This review is long overdue, as I read the book months ago. I also should disclose that I read it mainly because, although I love mysteries, I had met Prakash Dighé through the Dallas, TX writing community and found him to be a very kind man who had lived an interesting life. I wanted to… Continue reading Not your typical police procedural…
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.
This is another blog post that started out as a Facebook status update, but grew too long, and seems appropriate for a blog post. Actually, this may be happening regularly for the next four to six weeks. Thank you to my personal Facebook friends for all your prayers and kind words. It's going to be… Continue reading … down she fell… now what?
Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected.… Continue reading Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation
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
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
I am a writer. That means I am compelled to write. It might be a journal, blog post, fiction, Bible study, Facebook status update, or even Tweet, but I must write. It's been this way since childhood. When other children were drawing pictures, I was using those jumbo crayons to write. It didn't bother me one… Continue reading 5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration
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
I have always been an insatiable reader. I don't even remember learning to read. I've always read everything that crossed my path, cereal boxes, books, newspapers, ingredient lists, every sign in every museum I've gone to... you get the idea. So imagine the horror of waking up after my second stroke and realizing I couldn't read.… Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~~Frederick Douglass I love that quote by Frederick Douglass, but also remember what Mark Twain said: "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." It broke my heart as a high school teacher to see minority students who had the same opportunities and… Continue reading READ! Literacy is the Key to Success