Everyone Struggles but Gratitude Can Help

This year, more than others in recent memory, has been plagued with struggles of unique and troublesome sorts for our nation and community. In the midst of this, giving up might seem expedient but I suggest giving thanks instead. It’s been awhile since my year of gratitude (that was 2016), but those #366DaysofGratitude taught me …

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Perfect Father? How About We Call Him Ideal?

Father’s Day is only a few days away, and I’ll admit I haven’t celebrated it with my dad – ever – but I look forward to my sons celebrating it with THEIR dad every year. We do the family barbecue thing. You know, with the dad doing the grilling. Because that’s his thing, and unlike …

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When an Idea Comes to Roost and My Anniversary Trip

As an author, my overactive imagination is essential. While we were on vacation, several new story ideas prompted me to spend time on my tablet writing. If you’ve been following my blog, you know this is EXCELLENT and long-awaited news. This year, we spent our anniversary in Central Oregon and I’ll need to recount some …

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How I Stub My Toe on Genre

During this season of rest, I’ve been experimenting writing various genres, hoping something will incite my passion for writing once more. This exercise revealed a few truths; the first: genre is a rock bent on stubbing my writing muscles. I already knew this. I learned it in various ways: Creating a brand for my website …

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Writing from the Keyboard’s Perspective

The keyboard sat quietly waiting for the fingers of its familiar friend. Over the past five years together, they’d sent nearly 1.5 million words from the nebulous universe of a creative soul onto paper. Sure, some of those words never left the computer files. But many of them had soared into the world of publishing …

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