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Is It Worth it, Let Me Work It

Posted by nancyfreund11 on October 31, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Reverse it.


Talked to my brilliant, brilliant (truly genius) expat friend who went to Stanford B-school, and she gave me an awesome tip. Flip it up and reverse it.


Now if you haven’t clicked it yet, click Missy, so you can play her while I’m telling you the deal. And don...

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What lies beneath...

Posted by nancyfreund11 on October 26, 2016 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Writers know there are always two stories, at least -- one on the surface, and a more important one that lies deeper. Novels, short story, flash fiction, and even (especially!) poetry.  A quick reading reveals one thing, whereas a deeper, more careful and thorough review reveals much more. In English lit classes, they actually call that proce...

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Lonely Starbucks Lovers

Posted by nancyfreund11 on October 22, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (1)


Cute but psycho.”

I’m not a girl -- sad fact, smack in the face. I’m certainly no longer a girl. I’m 50! I’m certainly not a Chelsea girl, where I shot this picture on King’s Road. But the point is I’...

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I Love Lamp

Posted by nancyfreund11 on September 23, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

A lamp in London was calling my name, but I'm smart enough (experienced enough!) to know that doesn't necessarily mean I should call its name back.  Instead I call over the sales gal in John Lewis on Saturday and ask her, "Are those bulbs a pain in the neck to change?"  She looks at me like I'm crazy.

This often happens when I first speak to someone in London.  It's the accent.  It's no...

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Planting Trees

Posted by nancyfreund11 on May 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

When's the best time to plant a tree?  Twenty years ago.  Or if you didn't do it then, TODAY.


I KNOW it would have been smart to organize my email list like I used to keep my old-fashioned address book when I was a kid.  I hate losing track of friends -- always have -- so I was the kid at summer camp who made sure the directory was up-to-date before we all scattered to our homes at the end of our sessions.  I ma...

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A listicle: 9 things that make me like a book

Posted by nancyfreund11 on January 19, 2016 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (1)


Books on the Nightstand Podcast – they’ve got 360+ of these things recorded and I feel like a cave-dweller for only just learning about it. Thank you Becky Liddicoat Yamarik! What a gift.


So the first episode I downloaded (do you have to download to listen? Must figure this out...) is the discussion of what makes the two publisher podcasters “like” a book. In turn, it challenged me to answer that... ...

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Fifty for fifty - no ragrets

Posted by nancyfreund11 on January 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's what I posted to my Facebook Author page the other day... followed by Scotty P in "We are the Millers."  NO RAGRETS. See number 11.


Don't be fooled by my sprightly professional photo by the very talented Dee Libine. Fact is I'm about to turn 50! I want to mark the milestone but can't imagine a party or a "thing" that won't make me feel weirdly spotlit. I celebrated 21 quie...

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What do you ALONE love?

Posted by nancyfreund11 on August 25, 2015 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (1)


Explains why many writers require solitude, are often alone even in crowds, but not lonely. They are examining their alone-ness, discovering what they alone love, and therefore what must be written.

Rotten Blogger: That's Not My Name

Posted by nancyfreund11 on August 24, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (2)

This past April I wandered achingly around the London Book Fair, like all 24,000 attendees, perhaps, with an overwhelming awareness that there might be MUCH to gain, personally and professionally, if only! If only I knew where to stop, who to talk to, what to see. A gnawing awareness that I coulda-shoulda-woulda planned it better, done it differently if only… It’s one thing to agonize afte...

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Quit with Your Calling

Posted by nancyfreund11 on July 29, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sixth grade, we were lined up at the school salad bar, wondering how much ranch dressing would render the so-called diet lunch no longer low-cal. My friend “Shannon,” (let’s call her Shannon), had recently broken up with her boyfriend and was officially single. She stopped in front of the iceberg and said, I need your advice. Who should I like?

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