Christmas with a few favorite characters

Today we are looking in on our friends in Bannoch, Oregon, to see how they are planning to spend Christmas. Bunny (Bunny Elder Adventures series) is packing today for her trip to Boise, Idaho, where she will spend a white Christmas with … Continued

The power of feedback

I spent a decade working for county government. Government agencies seem to have a fondness for adopting team-building programs.One year our departmental theme was “You Matter”, a phrase meant to encourage us poor bureaucrats to feel less like cogs in … Continued

Thoughts on Reviews

Back in September of 2014, I posted this: Like many new independent authors, I was naive about the publishing and marketing world. I believed when an author wrote a book, if it was published and got good reviews, it meant … Continued

Looking ahead

You know that feeling when you’ve popped the last Christmas card or newsletter into the mail? That’s just how I feel, now that Cozy Christmas Sweets is published. Those short stories and favorite holiday recipes are my Christmas greetings to … Continued

New Release for Christmas

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We did it! Just in time for holiday reading. Every November some writers try to write a novel of 50,000 words in one month. I’ve never participated because I didn’t want the pressure. However, after my first book of short … Continued

Update on WIP and a New Author for you!

I’m closing in on the final draft of my Christmas card to you, Cozy Christmas Sweets, a book of short stories. I probably would have had it published by now, but I got carried away and added a recipe for … Continued

The Joy of Writing

Every month or so, I send a newsletter to the delightful folks who’ve subscribed to my updates. How do I know these folks are delightful? I know because they write back to me, sharing encouragement, suggestions, or just saying, “Hi!” … Continued

Making lemonade from life’s sour lemons

Many writers are introverts who internalize life’s ups and downs, rather than venting. Independent authors have an extra degree of separation because we work alone. Most of us are familiar with the old saying, “A burden shared is a burden … Continued

Writing by scenes

Every fiction writer has a unique process when composing a novel, but there are usually considered to be two main writer types; those who write “by the seat of their pants” just letting the words flow, and those who outline … Continued

Celebrating the spoken word

Readers and writers share a love of the written word. Today’s blog is celebrating the spoken word; when we lift the written words from the page with our voice for others to hear.   For those of you who enjoy … Continued

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