November Friendship Advice

I’ve been getting some great questions for my HerTake friendship advice column over at The HerStories HerTake with Nina BadzinProject. I’m always taking new questions so feel free to try me! But the question I chose for November required such a detailed answer that I decided not to add a second one for this post. (And that was hard, because seriously there are some excellent ones on deck).

A part of me is tempted to do the column more than once a month because the questions are so good, and I don’t ever want to close the contact form. Adding extra posts is something I need to consider with my editors Stephanie and Jessica!

Let’s stay focused on the November theme though, which is about making new friends in a new city, but my LONG answer also works if you’ve been living in the same city and want to branch out to make new friends. You’ll have to click over to The HerStories Project to see why this question earned all of my attention for this post.

See you there! 




Friday Finds: Texts With Bryan

some texts with bryan

#1. THE PERFECT COFFEE TUMBLER I had a recent text exchange with my husband, Bryan, that was so typical “Bryan” it felt worth sharing. Bryan is often a central voice on my blog, even if it is behind the scenes. He thinks through every decision very carefully, which is why when I’m uncertain about a…

Celebrating Four Years of Blogging

four years of blogging

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Early November Finds and Catch Up

Badzin family photo

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The First Day: Writers on Writing Series


I used to worry about the fact that my writing identity fits no particular niche and that my career seems headed towards no particular goal. I’ve had short stories published in obscure and “artsy” literary magazines and Twitter tips featured on the technology page of the Huffington Post. I’ve written two novels that will never…

Judging a Writing Contest

mashstories podcast

Hey writer friends! I was asked to be one of the judges for the current Mash Stories competition, which runs until January 15th. We’ll get to those details in a minute, because I think you should enter. Yes, all of you! Why? Well, that’s what I want to tell you first. You may remember that…

Friendship Advice: October Column

HerTake with Nina Badzin

Welcome back to HerTake: Practical Tips for Modern Connections, my advice column for the HerStories Project all about friendship. For October I answered two more questions from readers about challenging friendship situations. I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts and suggestions for the women who shared. I think many people will be able to relate to the two issues from all sides…

10 Resources for Writers and Bloggers

resources for writers and bloggers

#1. THE PRACTICING WRITER Erika Dreifus, author of Quiet Americans (fiction) and a professional freelance writer and book reviewer, keeps up the incredible blog The Practicing Writer. What makes Erika’s blog unique is that she only focuses on paying opportunities. Updated several times a week, Erika makes sure that her readers know about submission opportunities she’s heard…