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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.

Adventures Juggling Motherhood with Writing



Photo courtesy of Playground Theatre

Crazy as it sounds I've added to my already full plate by being in a show. I've enjoyed every minute of it. I'll let those of you who can't come out to see my performance this weekend know how it went and discuss some questions about writing vs. expressing yourself in other creative endeavors next Tuesday. But for those of you who can, please come out and support local community theatre by seeing "Murder Me Always." I promise it will be worth the price of a ticket. It's a light-hearted comedy where you get to help figure out whodunit. The performances are this Thursday (2/27), Friday (2/28), and Saturday (3/1) at 7 pm. Ticket prices are very reasonable at $7/adult and $4/child.


One of the biggest challenges as a parent is balancing your career and personal development as an individual with those of your children. As a stay-at-home mom building a career as a writer, this is especially difficult. On this page feel free to share your own journeys of personal growth with me as I chronicle my successes and failures in finding time to write while trying to raise creative, happy kids.


Well I must be doing pretty well at juggling my writing career with parenting. Both my kids got awards for making all A's the entire school year, and my daughter got a reading award again this year. My little boy is the second one from the left in the front row. He's the only one with a curled award certificate in his hand and my daughter is the one in the back row on the right in the tie dyed shirt. :) Cute little rascals that they are, I am one proud mama.

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  1. Mommylog Day 1:

    Who knew that learning all the latest social media tools in marketing your own brand/small business would take the whole day. It was very motivational and informative. But it was also a lot to take in. Now I get to juggle tapping away at my keyboard with cooking and eating supper. On the kid front I got to hear lots of drama for both my second grader and sixth grader. Who needs Downton Abbey when you have children. What wonderful fodder I'm collecting for my fictional characters to torment them. Muhahahaha!

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  2. Oh, I could take up your whole page. My biggest thing is having the NIGHT as my time to work/write. I am not a NIGHT writer, but as a parent, that's usually when you have the most time to write--when the kids go to bed. I've been scheduling my parents to babysit, telling my husband I need time when he is off of work, and trying to get up before the toddler, but sometimes, it is just exhausting. :)

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    1. You are so strong to make NIGHT your prime writing time. I'm not sure my brain wouldn't be in too much of a fog to try writing then. Though I do often fall asleep thinking of one or more of my stories and adding scenes to them before I fall asleep. I'm just too lazy to click on the light and write it all down. ;)

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  3. Mommylog Day 3:

    I am playing around with the idea of sharing a daily super short story on twitter and trying to get my followers to add to it just to see what happens. I tried it on FB but didn't get a response.

    On the kid front things have been remarkably quiet the last day or so. I've also managed to be very productive in my writing. My house even looks relatively clean. I don't know what's happened. Maybe its the sunshine we keep having here.

    How is your week going? Let me hear from you.

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  4. Mommylog Day 4:

    Here is a fun way to procrastinate on that writing you should be doing. Check out a fun slideshow on Poets&Writers. Here is a pasted version of the link.

    http://www.pw.org/content/cozy_classics_slideshow

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  5. Mommylog Day ? Who knows:

    So last weekend when it still felt like spring, (Mar. 16th to be exact) I decided to do a little light spring cleaning. I took the flannel sheets off my bed and put some regular cotton sheets on instead. Light green ones. Then I went to get out my favorite comforter that I like to put on the bed in early spring. Its a down filled comforter with crocheted flowers on it. It would make the room look bright and spring-like. When I went to get the comforter out of the top of the closet I found that mice had been living in all my blankets and comforters. YUCK.

    The light spring cleaning became a full on cleaning of all the blankets and comforters. Thank goodness it was a warm and breezy day. I could hang some of them out on the clothesline to dry. This then led to vacuuming all the carpets, cleaning the vacuum filter when it mysteriously stopped running. Drying said vacuum filter with the hair dryer so I could use the vacuum again. Then picking up the area rugs in the kitchen to air them out after vacuuming, only to find I had to clean one because the puppy I was watching for someone had piddled on it. Then it was time to sweep and clean the kitchen floor too, because the piddle had soaked through.

    And people often wonder what I do with all my spare time being at home. I am blessed to have the time at home to deal with these sorts of domino affects. But it makes having the energy to write or put heart into your characters hard sometimes. So how to meet the challenge? Smile and think of all the types of domino affects you can give your characters. Turn that series of small misfortunes or accidents into an adventure. Then hide in the bathroom if you have to, pretend to take a bath, or maybe really take a bath with the door locked. Keep a notebook handy near the tub and close your eyes and imagine the incredible journey that lucky character is about to have...

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  6. Mommylog Day (I've lost track): So far in our summer adventures and fun, we've gone swimming at the pool twice, done a movie double feature (Iron Man 3 and Epic), and been to a block party in downtown Williamsburg. This week is my birthday week and Father's Day. I anticipate loads of fun stuff to do this week too.

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  7. Mommylog Day 40 of 2014: I absolutely love this post on helping kids grow their vocabulary. Here is the pasted link.

    http://www.glimmertrain.com/b85sipe.html

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