Everyday Inspiration: Day 2

October 2016 Assignment: Today, let’s write a list. Compiling a list is a way to let loose, unlock ideas, and free your mind. Today, write your own list on one of these topics: o Things I Like o Things I’ve Learned o Things I Wish o Things You’re Good At There are no rules,. . . I thought I’d take the “no rules” literally and make a list of a different, useful kind. Please let me know if you plan to use something as a springboard that inspired you from my topics, too. Share a link. I’d like to read what … Continue reading Everyday Inspiration: Day 2

Everyday Inspiration: Day 1

I signed up for a couple of blogging U. courses to help me get back into the swing of hammering out works from my office. Some of you might have noticed I spent a long time doing about everything else there was to do . . . I had parts to play (wife, friend, grandma, editor, and more editor, which put me behind the desk a lot but not on to any “new”creation.) I had places to see and thoughts to process. But even though I have projects unfinished and new ones to start, I must write. And so, I’ve … Continue reading Everyday Inspiration: Day 1

A Little Life Update and Adventure: Part 1

Hello all. I haven’t posted in a long while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy with life and writing related projects. I’ve been working hard. I hope to share some good news about a couple of writing projects real soon. We also have a brand spanking new grandson. Here he is saying his first hello to y’all. My husband took this photo about two hours after our grandson was born. He was born on October 30th and we drove through wind, slam-pouring rain, traffic galore and got lost twice before we found the hospital. What an adventure-filled night! … Continue reading A Little Life Update and Adventure: Part 1

The Home Office: Fall Clean Up

I’d like to welcome you to my office. The doorway frame remains unfinished–another project for another day, but come on in. My post have been few and far between these last few months. I worked so hard on book edits and formatting that I experienced severe eyestrain and made a visit to the eye doctor. A pair of new glasses should arrive sometime next week. And, Lord knows, there were ample household projects to separate me from the computer for a while, such as cleaning and reorganizing. September and October have been my months for cleaning and organizing the household … Continue reading The Home Office: Fall Clean Up

The Foibles of Phonetics and Dialect

How we pronounce words influences our ability to spell them correctly. I’ve moved around enough to pick up and combine a number of dialects. There have been times I’ve spelled a word so wrong that I cannot even find it in the dictionary. This is a highly embarrassing situation to find yourself in, especially in a work environment where people are watching your every move and wondering how come you haven’t finished typing the bosses letter yet. The word spelled is a case in point. By now, I know the correct way to spell spelled is spelled, yet I type … Continue reading The Foibles of Phonetics and Dialect

Making Your Book

Part of my job, as a writing coach, is to help people create the final product for their writings, the book. There are many ways to achieve this and how a writer goes about it depends upon the particular project their working on. There are templates available from book designers. The costs vary depending upon use, whether it’s personal, multi-book, or commercial. Do you want a template for a paperback or an eBook? What size will your book be? Are there graphics involved? How many? What kind of paper do you want? What type of binding? I’m going through Booklocker … Continue reading Making Your Book

Tend the Garden

Originally posted on Storyshucker:
A longtime friend commented during dinner that her next door neighbor’s son was on the path to nowhere and constantly in trouble. She thought herself clever referring to him as “a weed in the garden of life”. Although an avid fan of barbed words and wit, I found her comment harsh directed at a kid who was barely a teenager. He was dismissed and labeled as worthless. A weed. “But maybe he’s a pokeweed!” I said in a positive tone. She rolled her eyes. I recognized the look of resignation on her face. The look many… Continue reading Tend the Garden

Writing Life Stories

3/5/15 Hello all writers, especially those of you residing in Sequim! Classes for WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY begin Tuesday March 10th at 1p.m. (and every Tuesday thereafter during March) at Shipley Center. That’s right, four classes that run for 2 hours each. That’s enough time to cover a lot of subject matter. I’ll be blogging about things we’ll cover in those classes, so check back here on a weekly basis. Please send me any questions you have. I’d love to hear from you. I’m thrilled to be able to offer these classes and look forward to meeting some of you … Continue reading Writing Life Stories