8 Lessons from WORDfest

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

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40 Reasons: “Why Do You Write?” Challenge

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

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

#100DaysOfGratitude–Lessons Learned

Day 100: I am grateful for completing this challenge, for family through thick and thin, for the friends who spurred me on, for the kindness of a neighbor where I’m staying to let me sit in her yard and tap into her WiFi for a few minutes while she’s at work, for the healthcare workers … Continue reading #100DaysOfGratitude–Lessons Learned

Shining the Light on #ModernSlavery

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know that ending human-trafficking is a cause I am passionate about. Perhaps you wonder why this cause haunts me. Today seems like the right day to share what I have witnessed. My family moved to Kerrville, Texas in 1984. I was about to be a sophomore in … Continue reading Shining the Light on #ModernSlavery

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

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