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I can't wait to have a copy, either!

Wendy Kennar

Barbara, I don't always comment, but I do read your blog every week. Sometimes it's just the nudge I need to get writing. Thank you for the continued encouragement you share with us all. Your words often leave me nodding my head in agreement or smiling, or both. Warmly, Wendy


Your style works for me. I bought three copies of "Courage & Craft." One for me and two as gifts after I read it! Trust your voice and thank you for editing yourself. :-)

Loren Stephens

Thank you for your blog. It makes me feel like I am with a community of writers with you as the inspirational leader. Can't wait to read your new book. Love the title. Loren

Sandi Elzinga

I can't wait to read your book, A Year of Writing Dangerously! :)


I love your blog and always look forward to reading it!!

Lisa Manterfield

Sometimes I think a blog is great for exploring ideas, putting them out there and seeing the reaction. Then you have comments to consider before refining what you really want to say. That having been said, I can't imagine how daunting it must be to go back over all these years of blog posts and pick out the gems. Looking forward to seeing the end result. :-)

Roberta Wax

Well said, as usual, Barbara! In fact, I am going to quote you to my writing students! Roberta Wax


wondering why you didn't like the results. these look aainmzg, though i'm not a film photography expert. until i make the time to learn film photography, i'll enjoy your work instead =)

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