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Beautiful Writers Podcast “Best-Of” Part 4 Episode

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It's here—our 4th annual Beautiful Writers Podcast "Best-Of" episode! Just in time to save your creativity in the New Year from all that binge-watching and doomscrolling. It's been a year—2020 (hence why this Summer episode's dropping in Winter). I don't have to tell...

Pastry & Writing w/ Me in Oct. in Carmel. Then, a Virtual Retreat!

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“This is the best food I’ve ever eaten!” said all four of my Carmel Writing Retreat participants during our week together in Carmel-by-the-Sea last month. Food’s no joke when you’re bringing worlds to life. It’s a comfort thing. But also a brain thing. Glucose powers...

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Focus. Focus. “Hey, you! Yeah, YOU! FOCUS! “It’s just you and me here. "Leave everything else. Out. There. "I’m all you need right now. "Give me your attention. "And I’ll come to liiiiife.” This was me a few years ago when I wrote this post, my story and I joined at...

​What do I put in my book proposal? And how do I build a “platform”?!

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I had the honor of traveling to Vegas as Larry's guest to see his one-person show 12 years ago. Lord, how he wowed the audience with hilarious stories from his life and his more than 50-year-career. When not playing with his young sons, Chance & Cannon, who Larry ADORED, the man I was getting to know was on the serious side--whether at his home with his wife, Shawn, or at a Dodger game. But on stage, the performer in Larry came alive, and he had us all rapt. I remember him getting a big laugh talking about Marlon Brando, who he said surprised him with a big kiss after their first interview. "And, you know, I can't stop thinking of him!" Larry said. 🤣As a kid, I hoped I'd be a writer when I grew up. But I never once thought of being an interviewer. Never mind that I obsessively watched each hour of TV made by Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Phil Donahue, Oprah Winfrey, Leeza Gibbons, #BarbaraWalters, David Letterman, and Larry King—all the greats. And read their books, too. Larry's words on the page were gospel to me. And they still are. ✍️"I share my background with everyone I come in contact with. It's part of me, deep inside," he wrote in How to Talk with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere (#threeriverspress, 2007). I have a similar openness. Maybe it comes from the two of us not having our college degrees--perhaps we make up for that perceived lack in other ways? Except we both talked like crazy in class as kids, so who knows? All I know is that I'm grateful for his example and that I'll never meet another like him. ✨RIP, Larry. xx 💙🎙(Pic courtesy of @larrykingnow on IG.) ... See MoreSee Less
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Want a STELLAR 2021? You've probably heard me say that I don't make a big move w/o consulting the stars via my little sis, Love Is In The Stars Carol Allen, one of the top Vedic astrologers (& love coaches!) in the country. ✨💜Her predictions are so spot on that I've learned over the decades to ignore her at my peril. For instance, she has picked EVERY one of my #carmelwritingretreat dates for the past 10 years, making sure the planet of writing, Mercury, is happy, and ditto for Venus, the planet of Love and the Arts. They're dreamy. But the one time I didn't listen to her when I wanted to host a quickie weekend retreat in Lake Arrowhead--"The stars are terrible. Don't go near that mountain!"--goodness, was it a hot mess. A freak snowstorm left one retreater (the amazing #AneseCavanaugh) stuck in a snowbank close to midnight (my guy saved her and, thankfully, we still laugh about it). The fridge broke, spoiling gorgeous food. The house alarm blared for no reason over and over, and one of the retreaters couldn't stop crying. We had to sage the house to breathe. Ha. I now do as Carol says. My FAVE thing is to ask for dates for my clients when they're pitching agents or publishers, often resulting in auctions (shout out #RhondaBritten & her 4-day bidding war, signing w/ Putnam for #FearlessLiving). Since you don't have my sis on speed-dial, you can order the next best thing--a personalized calendar that gives you the inside scoop on when to "lay low" & when to "go for it" when it comes to timing for anything. It highlights your best, mediocre, and worst days for money, love, launching something, traveling safely, selling or buying property, navigating retrograde planets and eclipses. You name it. I adore my calendar, and I'm pretty sure she thought of it to shut me up because I was always calling, saying, "Can you look at my chart and give me a good date for ____?"Sister's offering a "fire sale" for the New Year, dropping the price for the digital version from $124.97 to $39.97 (68% off, the biggest discount she's given in 20 years, in honor of these challenging times). 💜“I love, love, LOVE my calendar! I look at it every day, & it's always right on." ~ Arielle Ford, bestselling author of The Soulmate Secret"Dangerously addictive... wildly predictive..." ~ Lauren Frances, love coach and author of Dating, Mating, and Manhandling"The calendar is fabulously helpful, and I love it. I've used mine daily for years. Run, don't walk, to get yours!" ~ Chellie Campbell, financial coach and author of The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire and From Worry to WealthyOrder before Jan. 31st to get the discount! https://bit.ly/2Y2Pn3Y ... See MoreSee Less
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RIP, Larry. 💙🎙As an interviewer and someone who was lucky to spend time with @kingsthings, I wanted to share a few… t.co/S6MUGQu07l

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Want a STELLAR 2021? I💜getting dates for my clients when they're pitching agents or publishers. It’s magical. A per… t.co/lw4nxR24Gb

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Jaw-dropping manifestation tips, warp-speed book proposal-wrangling, communicating w/ “the soul of your book."✍️… t.co/HcvQOwlltW

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@jennsutkowski @GilbertLiz @marieforleo @PRHAudio @portfoliobooks @riverheadbooks Ah! Thank you. It was a blast. Posts soon! 😘

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