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June 6, 2019

NYC Midnight Flash Fiction 2018 - Round Two 1000 Word Max - 1st Place

Prompts: Fairytale, Corn Field, Poodle

The “story behind the story” of Dorothy’s magical trip to Oz as seen by her sister Emma (who no one ever talks about).

Once upon a time there was a girl named Dorothy who was whisked away to a magical land called Oz. No doubt you have heard her story. But did you know that Dorothy had a sister named Emma who was as different from her as oil is to vinegar? Dorothy was a ha...

June 6, 2019

Writer's Weekly 24 Hour Short Story Contest - Spring 2019 - 1000 Word (prompt) 

Winner: Grab Bag Prize

The air pressure changed suddenly, and the wind began to wail. Yawning to pop her ears, she glanced out the cabin window, and saw dark purple storm clouds racing over the hill. Remembering the puppy was still outside, she ran to the door, and called him. When he didn't appear, she quickly walked outside and found him frantically digging at the dirt near the rickety fence. She...

June 6, 2019

2018 was a blur for me and here we are, halfway through with 2019. Looking over my last post (so long ago) which laid out the four areas I wanted to focus on in 2018, I realized that I did accomplish some of what I set out for. 

One of my goals was to focus on writing 500 words a day with an accountability partner, hoping to finish my second book in the Prudence series. While I did not stick to the daily word count goal, I do feel like I accomplished a lot in this area. I foun...

October 20, 2017

I know that this blog was intended to discuss “all things writing”. But I am taking a little liberty to include this tribute to my Mom as she was so proud of my writing and my book. She continually took opportunities to mention it to everyone around her, even the hospital staff she spent so much time with in the last months of her life.

Over the years I have had occasion to sit with friends who have experienced the loss of a loved one and to remind them to extend grace to them...

October 18, 2017

One of my writing mentors recently asked me to define my “worldview”….a kind of author’s manifesto if you like. It took me awhile but I think I finally boiled down the core of my particular message from my unique way of looking at the world to one sentence that will help me build upon all other “messages” (blog posts, articles, etc) that I produce. 

Although this does not specifically pertain to the children’s fiction that I write, as I build that core message out, I am findin...

September 16, 2017

Let me just apologize upfront for the lack of new content on the site for awhile. The last 4 months have been a whirlwind of activity with significant highs and lows. 

The end of summer brought days of visitors from near and far, preparation, shopping, showers and rehearsals culminating in the Labor Day wedding of my daughter. The day of the actual event went perfectly, full of sunshine and beauty at our local botanical garden. We will have those wonderful memories for a lifet...

May 31, 2017

My first children’s book was finally released. Prudence’s Prize-Winning Pie was officially launched May 25th, 2017 across all of the big online retailers. It was a very exciting moment for me and a long time coming. I started writing the story back in 2006. Final edits were completed in 2009. And then I began the long years of shopping the book to publishers and literary agents.  Granted, there were periods of time in the midst of all of that where I just let the book sit on...

May 1, 2017

I’m a big fan of instruction manuals. You give me step by step instructions on just about any subject and I can complete the task. And the age of the internet has made it even easier. Google is my friend - on a daily basis I google anything from how to make the perfect baked potato to how to check the oil level in my car.

However because information is so readily available, I have become short on grace for myself and others in the area of making mistakes. Research in order to...

April 26, 2017

I have always been fascinated by the opposite personality extremes of Tigger and Eeyore. I am sure my fascination centers around the fact that I often feel both extremes exist within me…and they are NOT friendly to one another. It is sometimes with quiet apprehension that I wake up and wonder who will “show up to the party” today.

Tigger will burst on the scene and barge right into the middle of whatever is going on, invited or not. He loves a party and does not see beyond his...

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Welcome! Some days I just need a place to jot down my little musings so you may not find a ryhme or reason to the topics.


And lately I have been enjoying mingling with the writer's contest crowd, submitting anything from fiction, poetry, sci-fi, etc... so you will likely find some of those here as well.


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