The Human Pipeline

I met Rainer Bantau a few years ago through the Writers Guild of Texas, and got to know him better as we worked on projects as members of the WGT Board of Directors. I love his sense of humor, his heart for service, his desire to bring out the best in others, and his dedication … Continue reading The Human Pipeline

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5 Years, 100 Posts, and Chocolate

On one hand, it’s not like I ran a marathon. But then again, it kind of is. Today is the fifth anniversary and my one-hundredth post on Unleashing the Next Chapter. Part of me wants to celebrate with champagne and chocolate, and part of me wants to treat it like just another post. If I’ve … Continue reading 5 Years, 100 Posts, and Chocolate

But you look normal…

Most things in life are both good and bad. Cliché but true, there are two sides to every coin. Here’s the one that makes me the craziest: "But you look normal. " So, two things: 1. I'm not. I have survived strokes. Strokes, with an “s,” plural, at least five that we know of. The … Continue reading But you look normal…

Writing Fiction is Scary

There, I said it. Besides the fact that it’s hard work to keep creating stories, putting those ideas on paper in a format that others can access (from my mind to the your mind…sounds rather like a Vulcan mind meld), and then the required platform building and marketing… Most readers don’t understand that fiction writers, … Continue reading Writing Fiction is Scary

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

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