Rachel Graves

The Ultimate #RWA12 Conference Packing List

July 17, 2012 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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I’m leaving in a week to attend the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual Conference, which is meeting in Anaheim, California this year. This will be my third conference and my second RWA National. So, why am I nervous? Oh yeah… I’m giving a workshop this time around. By myself. How did that happen? If you remember […]

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What’s the Hardest “First Step” You’ve Taken?

May 1, 2012 Random Musings
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As I write this post (late) Monday night, I just returned home after the regional writing conference, Desert Dreams.  I had a great time, met wonderful people, attended thought-provoking workshops, and pitched for the first time (and the second time and the third time). I think the pitches went well.  I got requests and I […]

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How Do You Write Through Life’s Chaos?

February 7, 2012 Writing Stuff
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I didn’t want to write this post.  I wanted to be stronger.  I wanted to be professional.  I wanted to hold this pain inside and not let my vulnerability show. If I can’t handle life’s combination of good and bad events without shattering, how will I survive the huge swings between excitement and disappointment involved […]

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Branding 101: To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name

June 7, 2011 Writing Stuff
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I wasn’t planning on doing another Branding 101 post right away, but my commenters had other ideas.  *smile* If you read my last post, you know the steps to be Google-able.  The last piece of advice I gave in that article was if all else fails—use a pen name.  That suggestion led to several comments […]

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What Should We Do with Blog Awards?

May 19, 2011 Random Musings
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Sometimes it still comes as a shock to me that anyone visits my blog and cares about what I have to say.  So when I received my first blog award, I was completely unprepared. My first thought was of being tremendously flattered.  I think my exact reaction was, Me? Seriously? That thought was quickly followed […]

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