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Using Photos to Attract Blog Readers

In a recently reposted essay, Joel Friedlander of book design fame extols the virtues of utilizing snappy photographs to grab readers’ interest. I heartily concur.

In my eleven years of blogging at Pension Risk Matters®, followed by Good Risk Governance Pays® and now I Paint With Words®, I have included an image in nearly  Read More 
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Fun Can Be Good For Business

Articles about productivity and enjoyment is as valid today as ever before. Forbes contributor Liz Ryan points out that good leaders eschew leading by fear and instead encourage their teams to strengthen their creativity muscles. Check out “Employee Fun Factor and the  Read More 
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Nudges to Write on Schedule

As I explain in Goal Setting With the Help of An Accountability Buddy," there are real advantages of having someone regularly push you to stay on track. I’ve never worked with a creative partner this way so I welcomed the idea when a friend asked me if we could goal-set together. Having  Read More 
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Value of Happy Endings in Film

If you have yet to see La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, consider a trip to the cinema for an entertaining tale of two young people with Hollywood dreams. Set to music, the film is visually appealing and a nice throwback to the Fred Astaire – Ginger Rogers type productions of yore.  Read More 
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Dogs and Cats in Books and Film - Oh My

During the last year, my research about the science of happiness and gratitude, along with my related analysis of what publishers are buying, suggests that stories about dogs and cats continue to be big business in the literary world. They are pop culture and movie favorites too. Although my debut inspirational gift book, soon  Read More 
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