book reviews · Freelance Writing

The Child by Fiona Barton (Guest Reviewer Sharon Harvey)

If you’re familiar with Fiona Barton, author of The Widow, now a Prime Original starring Kate Beckinsale, then check out her next book, The Child. It is told from a different approach this time – working through the papers and looking through a journalists’ eyes. It was exciting to see things from their point of…… Continue reading The Child by Fiona Barton (Guest Reviewer Sharon Harvey)

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Looking for Home – Women Writing about Exile (Poetry Collection Book Review)

Sometimes we come across books in our lives, or maybe more often than we think, which are meant to share, guide, and teach just in time lessons for life. Such was the case with this book, as at the time, I was thinking about applying for the Nine Dots Prize. Though the deadline is now…… Continue reading Looking for Home – Women Writing about Exile (Poetry Collection Book Review)

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Ignore Everything You’ve Learned Here

If I can’t prove it’s working for me, how will I prove it can work for you? Well, maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. Is it because we’re not doing enough? Writing enough? Writing the right things? Taking the right classes or courses? And the list goes on as we dive into a downward spiral…… Continue reading Ignore Everything You’ve Learned Here

Freelance Writing · Self-Published Books

Three-Part Harmony Hits Pause

If you’re enjoying these snippets from my upcoming memoir Three-Part Harmony, let me know if you’d like to be added to our email list for upcoming pre-orders of the book which will be available Fall 2019 and available just in time for the holidays. As Mother’s Day approaches and Father’s Day next month, I’m taking…… Continue reading Three-Part Harmony Hits Pause

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Three-Part Harmony Mid-Week Break

If you’re enjoying these snippets from my upcoming memoir Three-Part Harmony, let me know if you’d like to be added to our email list for upcoming pre-orders of the book which will be available Fall 2019 and available just in time for the holidays. It’s been a few weeks, since I began sharing this story,…… Continue reading Three-Part Harmony Mid-Week Break

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Ni Hao, ich spreche Deutsch. Hello, I speak German.

Between the glossy covers of the AIFS Study Abroad catalog were picturesque possibilities of places to go, languages to learn, and new people to meet. Your patience has paid off. Welcome to the third and final chapter of How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria. Our Chinese professor stayed on an extra…… Continue reading Ni Hao, ich spreche Deutsch. Hello, I speak German.

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How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part II

Please don’t call on me. Don’t see me. I know the answer, but I could be wrong. Oh, just get me out of this classroom and on with my life. My heart rate quickened as the teacher scanned the students for hands raised and un-raised. Who would she call on? Not me. Not me. A…… Continue reading How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part II

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How Learning Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part I

The summer of my sixteenth birthday, the Berlin Wall fell. Okay, not fell. It was taken down stone by bloody stone. Families and friends who’d been separated for far too long were once more reunited and another part of the world opened up to us all. A Bit of Background In high school, I was…… Continue reading How Learning Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part I

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We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

Welcome to April’s monthly recap. We’ve hit some milestones, made some new friends, spring-boarded new ideas, and walked down memory lane! When updating my LinkedIn profile yesterday, I realized I forgot to mark an occasion. Not only did I celebrate my birthday this month, but Writing in the Fast Lane is 5 years and 1…… Continue reading We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

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VAGABONDING: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Guest Review by Rachel Barber)

How many of us know the meaning of the word “Vagabonding”? (I’d heard of it, but had no idea until I read this book!). Many of us have an interest in travelling or would like to be known as a “traveler” – but give up at the thought of making plans. This book has answers…… Continue reading VAGABONDING: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Guest Review by Rachel Barber)