Cultivate Writing Bliss

When was the last time you felt excited like the woman in the photo? If you’re like many of the people I see posting about being stuck in a sort of Groundhog Day, it’s probably been a while. You may have even forgotten what this feels like. A moment...

Dear Baby, Don’t Abandon an Idea out of Fear of Failure

Dear Baby, You got your first bike, a pink radio flyer tricycle, for Christmas when you were about 3. It was an adjustable one that would grow as you got bigger. You had no idea how to use the pedals to make it go. But that didn’t stop you...

Sewing Dragons

My daughter asked me to make this dragon for her back in January. It was supposed to be a Valentine’s present, but I got behind. I’m used to sewing teddy bears, so much so, I don’t have to read the patterns anymore. However, this dragon was a bit tricky....

The Caravan (post-apocalyptic novelette)

Corey didn’t want to leave the city, even with its stench of death and decay, but The General wasn’t someone to argue with. And, his mother had already signed the papers agreeing to become the new teacher at the outpost. Corey sighed knowing the General would either beat him...

Business Writing Tips

Business writing is both harder and easier than you think. First, business writing includes formal letters on letterhead as well as a quick email. That email you sent to your co-worker asking if she knew where the copy paper was, that too is business writing. Unless you’re in marketing,...

Time Management for Writers

I don’t want to give you the opinion I’m a time management expert. I’m not even close. But I have found a few things that work for me that I’d like to pass along. First, I’d like to suggest watching Laura Vanderkam’s Ted talk. I love her take on...

Too Tired to Write

The biggest reason I don’t write as often as I should is that many nights I’m too tired to write. It’s frustrating to read about other writers who stay up until 4 in the morning or people who give up everything so they have time to write. I seriously...

Dealing with Feedback

Dealing with feedback is something we have to master if we dream of becoming a published writer. It’s inevitable that at some point you have to release your writing into the wild. Which means someone will read your work and possibly leave feedback. And we know anonymous people on...

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Young Adult Fiction Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell 336 pp. St. Martain’s Press $18.99 I confess that I listened to this audiobook and didn’t read a physical copy. The story is the same, but sometimes the voice actors give a book an added emotional element. Eleanor & Park...

Dear Baby – First letter in new series

Dear Baby, I can hear you groaning at this whole letter thing. You’re probably rolling your eyes and shrugging it off as either dumb or embarrassing. But I’m hoping on some level, you secretly love it. As a writer, my mind goes places I sometimes wish it didn’t. But...