Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! I’ve got a bonus for you. I was with my daughter last week (and a lot of this week) so I didn’t post last Friday. I did, however, save a lot of links. I didn’t have time to read them all—only some—so I can’t guarantee they’re helpful, but they looked promising. Long story short, I have two week’s of links for you. Hopefully they’re all as good as their titles indicated.

On that note, my inbox, as you might imagine, is laughably out of control. I’m never going to catch up, so I’ve decided not to try. If I missed some (or any) of your posts, I apologize. Moving forward, things will be back to status quo.

I took this time off because I don’t know when I’ll see my daughter again. We tried to figure it out when she was here. Our best guess is it’ll be at least a year (unless we come up with a better option sooner). So you can see why I took the time. Family is so important to me. Which is why, although this isn’t a writing quote, it seemed so fitting for me to use it for my weekly inspiration.

A man should never neglect
his family for business.

Substitute “man” for the more modern “person” and I couldn’t agree more. Walt Disney got it. And for the past ten days, I lived it.

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend here in the US. Families and friends will gather (enjoy the time together because it’s all too fleeting) for picnics and parades. I wish all of you love and laughter, food and fun… even as we remember with a moment of solemnity the grave importance of the day and the ultimate sacrifices that made these celebrations possible.

And now, this week’s writing links:

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


I didn’t actually post the past two weeks, but I also didn’t have the time to share posts by my lovely hosts when I released The Gate, so I’m trying to make up for it here. If you haven’t already, please visit these generous bloggers who gave me their platform and deserved more from me in return.

Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

To make you smile:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

45 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Staci, I’m so glad you have these treasured moments with your daughter and family. That’s what it’s all about. The good stuff!
    A lovely tribute to all who sacrifice(d) so much. I hope you enjoy a beautiful day of remembrance and gratitude.
    Many thanks for including two of my posts here, as well. I sincerely appreciate all that you do. Cheers, my friend! 🙂


  2. Wise words from Walt Disney! I’ve learned not to even to try to catch up with all the blogs I miss when I’m away. I just jump back in and move forward. It’s the only way I can ever get back to square one again. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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    • No. It’s just scheduling. She’s coaching this summer, so she had to stay on campus. She’s spending Thanksgiving with our extended family because I’ll be too far for her to make a fast trip (you know they don’t get much time off). Winter break will be spent in Peru with her boyfriend’s family, so I won’t get that time like I usually do. Spring break is in the middle of tennis season, so she can’t travel, and they don’t get any time for Easter. That takes us to next summer. It sucks. I keep hoping something changes, but I don’t see that happening.

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  3. I agree with Walt. Family comes first. Good list of links. I’ve been busy and haven’t been able to visit as many websites. Next week…

    And thank you for pointing out the importance of Memorial Day.

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    • I’ve got a lot of veterans and active duty family members, so it’s important to me to mark military holidays. I’m honored and humbled by the service and sacrifice of all military men and women (past and present) and thank God for them everyday.

      And Walt did have it right. I think the world would be a better place if more people had more focus on love and family and less focus on money and power.

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  4. It’s not always easy to remember your priorities! My father always put his work before his family, as men of his generation often did. So, I vowed not to make the same mistake; that’s why I’ve always worked from home. Even so, I have been guilty at times of that same sin for which I used to accuse him 🙂

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    • My husband is a workaholic, too. But that’s the way he shows love for his family. While I’d love more time with him, I understand what he’s doing and am very grateful. The way I see it, he’s not choosing business over family; he’s choosing to take care of his family (an expression of love), and that’s the way he’s doing it.

      I think it’s wonderful that you’ve always worked from home. Don’t beat yourself up over the days where work consumes you. You’re doing it for your loved ones, and that’s another way to express their importance to you.

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