Friday, August 21, 2015

Moved Away: Nobody Lives Here

I've lived at this blog address since 2007. I'm sad to move away but people keep telling me I need a website, a landing page—something more, so I've taken a step in that direction. You can find me at:

Big plans in the works: I’ll be sending out a quarterly newsletter so if you have any interest in keeping up with me, hop on over to my new abode and sign up for it. I promise not to pepper your in-box—just a little news now and then, tips, markets and words of encouragement.

My friend Heather K. Duff at Oxblaze Media and Marketing did my website. She's also a ghost writer, copywriter, songwriter and so much more. I'll be posting with her periodically at

I'll have to educate myself with WordPress. That doesn't excite me at all but I'll give it my best shot. Hey, don't be surprised if I decide to move back here someday.

It’s been fun, my peeps. I hope you’ll join me at the new digs.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Only 99 Cents

I wrote The Last Daughter while living in Yukon, Oklahoma.
I met a friend at the Mustang Library and we would write for four hours at a time.
Libraries have great writing vibes.
Until Friday of this week, The Last Daughter is only 99 cents.

If you read The Last Daughter,
please leave an honest review on Amazon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Today is IWSG Day because it's the first Wednesday in August.  IWSG stands for Insecure Writers Support Group and was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  You can follow other IWSG members here or on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG. We also have a Facebook pageThe purpose of IWSG is to share and encourage, so today I plan to encourage.

I want you to take a look at what you've accomplished since our last IWSG day. Maybe you should jot a few notes to organize your thoughts. Accomplished a lot? Great! But what about all of you who have done nothing because of vacations, kids being home, sickness or surgeries? Don't feel bad. Life gets in the way sometimes, but honestly, we shouldn't let life get in the way ALL the time.

Ask yourself this question:

What do you truly want to achieve with your writing? Be realistic when you answer. Being a best selling writer is a realistic goal for someone who writes daily, wins contests and is actively studying and learning, but being published by one of the top five might not be  realistic for someone who only writes a few times every few months, never enters or wins a contest and doesn't revise according to critiques or feedback. We always need to learn and grow.

I'd like to suggest a writing/learning plan for those of you who aren't accomplishing anything.

Settle on one goal. You might want to finish your novel. When you reach the end, go through it again, do a little tweaking, then find beta readers or someone willing to critique. You can revise according to those comments you get from your readers. Oh, wait... you don't agree with any thing they said? Then Houston, we might have a problem. Put your pages away for a few weeks or even better, a few months while you delve into a really good how-to book. When you go back to your critiques, I'm certain you'll view them differently.

Or, your goal might be to write a few short pieces and get them out there. That's great: Identify your markets--print magazines or online literary journals. Study them by reading several months of back issues, including their guidelines. Then write. Find someone to read and give you a critique. Believe me when I say feedback is helpful. Revise accordingly.

I know I've said this to you a thousand times: making up our mind to do something is half the battle. We can be our own worst enemy or we can be our hero. We just need to decide on what we want to accomplish and let nothing or no one stand in our way as we plod toward our dream.

Here's an interesting quote from Natalie Goldberg. Take it to heart.

This is your life. You are responsible for it.
You will not live forever. Don't wait.

~ Natalie Goldberg

On another note, I'm speaking at the Texas Gulf Coast Mini-Conference on Saturday. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out:

Also, my novella, The Last Daughter, is only 99 cents. If you haven't read it, I'd love for you to grab a copy and then leave an honest review.

Good Writing!