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NINE MONTHS WITH A KILLER
  I’ve been uncharacteristically silent for quite awhile now.  No, I’m not pouting and I haven’t been abducted by aliens, although those two scenarios are always within the range of possibility.  I’ve been slaving away at a new book which is now – thankfully – finished and awaiting your perusal. From memoir to mass murder << Read More

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s a girl. No, it’s a boy. No, it’s a BOOK!!!!
Read this blog from the beginning. While I waited for the ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of Only Pack to be printed, I stayed busy finishing my website and getting a head start on the required blogs.  Nat Geo introduced me to a new media coach, Joe Flood, who outlined a cohesive plan for promoting the << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK # 15 — The Naming
  Read this blog from the beginning. The wisdom of a good night’s sleep before making a critical decision once again proved beneficial, and I sorted myself out.  I’d been expecting one thing, but gotten another.  Time to abandon expectations – hadn’t I written in the book about that very thing?  And honestly, this was << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #14: BE BORN ALREADY!
Read this blog from the beginning. The new summit:  not the book deadline, but  something even more elusive — a deep and uneasy relationship with electronica.  There was no point trying to bluff my way through the social media conversations.  I admitted to being an amoeba swimming in a pool of more highly evolved creatures.  << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #13 — All I ever wanted was a horse
Read this blog from the beginning.  After I’d come to the sad conclusion I’d have to kill the book deal, Barbara (VP and Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Book Division) called me immediately.  “Let’s not give up,” she said.  “Please tell me your concerns.”  I did. They sprayed out like water from a burst pipe. “Let’s << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #12 — False alarm
Read this blog from the beginning. Why was “Courage” was the worst thing I’d ever written? Because I’d allowed too many voices to muddy mine, and worse, I was trying to satisfy everyone.  Still, the notion of trashing the “Courage” chapter was so depressing I set it down and walked away, for the second time.  << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #10 — Memories…
Read this blog from the beginning. By now, deep into the throes of meeting deadlines, I no longer had a life.  Up early and to Classroom Central to be their leader used up all my energy by the end of the day.  But then I had to come home and write until very late at night. << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #9 — It can’t just be about YOU!
Read this blog from the beginning. The months following that meeting with Karen Kostyal and Barbara (VP and editor-in-chief) in DC were a crazy-quilt of ideas, and I tried to stitch them all into something magical. We’d decided that following the yet-to-be written introduction, Courage would be the first chapter, even though Courage was really << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #8 — You Want Me to Do WHAT?
Read this blog from the beginning. Before travelling to D.C. to meet my assigned editor, Karen Kostyal, I’d sought the help of Google to locate an image of her. She’d written and edited many books for Nat Geo yet I couldn’t find her picture anywhere. At the DC airport we managed to locate each other, << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #7 — The Midwife
Read this blog from the beginning. Now that I had an offer of publication I needed a wise set of eyes to give it  the once over. Not wanting to settle for less than was possible, nevertheless I had no idea what that was. And in truth, having Nat Geo as my publisher was worth << Read More

Birthing a Book #6 — Cramps
Read this blog from the beginning. Two weeks passed, then three, then four as I waited for a formal offer of publication from National Geographic. My suspicions were confirmed.  It had been too good to be true. Nat Geo betting on a first-time book author? Well, I’d given it a shot and congratulated myself that << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #5 — Can we talk?
Read this blog from the beginning. While I waited to hear back from Barbara Brownell Grogan, VP and editor-in-chief at National Geographic, I busied myself crossing off items from the long list I’d made after ending my CEO career with the Girl Scouts. The list had become a necessity; without it, whole days would dissolve << Read More

BIRTHING A BOOK #4 — “Afraid of Success?”
Read this blog from the beginning. To the Banff Mountain Writing workshop, I’d brought the mostly-completed manuscript of Only Pack What You Can Carry so that the workshop editors could offer feedback and guidance, but it wasn’t my focus for the month. My new project was a new book about leadership lessons learned in the << Read More

Birthing a Book #3 — “Let me sleep on it”
Read this blog from the beginning. (Photo:  Tunnel Mountain from my writing room) My inability to depict the inside of a slot canyon was making me suicidal. “A slot canyon is truly indescribable,” I announced at the workshop. “Everything can be described,” sniffed one of the editors. The other writers nodded in agreement. None of << Read More

Birthing a Book #2 — labor pains
Read this blog from the beginning. A fiction writer tells compelling stories. Done right, characters jump off the page and follow the reader through her day, long after she’s set the book down to attend to the obligations of her waking life. When all you’ve ever written is fiction, but then begin writing for the << Read More

Birthing a Book
Read this blog from the beginning.Once upon a time, people were interested in my adventure travel stories.  Now they want to know what it was like to be published by National Geographic – to write a book for such a venerated publisher.  Of course it is an honor, a milestone, and like any journey, it had << Read More