How Irish Dance Helps Me Get Out of My Own Way

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, [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Performing, Self Improvement|2 Comments

How to Read Your Poetry Like a Rock Star

Have you ever considered reading a poem at an open mic or at a luncheon, formal occasion or at church—poetry creates meaning from a sometimes meaningless world. You can either recite the poem or read it. Poetry can also inspire others to act and to change their minds—don’t we all want more of this? But [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Performing|2 Comments

10 Open Mic Do’s and Don’ts

I’ve had the pleasure of leading literary open mics in my writers’ community in Raleigh since 2009. After a few years’ break, I co-host the monthly Main Street Rag Raleigh Reading Series at So & So Books in downtown Raleigh a block from the historic Krispy Kreme.   I’m also been singing/playing a lot on [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Performing|1 Comment

How to Be Authentic

On Saturday morning I played my guitar and sang at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market for two solid hours. This was my first gig at the farmers’ market and I have four more already scheduled. It was a blast and next time I’ll even make sure the battery in my guitar works. On Sunday afternoon, [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Performing|16 Comments

Lesson from George Washington: Are You Wearing Your Brand?

Before he was famous, George Washington loved fashion and well-tailored breeches—especially when his pants weren’t too tight around his legs and butt. He knew that clothes made the man and he accepted his high laundry bill because if you look good, you feel good and those around you can feel your positive morale. When he [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Performing|12 Comments

10 Tips for a Perfect Poetry Reading

It’s almost April and that means it’s almost National Poetry month. Throughout this month, I’ll post a poetry-based blog post every week. And if you live in the Triangle, I’m teaching a poetry workshop on Sunday, April 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Page 158 Books in Wake Forest. Click on the link for [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|Performing|2 Comments

The Saga of My Right Foot

I am an adult Irish dancer. I took my first Irish dance class over two years ago and liked it so much I switched from a non-competitive to a competitive school, Trionoide Academy of Dance, last December. I never thought much of getting sports injuries because I already had a bad one: a very bad [...]

By | February 1st, 2016|Performing|16 Comments

5 Essential Road Trip Tips for Authors

  I just came back from driving six hours to the beach and back—all in the same day. This recent trip to teach Reiki and Writing made me realize that I have quite a few more road trips to undertake because my new book, Heroes without Capes is hitting the shelves in a few weeks! [...]

By | September 2nd, 2015|Creativity, Performing|0 Comments

How to Get Back into Writing After a Hiatus

How is writing like dancing? Well, both require a lot of determination, practice and talent. As an Irish dancer, I know this to be true. With dancing, as with writing, you get better the more you perform or send work out. You also get better the more open you are about trying new things and [...]

By | April 6th, 2015|Creativity, Performing|1 Comment

Calming the Butterflies: 5 Tips to Conquer Stage Fright

I’m thrilled to welcome my very good friend Dori Staehle of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, to Write from the Inside Out. Dori holds her MBA and is a very successful business coach/speaker/drum therapist/ADHD specialist. She'll also be a first-time author this year! In addition to these talents, Dori has booked bands for many years and today [...]

By | January 5th, 2015|Performing|0 Comments