#GivingTuesday Planning: Create a Standout Theme

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving after the sales and sparkle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday takes place on November 29, 2016. This social media event is a fun and easy way to kick-off your end of year campaign and engage your donors. There’s no excuse for nonprofits skip this…

August Social Media Content Ideas for Nonprofits

Filling that content calendar with fresh, inspiring posts can get tiresome over time. Have no fear! Tackle this month’s social media content calendar with these hot topics for nonprofits. Assistant Dog Day – August 4th This is an excellent opportunity to share photos and give kudos to the assistant dogs of the people you help….

DIY MFA: Viagra for Writers

Five books. Five books that I have started over the past five years and abandoned after the 10K word mark. I wish there was Viagra for writers. I just lose the urge and lack the stamina. So, when the opportunity arose to be a street team member for Gabriela Pereira’s new DIY MFA book, I…

Vegan Italian Wedding Cookies

Italian Wedding Cookies. Russian Tea Cakes. Butterballs. Mexican Wedding Cookies. This cookie has more names than Puff Daddy (or whatever he goes by these days). Regardless of the name, this recipe rivals my vegan biscotti for the best cookie to be served with coffee. These little delectable balls happen to be my mother-in-law’s favorite cookie and she…

What Your Favorite Social Media Platform Really Says About You

One of my favorite interview questions was from Ignite Social Media. They asked me what was my favorite social media platform and why. It was a great question, because it tells a lot about a person. If I had said Myspace, I wouldn’t have gotten the Community Management gig. Three years ago, my answer was…

Vegan Peanut Butter Bliss Cookies

Ok – time to be real. If you’ve read my other vegan recipes, you know I don’t go for all those crazy vegan (and expensive) ingredients. If a recipe calls for flax seed I’m running faster than a beagle after a rabbit. I’m not even sold on precious coconut oil. Two experiences gone bad. I…

June Social Media Content Ideas for Writers

Happy June, writers! It’s time for camping, vacations, and cookouts galore, but don’t let your social media efforts dwindle with all of your exciting plans. Published authors know the importance of a strong social presence, but writers working on their publishing goals should be establishing a community of fans online, too. Finding ideas for content…

Recipe Review: Vegan Buttery Lemon Cutout Cookies

There are so many things to love about these cookies, let me count the ways… It smells like spring and tastes like summer. Just a little crunchy on the outside and super soft on the inside. Gives you an excuse to use fun cookie cutters. Nice change from your standard chocolate chip and peanut butter…

Writing Pains: The Pitfalls of Creativity Myths

Last week I talked about writing best practice myths, which falls in nicely with week’s discussion of creative myths. In chapter 6 of ‎Gabriela Pereira‎’s DIY MFA book, she debunks five myths about creativity: – Creativity is an exclusive club, and you can’t be part of it. – Creativity is innate–you either have it or you don’t. –…

Writing Myths: Breaking the Best Practice Code

Best writing practices are like fad diets. One month cabbage soup diet is the most amazing way to get results. Then you’re told protein is the way, stuff your face with all the meats. But wait—vegan is this month’s gold standard in healthy living and weight loss. Ok, I actually do believe a vegan diet…

Vegan Stuffed Pepper Soup

Sometimes you have to think outside the box, or in this case, outside the pepper. There are some foods from my childhood that are difficult to convert to a vegan recipe with the same result and my mom’s stuffed peppers are a perfect example. Consistency and taste of my past attempts never quite measured up…