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I'm a published author of short fiction for kids and adults. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. I'm a former content writer for Spirit and Truth publishing on their Living the Word series. I've also worked as a paid book reviewer and as a student editor for The Louisville Review literary magazine. I'm a wife and mom to two great kids, three dogs, and a cat. I love books, movies, gardening, kids, and animals.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tips for Writing Dialogue

For those of you who struggle with dialogue in your stories, this blog by Meg Waite Clayton, lists 10 great suggestions that might help. At the end she also includes some fun quotes by well-known authors.

Meg's Top 10 Suggestions for Writing Dialogue

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Great Article on How to Promote Yourself on Social Media

Guy Kawasaki's 10 Social Media Tips for Authors at MediaShift

This was a great article that I saw on twitter posted by Dianna Graveman. Check it out! It's geared toward writers but the advice is useful to anyone promoting a business or platform with Social Media.

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Check out others fun links and posts I've added to some of my other pages too!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Familiar Sting of Rejection

So I was just told by my eleven year old that Dad was awesome. As an after-thought she added that I was awesome too. That sort of careless comment stings. But as a writer its a feeling that you become more than just a little familiar with.

We spend so much time in our heads as writers that sometimes we forget that to others we might seem a bit odd. Whether you write full-time or part-time you often get a similar response from people when you tell them you're a writer. That oh, that's cool, reaction and then an awkward silence. Its even worse when you get a pass on your query for your writing that follows the same vein as my daughter's comment. Your work was good, has its strengths even, but just isn't right for that editor or agent now. In other words you might be nice, but someone else was truly awesome.

So how do you turn that sting or those hurt feelings into something positive? As writers we live with our feelings close to the surface. If we didn't where would we draw from to bring our stories to life. That can make it very hard to face rejection. You might be asking yourself right now why keep at it? What is the point of going on with this hard, maddening, sometimes impossible art form known as writing?

Because of the way writing that next story, working on that new project makes you feel. First maybe comes the germ of an idea or a character that seems so real to you they could just walk right out of your imagination into the world. The excitement and joy of discovery are almost like first love all over again. Only this time you get to write the ending, you get to be in charge of fate. This is your world and you get to reign supreme. Heady stuff.

Then the final chapter comes, the rewrite is complete, and you have to convince others to love your story as much as you do. It is a daunting, scary task. But maybe its a good journey to navigate. Much as we'd like to, we can't live in our heads forever. If we lost touch with reality our characters and worlds would too. So maybe the positive about rejection is the pain itself. The learning curve that forces us to crash back down to earth and figure out what next. In order to write stories that make people feel we have to first feel the full spectrum of emotions ourselves. To make a good story you have to have a protagonist that suffers and in someway changes and learns something in the end. How can we ask our imaginary creations to do that if we can't hack it first?

So go out there and fall in love again and remember that feeling when you have to fight for your story in the real world. And hopefully you won't have to do anything as hard as what you just made your characters suffer through.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Great Book by a wonderful author and friend

Here is a great mystery/thriller that has just be re-released as an ebook. It is by author Bonnie Hearn Hill a wonderful author and friend.

Helpful and Interesting Links for Writers

Here is one for a writing retreat that sounds lovely.


Here is one for a FREE Master Class in Creative Writing


Also check out this great resource and newsletter for writers where I found a lot of this terrific information


Demo Garden Last Spring

All the beautiful sunshine out there is making me antsy to get out there and work the soil. Hope we have this kind of weather next Tues. when we are actually scheduled to work.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Do you ever feel like this at the end of a long day?

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my new blog as a writer, mom, and active community volunteer. I hope to share my own personal journey with you as a published author of short fiction and a novelist who is also a busy mom and active volunteer in my community as a Master Gardener. I hope to build this site as a helpful tool and a supportive place to come to share stories of your own personal journeys as writers, parents, or gardeners.