I'm tying up the loose ends as social media manager for Bouchercon2019. There were over 1700 attendees. There were multiple panels, interviews, and activities happening simultaneously for almost four days at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. It was a wonderful job that allowed me to go in and out of all the sessions and events, but… Continue reading Bouchercon2019 Dallas Convention Highlights
I treasured postcards as a child! Partly because I wished I was traveling, too, and I wanted to see and know everything. Partly because I collected stamps and loved when friends used unique local or commemorative stamps rather than the generic ones. And, partly because it meant with all the fun and exciting things they… Continue reading Do you still send postcards?
Writing is a strange profession. I don't know many other careers where you're expected to publicly critique and review your colleagues' work. Usually I feel awkward doing that, especially when it's somebody I know, but this time it's a pleasure. Those of you who read the Unleashing February newsletter know that I intended to read… Continue reading Meet Author Kathleen Baldwin and her Stranje House series.
On New Year's Eve, I had only one writerly meeting or event on my calendar for all of January, and honestly I was feeling a bit lonely. Still transitioning from the move, and catching up from the busy-ness of the holidays, I was having all the feels... both good and bad. I decided to focus… Continue reading Focusing on the Process–Controlling the Work
This hashtag, #whyIwrite, has been floating around social media the last few weeks, and it got me thinking. Since TOMORROW is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo2017 (gasp! Are you ready?), and I intend to dedicate a minimum of fifty hours in the month of November in order to write 50k words on my book about service… Continue reading Last Minute NaNoWriMo Motivation–Discovering “Why I Write”
This past weekend was the culmination of six months of dreaming, planning, researching, and accomplishing a huge project for Dallas/Fort Worth writers. I have slept and thought for the last three days, and I think I can now summarize what I’ve learned… It all starts with an initial contact. I knew the writers in my… Continue reading Cactus & Kangaroos Wrap-up
For those who follow my social media, you probably recall posts about #dfwWORDfest. It was a huge event for writers in North Texas on April 8, 2017 at Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus in Hurst, TX. This one day event was planned for months by over a dozen people representing over a dozen different writers groups… Continue reading 8 Lessons from WORDfest
I’ve been struggling a little with motivation this past week. Thanks to storms moving in and out of our area, I’ve been fighting migraine attacks and my own pain storm. Using that downtime to take advantage of YouTube, podcasts, and other written social media, I’ve watched, listened to, and read many motivational leaders. Among my… Continue reading 40 Reasons: “Why Do You Write?” Challenge
If you're like me, you probably make the same resolution every year: this year, I'm finally going to write that book, proposal, grant, manual, or dissertation. Then you get stuck. Then you get busy. Then you give up. Sound familiar? It has been for me, too. So let's think about what we can do about… Continue reading Do you need a Writing Coach?
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