Well, I did it.
I submitted my revised book proposal. Wow.

A lot. Of. Work.
I’m not kidding here. 37 pages later and I’m exhausted (ok, I’m exaggerating a bit). But, more importantly, I’m pretty proud of myself.

Non-fiction book proposals are intense, but bring tremendous clarity. Many agents will even provide you with an outline or a sample.

Interested in connecting with agents or publishers? Check out Women in Portland Publishing – that’s how I met my agent. See, I told you networking works. 🙂

Trust me, people, the incredible book deal is next. Just wait and see. I’ll tell you all about it right here.

And with that, I’m going to take a nap.

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Kinnikinnick Foods.

Over lunch last week, Kinnikinnick Foods came into my consciousness.
At a grocery jaunt over the weekend at New Seasons, I picked up their Italian Tapioca White Rice Bread. Yummilicious. Only 90 calories per slice, this bread melts in your mouth. It’s perfect for toast (topped with 1 T soy nut butter) or grilled sandwiches. Grilled turkey and cheese may be even better – I’ll let you know.

Their website showcases more of the same. Donuts! Bagels! Cinnamon Rolls! ALL Gluten-free. I am in heaven. Heavy on the carbs, but perfect for a treat or special occasion.

AND, get this – I can order and have it all delivered.

Kinnikinnick just made my month…

Happy wheat-free eating!


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I am completely out of food.

No Ezekiel bread, Healthy Choice lunch meat (perfect for quesadilla’s & salads!), or soy milk.
I’m even out of my trusted Odwalla bars, which I use as a meal replacement in a jam.

So, yet again – it is the Luna Bar that saves me. I stock pile Luna Bars as if Armageddon really were near (and if it were, would the Luna Bars really do me any good? Who knows, but I have TONS of them.)

My absolute favorite is the Iced Oatmeal Raisin, followed closely by the Lemon Zest. I ate the Nuts over Chocolate for roughly 2 years before converting to oatmeal. I’m one of those die hards that can eat the same thing over and over again until I completely burn out on it.

So, thank you Luna Bar – you completed my nutritional needs once again.
Now, I need to get over to the grocery store!



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04 Jan / Ode to My Voice

After a false new year start (I’m proclaiming a do-over starting next week) filled with some tough rejections and lots of jagged writing, I penned this free verse poem last night. I had to share, since I dig it:

I’ve lost my voice
Have you seen it?
It’s muddled up in passive voice & forms of “be”
It’s crouched beneath my lovely axed leads & queries

I’ve lost my voice
Do you know where it might be?
Underneath the nails of a wiry editor or
Clasped firmly in the calloused hands of a creative director

I know not
I only wish for my voice

I’ve lost my voice
Any idea where I should look?
Perhaps in my Moleskin journal or
The tattered pages of my poetry book
Is it there?

Crumpled beneath rejection emails and red pen
I find my voice
It’s a little off kilter,
A bit fuzzy,
But still sharp as a whip
It makes me laugh and smile and most of all
Feel proud

So I dust my keyboard and mouse off one more time
And start again.

Here’s to writing, editors, red pen, and copywriting! 🙂

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The holidays are officially over.
Which means, sometime next week – in the midst of the first full week back to work – you’re going to feel a bit empty inside.

No parties or wine or rich food.
And that’s why you need to make this chocolate mousse pie. It’s healthy, delicious, and above all – it will make you feel better.

Try it out – I just made it for a dinner party and everyone LOVED it.

-9″ spelt pie crust – Wholly Wholesome makes a good one
-1 16oz. package of NaSoya Silken Tofu (drained)
-2 t vanilla extract
-8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
-4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
Cool-Whip sugar free whipped topping

Bake pie crust at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Microwave chocolate until melted (approx. 3 minutes). Puree tofu, then add melted chocolate. Puree until completely mixed. Add vanilla extract. Blend well. Once pie crust is cooled, pour mixture into crust. Chill 1 hour, then serve with cool-whip.



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02 Jan / Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

And now – after a month of parties, wine, and amazing food – we are back to work.
Can you feel it?

One of my resolves for my writing business (and it IS a business) is to attend at least 2 networking events a month.

This week I’ll be attending a PDX Mindshare event at Souk.
I’m also plan to attend events for Women in Portland Publishing and the Portland Advertising Federation (for copywriting gigs).

Why? People need to know you and you need to know people. No matter what your business, networking is invaluable. As a writer, it connects me with others and many times results in referrals. I’ve also made some incredible friends through networking events.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Share it here!


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29 Dec / Eat, Pray, Love

My new favorite book is written by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have not picked this up, please do so today.

Eat, Pray, Love is a well-written, heart-wrenching, relatable journey of an amazing woman. Not only do I identify with Gilbert throughout the book (which I am reading while working out – it’s making it A LOT easier to get through that 40 minutes!), it’s an absolute joy to read.

Support Portland’s largest independent (and rockin’!) bookstore – Powells – and buy it – today.

Also, one of my favorite journaling exercises is on its way. End of the year analysis.

Try this out – Light some candles, put on your favorite slow jams (I SO miss the 80’s), and take out a notebook. For every month in 2006 Jan. – Dec. write down what you accomplished, what happened – success, failures – all of it. This is so cleansing, trust me!

Then, write on a new sheet of paper: “I intend to attract the following into my life for 2007…”. Write down EVERY SINGLE THING you want to come into your life in 2007. Just let it flow out of you – do not over think this.

Finally, in your kitchen sink – burn the 2006 list. You are now letting go of this year.

With that, seal up your 2007 Wish List in an envelope. Write the date on the front and put it under your bed. Next year, when you do this exercise again you will be STUNNED by how many of the things you wrote down for 2007 came true. I can’t wait to open up my 2006 wish list to see all that I manifested.

Happy Writing & Happy New Year!

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Try out this yummy lunch-time meal. In fact, I’m making it for my dad today. Wow, isn’t he lucky – getting to try all of my wheat-free, dairy-free, no sugar recipes?! Fortunately, he loves this stuff too!

Turkey & Cheese Quesadilla’s
-Corn tortillas (right now using Mission White Corn)
Healthy Choice sliced turkey
Lisanatti Almond Jalapeno Jack Cheese (the website is down, but you can find this at New Seasons or Fred Meyer Nutrition Centers)
-1 small avocado
-Salsa (love Fred Meyer’s brand black bean & corn salsa)

Grill tortilla with shredded cheese, avocado, and chopped turkey until brown and cheese is melted. Cut in half and top with salsa.

I’m eating this daily for lunch right now. Perfect for winter.



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Do you ever go into a coffee shop (and I’m not talking about Starbucks here) and find yourself drooling over the pastries?

Bummer deal is – it’s all filled with wheat, dairy, and processed sugar. For women with food intolerances (lucky us!) and those of us watching our weight, the pastry case is a complete tease.

Enter the people at Odwalla. They have saved my coffee shop nightmare. Luckily, independent coffee shops like the Pharmacy Cafe, take care of those of us with wheat/dairy/sugar intolerances.

My absolute favorite Odwalla bar is Chocolate Chip Peanut. It is exactly like eating a cookie! I take these with me on road trips and for vacations. It’s a convenient, delicious, and healthy breakfast.

Try it out & let me know what you think!


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My favorite gift this Christmas was a lovely, black Moleskin journal. If you don’t have one – get one (or ask for it as a gift)! This famed journal used by Hemingway, Picasso, and other greats screams success and amazing accomplishments.

I have never experienced the Moleskin, until now. My thoughts and feelings are somehow more profound, now that they sit inside of this Italian-made journal.

In addition, my amazing friends, Jen & Luis, gave me a subscription to Writer magazine. Are there any Writer magazine readers out there? If so, let me know what you love best. My first subscription arrives in a couple of months.

Yay Christmas! Now, onto 2007.


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