Trees and Writing

This is what happened to us a few weeks back. Driveway and back door to house blocked by tree branches. Storms bring destruction, like the above, with damage everywhere which has lasting effects. We are in a mess and are still trying to pull ourselves out of this. That is true about everything. We also…

Bankrupt: What do you do when your Publisher no Longer Exists?

You have two options – find another publisher or self-publish them. This is what I was faced with recently on two of my six books/anthologies. I decided to self-publish Seasons of the Soul and Lockets and Lanterns, because they were published years ago (Seasons of the Soul in 2006 and Lockets and Lanterns in 2012). I believe self-publishing is the right path to go…

Rejuvenate the Writing Soul

How do you rejuvenate a weary soul when you feel so lost for a long time? You do it by facing the problem and moving forward. I had to confront that type of problem this fall. For more than a year, my life was miserable. A health issue had plagued me. I tried to deny…

Your Gifts

“You have a great gift,” said the angel Clarence in the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Yes, you have. If you are a person of faith, you believe your talents come from God and you should not squander them. In the picture below, you can see what I recently created for a romance group’s Christmas…

A Trip in a Police Cruiser, Got me Thinking

Last week my husband and I trekked to Grand Island, Neb., to attend the state fair. Little did we know that day would end with a ride inside a police cruiser. No, we did not do anything wrong. In fact, the policeman took pity on us. Let me explain. Every year my husband and I…

Saying Good-Bye

         We all have those years we want to put behind us, and this year is one of those for me. It began with a series of deaths starting with my sister-in-law; my husband’s brother (who was married to the sister-in-law mentioned above); to the death of a colleague reporter I worked with years ago…

Are You an Open Book?

  Well, as a writer, you should be an open book at least to some extent. People want to get a sense of what type of person you are, your background, where you live and more. With my first book, Seasons of the Soul, which includes a spattering of personal accounts of my two different…

New Year Changes

I stepped into the New Year with trepidation as I awaited the installer of our new television and Internet provider to arrive. Is it not funny how these small-life changes can throw us for a loop? Well, it did for me. Change was in the air and was it really going to be better as…

Developing Effective Web sites

Ruth Ann Nordin and I just returned from a Heart of America Christian Networking conference. We had a wonderful time. The conference revitalized our faith and our writing. There were many workshops, and one of those was on how to develop an effective Web site. That workshop was facilitated by Jim Watkins of Wesleyan Publishing….

Having a Good Team

Just as a sport’s team needs to have good team work to win games so does the writer. With the finish of my sweet-Christian romance, Courtships and Carriages, I reflected on how much a good product stems from those behind the scenes. In other words, an author needs a good team. These include an eye-appealing…

The Facebook Scam Artist

As writers we need to be out there for people to reach and know about us. However, in this process, we also make ourselves vulnerable for scams. Last week, for example, I received a scam and wanted you to be aware of this in case you are targeted as well. The scam was quite prevalent…

The Phoenix Conference: Buildin’ the Dream

From left: Janet Syas Nitsick (me), Ruth Ann Nordin, Judy DeVries and Rose Gordon Flying away to Phoenix for a writing conference was one special time not only in what the conference offered but also in the flying experience. Never before had I flown first class. Dreamed about it but did not believe I would…