Miscellaneous

How We Honor Women

Today is International Women’s Day, observed since 1909, recognized by the United Nations in 1975. While scouring my mother-in-law’s kitchen sink this afternoon, I had my own realization about women and how we care for each other. It made me nostalgic, sad, proud, and concerned all at the same time. Soon after I became a… Continue reading How We Honor Women

Reading and Writing

Book Sales … thoughts and questions

Family, Friends, Romans, all y’all, lend me your ear… Now that Topaz has your attention… As I was sharing my publishing goals for this summer with a friend last night, we got on the topic of book marketing. Wait, don’t leave! I need to set this up so I can ask your opinion. Yes, all y’all… Continue reading Book Sales … thoughts and questions

My Life

A Study Deferred

At the risk of being melodramatic, let me quote Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (ESV) Let me also warn you that this post is going to be heavy on the pictures. Since my first visit to the Milwaukee Public Library with my mom,… Continue reading A Study Deferred

Miscellaneous

What’s keeping you from soaring?

Do you ever feel like your creative endeavor isn’t worth the effort because you’ll never be as good at it as others are? You are not alone! This is something I struggle with more than anything else. I am competitive by nature, and was raised with the marching order: “If you’re going to do it,… Continue reading What’s keeping you from soaring?

Writerly Life

Happy Fourth Anniversary Elevator Pitch

The traditional fourth anniversary gift is fruit or flowers, and the modern gift is appliances. This vegan is always happy to eat more fruit and look at beautiful flowers. As for appliances, other than a Vitamix for my kitchen, I think I'm good...but then again those ads for the new Samsung Note7 are calling to… Continue reading Happy Fourth Anniversary Elevator Pitch

My Life

Planning~~Laughing~~Writing

Recently I was challenged to tell my life story in six words. Being a novel writer who loves details, this was more than a little daunting. I think I finally figured it out. I make plans and God laughs. I am a planner. Since childhood. I enjoy working out details, crafting goals, and anticipating the… Continue reading Planning~~Laughing~~Writing

Writerly Life

Take-aways from the Influence and Impact Summit

I love to learn! I often tell my students that no day is wasted if you learn three new things. I try to live by that also. These days, learning for me takes the form of reading, researching, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. This past week I was fortunate to attend the online Influence… Continue reading Take-aways from the Influence and Impact Summit

Reading and Writing

Using SRT and Intentional Blogging

This is my first blog post using speech recognition technology (SRT) as my means of writing. After posting a picture of my notebook and workspace by the pool last week, I received a comment expressing surprise that I still wrote by hand. How fortunate are we today that we have so many tools at our disposal,… Continue reading Using SRT and Intentional Blogging

Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing Frustrations

I'm frustrated. With myself. sigh... I am a writer. I love to write. But I also love to read. These days I find more of my time is being spent in reading about writing, reading blogs by other writers, and reading for my own pleasure and research than I do actually writing. Who would've ever… Continue reading Reading and Writing Frustrations

My Life

Reflecting on 2014 goals…

It's New Year's Eve. Usually this is the day I spend gearing up and getting ready to launch my new goals. Today is different because I didn't accomplish a single, not one SINGLE, goal that I set for 2014. And they were excellent goals. I put a lot of time, thought, and planning into my… Continue reading Reflecting on 2014 goals…