Author Inspiration and Two Weeks of Writing Links


Ciao, everybody. Sorry about last week. As you can see by my quote, I have family on my mind. My daughter is going back to school, so I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible with her. Last week, we had guests in town, so it was all about company then. Honestly, I’ve done the barest minimum of work leading up to her departure. I’ll be toiling like crazy to catch up once she’s gone, but the sacrifice is worth it.

I’m so grateful my son goes to college in the town where we live, or I’d be a bigger basket case than I already am.

My apologies for no links last week. As I said, I was busy. Today, you’re getting last week’s and this week’s, so there’s a lot of great content.

As for me, I’m logging off now. My (no longer a baby) girl and I are going to catch up on World of Dance.

And remember Brad Henry’s words:

Families are the compass that guides us.
They are the inspiration to reach great heights
and our comfort when we occasionally falter.

Treasure your family, folks. Before you have to say goodbye.

And now, this week’s (and last week’s) writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Romance University

Posts by others in the industry:

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

42 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and Two Weeks of Writing Links

  1. Love World of Dance!
    I know how you’re feeling, my daughter and grandson just moved across the country so she could continue her graduate studies. My heart hurts, but also is swollen with pride.
    Enjoy your family time {{hugs}}

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    1. I was glad to include it, Colleen. Stuff like that makes me crazy, so it’s nice to have someone show us the ropes. (Even if she pulled her hair out while learning it!) Happy to hear you’re recovering. 😉

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  2. Enjoy the time with your daughter, Staci – you know I did the same thing a week ago and have no regrets at all. My youngest goes back to college this weekend, but like your son, he’s still here in town.

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    1. I know you did, Teri, and I’m sorry. But how could we regret this time? The days go by too fast. You made the right choice, and I did, too. No regrets at all. (A lot of sadness, even more pride—she’s a remarkable girl—but no regrets.)

      I’ll have my minor breakdown this weekend. Then it’s back to work Monday. With a vengeance.

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    1. I can’t imagine it any other way. At the end of my life (if I still have my memories), I won’t regret missing work nearly as much as I’d regret missing family time. I think we have our priorities straight.

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      1. Thanks, Craig. I fought it forever (I hate having my picture taken), but one of my publishers was nagging me for a higher-quality photo (the last was a little grainy) and my daughter couldn’t wait to do hair and makeup. That generation is phone-and-photo obsessed. She did a great job, though.

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