• An Interview With Deborah Lawrenson

    Deborah Lawrenson is a versatile author who can write humor, mystery, historical fiction, and even espionage. She specializes in secrets, lacing her stories with clues and danger that keeps readers turning pages and asking questions. Her first novels dealt in satire, Hot Gossip, Idol Chatter, and The Moonbathers, before she tackled more serious subjects like World War II and familial relationships in The Art of Falling and 300 Days of Sun. The Lantern is a wonderful retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, only set in the south of France. Her latest, Death in Provence, takes readers on a fun mystery romp. It…

  • Paris at Night — in a Technicolor Dream

    Paris in a Technicolor Dream - Paris at Night, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/19/paris-at-night #Paris #France #photos #SaadSharif

    The photographer Saad Sharif has an amazing ability to capture Paris at night or dusk, setting him apart from other photographers (me included) who’ve photographed Paris. But his work isn’t only special for capturing a dark city but how he brings out the bright hues. There are pinks, blues, and oranges contrasting with the black skies and trees and signs. The streets, the people, the walkways, the buildings all have an almost out-of-time glow. I love meditating on these photos. Check them out. If you’d like more of my discoveries about France and art, subscribe to my newsletter. Thanks!

  • Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure

    Lightbulb, Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure, Karen Hugg, Photo by Drew Thomas, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/17/failure/ #ThomasEdison #failure #rejection #writing #books

    The other day I was researching famous American inventors and came across this quote about failure from Thomas Edison. It struck me as perfect for a writer. We often submit our work for publication only to be rejected again and again. In other words, we fail all of the time. If we’re experienced, we get better at not taking the sting of rejection so personally. In fact, we can use the failures to change and better our writing. We can submit different drafts, different pieces. Edison apparently had mastered this practice as he looked at his failures not as failures…

  • When Technology Doesn’t Do What You Want

    Technology is supposed to make our lives easier but why is it that so often it makes our lives more difficult? And not only makes our lives difficult but actually creates a huge time-suck? I just spent an hour and a half writing what I thought was a decent fun review of a book I’m fond of. I captured the book cover. I got my SEO in order. I wanted to post the review today and move onto other commitments. But as I was saving the review, and just before I was about to hit Publish, WordPress timed out. The…

  • Might and Main Monday: Dealing With Sunday Night Dread

    Calendar, Might and Main Monday: Dealing With Sunday Night Dread, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/10/sunday-night-dread #inspiration #Mondays #Sundays #work #job #schedules

    So many folks who work a traditional Monday through Friday schedule often feel the Sunday night dread. It’s that creeping sadness that sits in our guts as we realize the weekend is over and we have to return to a job the next day. It clouds our enjoyment of dinner, of a movie, or whatever else we’re doing that evening. We don’t want to wake up early the next day, we don’t want to deal with the massive project waiting for us at the office, and we certainly don’t want to interact with colleagues we dislike. A New Avenue of…