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Read anything good lately?

One of my goals for 2016 is to constantly be reading quality fiction. I’ve been so focused on researching for my historical fiction project that I haven’t read as many novels lately, and my writing ability has suffered for it. Writers have to read!

What I need from you, dear readers, is recommendations. I don’t care very much about genre or what the story is about. All I need is good quality writing. If the book made you stop and go back to read passages again because it was just that beautiful, I want it! If you kept reading parts of it aloud to everyone you saw, give it here!

You can comment on this post, or tell me on Facebook or Twitter, or go to my contact page and send me an email. I need to fill up an entire year with books, and I am a very fast reader. Help me, friends. Help me.

Pay yourself when you aren’t getting paid

Do you respond better to fear, or praise? Punishment, or encouragement? When you’re having a hard time getting your important work done — especially if it’s work you’re doing for yourself, with no boss or external deadline keeping you on track — how do you stay disciplined and make it happen? One thing that has… Continue Reading