The Day I Met O.J. Simpson

The nondescript church sat on a side road in a small town just outside Shreveport, LA. Eight years later, I can’t remember the name of the church, or the name of the small town. What I remember is the man. “The Juice.” O.J. Simpson. Back in 2006, I worked weekends at KSLA as a reporter, but I wore more hats that just that. Saturdays and Sundays meant endless running around in my car by myself from 8AM until 2PM gathering…

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Author Interview: JD Rivera

Today author J.D. Rivera is stopping by the blog to chat a bit about her new books, and give us a chance to get to know her better. She lives in Oklahoma with her family, and is the author of two books and a novella: Trying to Get Over You, Defensive, and Guarded.  All of her books can be found here on Amazon. Tell me about your latest book, Defensive. Defensive is a follow-up to the novella Guarded. It’s about a professional basketball…

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Some Thoughts on the Craft – and a Few Updates

Hey, there! No, I haven’t blogged in a while – but I’m still here! These last few weeks have been so busy. First, I needed to get PRINCE CHARMING ready for the first round of professional edits. That included getting feedback from beta readers, going through my own edits, and making sure the final product met the editor’s specifications! By the way, if you are just getting up to speed on this project, here is more about PRINCE CHARMING on Goodreads.…

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The Winds of Change

Two years ago, when I came to Oklahoma, I had no idea what I’d find. I just knew I needed to come here. I’d been offered an awesome opportunity as an anchor and reporter for KFOR/ Freedom43. I knew better than to pass that up, but in truth, the pull in my stomach felt like more than just job advancement. It felt like I needed to move here to be a better me. With very little hesitation, I uprooted my life…

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For the Days You Need a Pep Talk

I remember the first time I ever saw the Kid President. It was back in January 2013. Someone shared his latest video on Facebook. Of course they did. That’s where you always see videos like that these days. The Kid President and Soulpancake had made videos before. Plenty of them. In fact, I was kind of late to the party on this trend (and I hate being late on trends). Lots of folks had heard the simple wisdom of an…

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Forever A Bluebird

Recently, I had a chance to visit my old high school, Highlands High School, and meet with some of the students there. Honestly, this was really fun. When I graduated in 2000, I decided I wasn’t going back. I had bigger things to do— a life to live, and a world beyond Ft. Thomas, KY that I couldn’t wait to explore. I thought the last time I walked out the front door of that school would be the last time…

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The Best Advice I Ever Heard About Writing

Ever since I wrote The Undesirable, people have asked me how I did it–how I finished it. A lot of people have asked, and I always struggle with the answer. The fact is, I just did it. I had an idea in my head, I mulled over it for awhile, and then one day I sat down and started to write. One page became two,  then four, then ten. And at some point, the idea took hold and I just…

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The Day I Finally Met Jamie McGuire

“If you have a story that is crushing your heart, then write it,” Jamie McGuire told the crowd at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa on Tuesday. She visited the campus to talk to the students about writing and her bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. I was there to talk to her. Sometimes my personal and professional lives intersect, when it happens, it’s awesome.  This was one of those times. You see, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a fan of Jamie’s writing. She has…

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Thoughts On A Birthday

Today is my birthday. Another year passes. A couple of years ago, birthdays reached the point (in my mind, at least) where they were “hard”.  I couldn’t stand the thought of getting older, or losing my youth, or seeing my life inch into territory I used to think was “so old.”  And this fear got worse as life creaked closer to “that” birthday. You know the one. I celebrated it last year. I cried the whole month before “that” birthday…

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The Reasons I Love The Great Gatsby

This week a couple of new photos from the upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby popped up in my news feed on Facebook. Of course, this got me thinking about the novel, and I thought I’d share a couple of reasons why this book has become one of my all-time favorites. Like a lot of people, I first read this book in early high school.  The book was required reading (sophomore year?) for a unit on American Literature, and we…

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