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My Gardening Blog: Yarden Love

I’m converting my yard into a garden, one square-ish foot at a time. The goal: a yard full of edible perennials, Florida native plants, and hardy fruits and veggies that take minimal care from me.

I’m writing about it at YardenLove.com. If you find digging in the dirt relaxing and edible plants exciting, follow along on the blog or on Facebook .

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Today I heard a succinct and accurate explanation of why indie publishing appeals to me. David Kadavny summarized it so well when he was interviewed on The Creative Penn Podcast (episode July 1, 2018):

“Traditional publishers are looking for traditional authority triggers” and this is no longer relevant in how I choose to learn or share information.

In the indie world, authority is based more on what works than what the gatekeepers have done in the past.

Memoir Writing—Avoiding Self-Indulgence

I like writing in first person, real life, working through the hard times to overcome fear and obstacles, and reach that final goal.

I also enjoy reading this kind of thing–sometimes. And sometimes I find this kind of writing more self-indulgent than satisfying.

In an episode of the Creative Penn podcast, Tim Graham succinctly outlines the difference.

I’m loving this podcast for all sorts of reasons. Check it out.

It’s day two of the Florida Writers Conference in Orlando and I have pages of notes and insights from this amazing community of writers.

In the spirit of sharing the wealth, here are four new websites I’ve learned about and can’t wait to explore:

Yasiv: Enter a book title and discover a network of related books based on different variables (genre, topic, etc). Helpful for identifying comps and readership circles.

Twin Word: Enter your keywords and find the other related keywords, including their ranking so you can select the most powerful relevant keywords for your content.

Temi: Advanced speech recognition software.

Kindlepreneur: In-depth info on marketing Kindle books

Website recommendations from FWA conference

I recently had the honor of working with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital on a story about a remarkable patient. His rare genetic mutation inspired one of the JHACH doctors to launch an international investigation into potential treatment options and their outcomes.

You can find the full story here.

(Photo from JHACH)