As a bright-eyed and fairy tale-dreamer bride, I wanted one thing—to give my kids a sense of permanency, a sense of belonging to a place, to a community. Better yet, I wanted them to grow up and get married and bring their children and their grandchildren to our family home.
Think Father of the Bride circa 1991.
But this is life and not a dream. Things rarely work out the way we plan. … More No Going Back
You know those moments? The ones that alter your perspective so totally that your life is irrevocably changed?
I had one of those a few weeks ago.
Let me set the stage.
If you kept up with my Acts of Bravery challenge—one brave act every day—then you know I’ve had some health issues. Health issues I believed to be related to celiac disease. I’d tried everything to keep it under control—diet, exercise, mentally beating myself up—short of going to the doctor. But after another flare up so severe I missed my kids’ robotics tournament (my son’s last before he graduated high school) lying in bed with screaming gut pain, I realized I needed an expert’s help. … More Excuse Me. You Diagnosed Me With What?
“Constant change is here to stay,” an oft quoted and long displayed sign in my life.
But I prefer the stay and not the change. The tried and true versus the new. The carefully calm as opposed to adventurous.
And I contemplate this as I careen headlong, and far too fast, into the intersection of Grandparent Ave. and Hot Flash Blvd. Ai yi yi. … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: Kicking Up Change
My adversary—change—and my hatred of wasting time, gets me stuck in ruts. Deep ones. Sometimes I stand on my tip-toes to try to see out of them. Sometimes I sink to the bottom, burrow in, and make a day of it.
Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about. … More Acts of Bravery: How to Climb Out of that Rut!
Anyone who has known me for a length of time has heard me debate traditional publishing (getting my books printed with a New York publishing house with distribution to book stores across the nation) versus indie publishing (I become the publishing team for my books and distribute them through digital bookstores). It’s been a long, … More Acts of Bravery: 3 Reasons I Decided to Indie Publish
“This is going to make such a hilarious story!” At least, that’s what I tell myself when I have the choice to be brave or to bail out.
My second-grade teacher called me abnormally shy. She encouraged my mom to put me in a few clubs so I could learn social skills. My mom was astonished . . . … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: How Wonder Woman Band-Aids + Cheesy Theme Songs = Bravery
I’ve taken a long break from posting brave acts on Acts of Bravery. Twenty-one days from when I write this post to be exact. Sure I’ve posted here and there, but inconsistently. This wasn’t a conscious decision, it was more of a need. … More Strapping On My Superhero Cape: Time for More Bravery
Today, I’m interviewing Jami Amerine. I met Jami over a year ago at Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference. I sat down next to the coffee shop fireplace for a little R&R and Jami struck up a conversation. During which, she showed me the ropes of blogging (Canva, Hoot Suite, etc.). Since then, she has been a wealth of information and a cheerleader. Thank you so much for being here today, Jami! … More Ask an Author: Jami Amerine
Today, I’m interviewing Kristin Miller. I met Kristin a few months ago through a mutual writing friend (shout-out Deb Lee!). For me, it was love at first Facebook stalk. Since then Kristin has freely shared her industry knowledge, writing advice, and given so much of her time to answer my questions and listen to my crazy. I truly cannot thank her enough! … More Ask an Author: Kristin Miller
Every once in awhile I come across authors who are extraordinary. Their work operates in Technicolor, while my is doomed to malaise and grays. It makes me want to give up. To hang my hat up and let the masters do their work. … More How to Turn Envy Into Motivation