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Say What You Need To Say ~ Always

By Shelli Johnson | Feb 27, 2012

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” ~Henry David Thoreau About a year ago, my dad died. He’d been battling cancer for a decade and we’d all been lulled into a false sense that he’d just keep on beating it. So I never said the important things I wanted to say because I’d …

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Yes, You Can!!

Why You MUST Speak Strength To Yourself

By Shelli Johnson | Feb 20, 2012

A while ago I wrote a couple posts about being careful not only about what you say to yourself but also about who else you listen to. This post, about the ability to speak strength to yourself, goes along with those. Not only do you have to stop ~ I mean right now ~ the self-defeating …

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 20

By Shelli Johnson | Feb 13, 2012

Well, my birthday just passed. I’m 25! Again! For the *mumble, mumble* time! I thought it might be a good time to reflect. So if I could talk some sense to my 20-year-old self, here are some things I’d say: 1. Learn your lessons the first time Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of …

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Why I Stopped Looking At The Numbers

By Shelli Johnson | Feb 6, 2012

“If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” ~ Anna Quindlen I’m writing this post because I need a reminder about what’s important to me. When I started this independent-publishing journey, I was happy …

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My Favorite Writing Advice: Failing on the Page

By Shelli Johnson | Jan 28, 2012

Favorite writing advice: “You must allow yourself to fail on the page.” Who said the writing advice about failing on the page: Jaimee Wriston Colbert, fiction writing professor Why: Perfectionism will kill your writing goals. You’ll never get off the ground if you’re afraid to fail. I was afraid of failure, afraid of what people …

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Slow-Cooker Very Berry Coffee Cake (Or Muffins)

By Shelli Johnson | Jan 21, 2012

So this idea came from Katheryn Lane, a fellow author & lovely lady that I met on Twitter (@KatherynLane ~ follow her, you’ll be happy you did). This recipe ties into & was inspired by a pivotal scene in my novel, Small as a Mustard Seed. The excerpt on which this recipe is based: I …

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Small as a Mustard Seed: The Preeminent Emotional Reading Experience

By Shelli Johnson | Jan 14, 2012

  This lovely 5-star review of my novel, SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED, comes from Tom Clementson over at the Kindle Book Review. Tom’s an American military guy, currently stationed in Afghanistan. We met on Twitter (find Tom: @TCAbn) & I mentioned my book, that the story, among other things, dealt with a Korean War veteran. …

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A Novel Excerpt: Small as a Mustard Seed

By Shelli Johnson | Jan 7, 2012

November 1965 “I ain’t afraid this time.  I ain’t some kid don’t know shit from Shinola,” my father hollered as he stood in the driveway. In the curve of his chest, pressed tight against the denim of his overalls, he clutched a black revolver.  The other hand combed through the short dark hairs of his …

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Do You Live What You Believe?

By Shelli Johnson | Dec 10, 2011

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi So in last week’s post about stepping out in faith (find it here), I told you about how I’ve wanted to be a novelist since I was five years old. Here’s my earliest memory of writing: crafting a story in the …

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