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Writing On The Other Side of 50: Full Steam Ahead

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Now that I'm officially 50+ years old and AARP is knocking on my door, I went to that noisy place in my head where doubts, fears, wishes, dreams, and general malaise collide and bounce away to collide again. Maybe during one of those collisions, a silver ball like the ones in a pin ball machine rolled out from that cluttered, noisy mental space with a message meant only for me.

Should I embrace that message? Soak it up and enjoy every morsel? Or should I toss it aside because who has the energy to figure out life itself? Much less a life-affirming message to me.

Like I've done for past years, I started this one with goals. Nothing new. Writing and losing weight. Same sh*t, different day/year/decade.

Something was different this year, though. I'd had enough. Enough of what, I don't know. My mom had died last year. My kids were officially adults. My romance writing career was in the vapors. My weight was pushing unhealthy limits. And I needed something to happen, someth…

Slice of Life Spotlight: Phoenix Rising Dance And Fitness

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One of my goals with my new blog feature called Slice of Life spotlights is to show off the many interesting facets of authors' lives. Some people may perceive writers as two-dimensional with writing and possibly family life as the only interests. However, we have other passions, hobbies, and pursuits of happiness that are part of our lives. 
Meet Vivian Pounds-Gray (aka Vivi Dumas, author of paranormal romance) who is now the proud owner of Phoenix Rising Dance and Fitness (PRDF) in Frederick, MD.  Here's her personal journey to discovering another passion. (Note: Mention this blog and you will receive one free introductory class.)
What prompted your fitness focus?
Losing weight has been a goal for so long ever since I injured my back in 1995, but like so many, it was a struggle to find something that worked. I tried most diets and diet products that came on the market. I lost weight and gained it back. For a while, I kind of gave up. The weight loss life can be a roller coaster…