Sacrificing produce for "The Dream"

I've submitted the manuscript for my first book to my publisher. I'm working on bolstering my author platforms ahead of its release in...

The Journal

As a writer, I have many notebooks and journals, scraps of paper, and notepads of assorted sizes filled with thoughts, ideas, and...

Behind the Announcement

It was gloriously nerve-wracking and surreal to create and post my Big Announcement video. Surrounded by my family, I signed and...

The Exclusive

On my journey to secure literary representation so that I may realize my dreams of becoming a traditionally published writer, I shied...

Mother's Day float postponed

Every year since we installed the pool, I've celebrated Mother's Day by floating on the crystal clear water in a floatie chair. Whether...

Super special stick

I’d like to introduce you to a super special stick. For months, this particular stick lived among many other sticks as well as leaves,...

Great day for a bicycle ride

If you read my newsletters, you know I bought myself a bicycle. It's a rose gold cruiser with a basket, saddlebags, a water holder, and a...

Boomerang home gym

In olden times, when I was on the brink of adulthood, parents like mine went through what was called Empty Nest Syndrome. It happened...

Believe in the Double Eve

Christmas Eve Eve is my favorite day of the season. Because I grew up observing Christmas, December 23 has always been the most magical...

Santa and the Pandemic

Now that it's December, I've been thinking a lot about Santa. He comes to our house every year, but we're in the middle of a pandemic. No...

The decision to NaNoWriMo in 2020

For three straight years, I won NaNoWriMo, which is to say I wrote at least 50,000 words between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 (National Novel...

Authors helping book shops

Writing is certainly a passion of mine, but I also adore the editorial process. For six years, one of my duties with an advertising firm...

The magic of letter writing

My first pen pal was my cousin. We were 4 years old. The content was simple—How are you? I'm fine. The process was magical—writing my...

Shades of gray...and platinum

About a month ago, on July 3, I went to my first hair appointment since March. When I sat in that seat facing the giant mirror, four...

Ruby and the three gardenia photos

As an introduction to my forthcoming occasional photo blogs, I offer the three photos that created a newer, stronger bond between Ruby and

Spirit of Ink retreat: day 7 prompt

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders meant the cancellation of a writers beach retreat I'd planned to attend at the end of March....

Five lessons from the new normal

Our lives have been interrupted and the world as we knew it changed abruptly and dramatically over the past month. As with any life...

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