free writing workbook
Free workbook: What’s your next step?

If you’ve got decisions to make, your own words might offer the best advice. Your words are a source of power, insight and confidence for your badass self. My free, nine-page writing workbook can help you see yourself in a fresh, creative light. Even reading through the pages might spark new ideas. For sure, you can avoid the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

If you love words and books, you’ll love this video

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In praise of books: Have you ever wondered what your stories would look like? What colors, images and lettering are “you”? The topic is explored with humorous insight in the following video by Chip Kidd, the guy who designed the covers for books like “Jurassic Park,” “The Dark Knight” Batman trilogies and Katherine Hepburn’s memoir. He’s worked with David Sedaris …

Unity 2012 Convention in Las Vegas for journalists

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LAS VEGAS — Being in this strange American city for a major journalism convention is a blast! What a great chance to schmooze, sunbathe and renew my passion for entrepreneurship. Did I surprise you with that last word, entrepreneurship? Well given the sorry financial state of the profession, the only ones who are going to survive are risk takers with …

The best Father’s Day gift for you — if not your dad

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I wish that thinking about my dad filled with me heart-bursting joy. Instead, he left me with bittersweet memories. But thanks to a really marvelous book, my feelings are now more loving, whole — and realistic. The journey towards resolution began last fall when I got hold of “Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family.” Published in …

Check out my evolving cartooning style

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I can’t wait for someone to ask me about my weekend. Single, middle-aged me finally has a truly interesting answer: “My weekend? Oh, it was great. I spent it drawing assassin porn.” The continuing quest to find myself has taken me to a series of weekend cartooning workshops. We divide our time between learning about character and story development, and …

Amy Chua can’t be trusted

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On Tuesday night, I heard Amy Chua speak at the Time-Life Building in midtown Manhattan. Even though her whole Tiger Mom phenom disturbs me, I was curious. In the end, the opportunity to see this controversial author up close was a revelation…Wow. Amy Chua is actually a confusing, ideological mess. She constantly contradicted herself. She chattered away without providing real …