Author Crush!

          My life is so busy right now, I end up walking around in a sleep-deprived fog more days than not. I am working nights, 11 pm to 7 am, in a nursing home about an hour from where I live. I am also attending college, carrying a full course load. I started out working full-time, but have dropped down to part-time. Even so, I there are times when it is all I can do to get through the night-days. Sometimes I forget or miss things. Or I’m late. That’s what happened last week. And last month.

          February at Routines For Writers is Author Crush Month. This is the month we invite authors we admire to guest blog with us. Normally, I would be introducing a few of those guest authors. This year, though, I procrastinated and didn’t send out invitations soon enough. I still planned to introduce you to several of the authors who have influenced my life this past year. Last week, though, I didn’t realize it was February. (Maybe I need to Discover how to use a calendar. 😉 )

          About a year ago I came across two books, both on the topic of abusive relationships “The Verbally Abusive Relationship,” by Patricia Evans and “Why Does He Do That? Inside the Mind of Angry Controlling Men,” by Lundy Bancroft. I have devoured scores of books and articles on this and related topics in the past eleven months. These two books, along with “In Sheep’s Clothing, Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People,” by George K. Simon, Jr and “The Emotionally Destructive Relationship,” by Leslie Vernick are the most readable, informative and helpful on this topic. I will be sharing more about these authors and their books in the next few weeks.

          (Well, not next week. Next week, Art Holcomb will be blogging with us. He’s a screenwriter and has written some wonderfully insightful guest blogs on Larry Brook’s He’ll be doing the same with us next week.)

          Now it’s time for me to head off to try to catch 15 winks before my next night-day begins.

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