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Rebecca Laffar-Smith

You're three tips are brilliant! I hope you have a great time at the bookshop and the workshop. You're obviously very busy and I refuse to believe that stubborn determination alone got you through, hard work and learned skill play a part too. :-)

Pascal M.

Hi, Barbara,
Thanks for the really great presentation at CHB. You suggested that I send a post to your blog asking you to list new agents who might be looking for unpubslished fiction writers like myself. I look forward to seeing the information soon on your blog.

Thanks for supporting us!



Maria Grace

Hello Barbarba,

This is my third comment but the first one after I actually met you (at the WRC bookstore in Sedona). I am reading your book and am taking your plea to keep a journal to heart. After about six hours of negotiations with myself I started again, after a year of silence.

A while back I was distraught because I had forgotten a piece of poem that floated into my head on a Colorado walk. Guess what! It appeared in my journal:
I needed ten years in the desert
to burn the fog in my bones.

Can you be hired to read things and evaluate?

Thank you for a great time,


Hi Barbara -- Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed meeting you and participating in your workshop in Sedona. I included a link to your blog and book yesterday on my blog. Best of luck on future promotions!


Rebecca - I think stubborness is often needed for the hard work.
Pascal - Thanks for reminding me. I'll do one soon. It was wonderful meeting you at CHB.
Maria -I love to hear about people starting to write after a long silence. Good for you. It was great to meet you at WRC. With writing and teaching,I'm afraid I don't have time to freelance and do consultations. But thanks for asking.
Sunny - Thanks so much for coming! READERS: Click on "sunny" above and you'll go to her website.
Here are her books:
Organizing for the Spirit
(Jossey-Bass/J.Wiley & Sons)
There is no such thing as clutter. Everything in your life is connected. But if your time and space... more>>
How To Be Organized in Spite of Yourself with Roberta Roesch
(Penguin-Putnam 1999)
Not the organized type? You're not doomed to a life of mismatched socks, missed appointments...


Barbara -- thanks for the mention!


Hi Barbara-
Charlotte looks very much like my beloved Tutone! I am so, so glad she continues to do well.

I love your "list of 3 things", which are equally applicable to PAINTING, or, I imagine, most any creative endeavor where fear gets in the way.

This site is obviously a labor of love, a gift of much generosity from you to those of us who are our own worst enemies; whose demons have loud and insistent voices about our inadequacies (creative and otherwise). It is a wonderful way for me to hear your encouragin voice without interrupting your day!
Much love,


Laura - Thanks for that beautiful message.

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