Alice Osborn’s Blog

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Nobody Writes Alone

By | April 26th, 2017|Networking|

Alice Osborn In support of the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Nobody Writes Alone” campaign, the NCWN recently asked me to weigh-in on what the North Carolina Writers’ Network means to me and I responded! Here's my testimonial--enjoy! Fourteen years ago, I declared I was writer. It was time to finally go for it, but while [...]

How Irish Dance Helps Me Get Out of My Own Way

By | March 21st, 2017|Performing, Self Improvement|

As a kid, I did ballet and tap, but I wasn’t one of those girls who wore a bun at school or who did pliés while waiting for class to start. Back then, ballet and tap didn’t feel hard at all. I loved the once-a-year recitals because of the costumes, makeup, hair and bright lights, [...]

How To Find the Right Client

By | March 3rd, 2017|Editor|

Photo Credit: Steven Whitsitt When I first started my writing business back in 2006 I didn’t think about the kind of clients I wanted to attract. If they paid me, then they were great clients! I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn away ANY client. These were the dark days of the [...]

How the Right Criticism Can Make You Grow

By | February 23rd, 2017|Creativity|

As a kid I hated getting criticism—it would fill me with shame because I wanted to be perfect and I usually knew exactly what I had done to deserve that criticism. I hated sending thank-yous to my grandma and aunt in France (I’m half French on my mom’s side) after Christmas because I felt that [...]

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful

By | February 16th, 2017|Self Improvement|

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful by Sylvia Inks, author of Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur Preparing for April 15 Tax Day is not always easy or fun, but what happens if you just launched a book and have book sales?  The biggest mistakes that most authors [...]

Why I Don’t Like to Garden or Cook

By | February 4th, 2017|Creativity|

When I moved away from home after living with my parents for four years my mom gave me a variety of cacti and succulents as parting gifts. Mom figured I couldn’t kill a cactus, but I killed all of them by overwatering them or leaving them out in too much shade. Even as our relationship [...]

Alice’s HEROES WITHOUT CAPES is reviewed in the NC Literary Review 2017

By | January 31st, 2017|News|

I'm honored to be included in North Carolina Literary Review 2017--what a fabulous, insightful review of HEROES WITHOUT CAPES by Laura Sloan Patterson! Check out the journal HERE  My review starts on p. 115

Alice and Her Music Got On TV Inauguration Day

By | January 31st, 2017|News|

While Alice Performed at Third Friday Durham at the Parlour in Durham she got on TV! Alice on TV January 20, 2017 WRAL video clip from Jan 20, 2017   Location:  The Parlour, 117 Market St., Durham, NC 27701 Friday, January 20, 2017   Alice Osborn performed her special blend of roots and Americana music [...]

Don’t Leave Cookies On the Table!

By | January 23rd, 2017|Networking|

Do you ask for the sale/opportunity? Every time? Or do you think, “That’s too much trouble and they’ll say ‘no’ anyway.” These last 10 days I’ve chosen to ask for the sale since I don’t want to be saddled with 15 cartons of Girl Scout cookies. You see, my third grade daughter, Erin, chose a [...]

4 Lessons from Alexander Hamilton

By | January 12th, 2017|Self Improvement|

Today was Alexander Hamilton’s 252nd birthday; he was born January 11, 1755 on the little Caribbean island of Nevis. This founding father, who didn’t have much of a father and arrived in New York at age 17 by himself, became George Washington’s right-hand man during the American Revolution, engineered the American economy, wrote 51 of [...]