Murphy Writes Blog

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Keeping Butt In Chair

  (graphic from) I think all writers have gone through times when we’ve wondered, “What the hell am I doing? I can’t seem to string more than a few words together and even they...

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Are you following your bliss?

I just had a birthday, and let’s just say I’m closer to entering retirement than I am to entering college. For readers who may be way younger than me, you might not “feel” what...

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13 things I learned in 2011

I don’t know about you, but 2011 has probably been the most difficult, bittersweet year I can recall. It was a year in which I excitedly published my first book, and then lost my...

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A job loss doesn’t mean a loss of identity

“All the world is a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances; Each man in his time plays many parts.”  ~ William Shakespeare (photo source)   Often...

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The NaNoWriMo self-imposed writing frenzy

I am joining with thousands of writers around the world to participate in NaNoWriMo, the annual self-flagellation writing event for authors who want to prove to themselves that they can finish an entire novel...

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Favorite writing quote of the day

“I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland, an American writer who once described himself as “the best second-rate writer in America”    

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Social media: Does it connect or disconnect us?

  graphic source http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-05-06-socialmedia.jpg “On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away.” ~ Author Unknown Lately I’ve been thinking about how connected  — or maybe...

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Have you stayed too long at your job?

“Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual.” ~ Homa Bahrami, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business   I will never forget the time I left a job...

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5 things that can help keep writers on track

Being a writer can be exhilarating one moment — for example, when you’re winning awards or you have editors contact you personally to write a story — and lonely and frustrating the next —...

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Promoting Momisms book on the radio

My publisher Elaine Ambrose and I did several TV and radio interviews to promote Mother Knows Best – Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms. Here’s a fun one we did with Tim Johnstone and Ken...

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Book promotions

Front page newspaper story promoting my book, Mother Knows Best – Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms.