Words are…

Dumbledore is right! Words are one of our greatest powers. It’s up to us if we chose to use them for good or evil. It is my goal to put forth my best form of magic this year! Fingers and toes crossed !! How about you all? What are your goals for 2019?

Self-Editing Tips | Story Empire

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today. I’ve been in the editing mode of late. It never ceases to amaze me how many mistakes I find. I edit, then I send pages to my critique partners thinking I’ve got a pretty clean copy. They find other things I’ve missed. So, I edit some more. Whether you……

How To Master Show, Don’t Tell

Originally posted on K.M. Allan:
Ah, show, don’t tell. One of the most spouted pieces of writing advice, and one of the most confusing. When I first heard of it, I had no idea what it meant. Surely writing that my character “rose from her chair and walked across the room” was showing? Yes?…

The Beat Up Roasting Pan

Every couple of years I like to re-post this. It was my first published essay and also my first blog. It’s special to me, and every year it’s message rings true! What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Are you planning the big feast,trying to figure out how to prep the turkey, which this holiday revolves…

Building your author platform

Originally posted on The Cat's Write:
There are some truly wonderful and very comprehensive articles out there that discuss ‘how to build a successful author platform’ and also the many reasons why you should do so ASAP. But I’m just gonna keep it simple for you (and short), because simple and short has worked…

Luxurious Mountain Fall

Fall has been fantastic in Western North Carolina this year. And I love everything about it! I love the sensation of a cool breeze on my skin and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. I enjoy long walks with my dog and cat ( yes cat) looking up into the boughs of autumnal colored…

How to Ditch Writer’s Guilt and Write Now

Feel guilty about not writing enough, or about abandoning chores to write? You’re not alone. Here’s how to beat writer’s guilt and enjoy writing again. — Read on thewritepractice.com/writers-guilt/ This is my “commitment” selfie. Getting up at the crack of dawn with my coffee and attempting to be productive in my office. OFFICE HAIR DON’T…

Adventures in Volunteering:Community Garden

    I came across my third volunteering venue while working at the Community Table. I was busing tables when I looked up and saw a flyer for the Community Garden. I asked one the volunteers about it and they said they obtain a large portion of their donated produce from this resource.   So…

Adventures in Volunteering- PAWS

I’m almost half way through my adventures in volunteering. It came as no surprise that my experiences have been both rewarding and fun. What did surprise me was the difficulty I encountered getting scheduled at a volunteer venue. I knew I would have to work hard at making time to give my time. But I…

Open Road

 A blank page is like an open road– full of opportunities. ~ Cara Perciaccanto I had the pleasure of  listening to Terry Kay present at a writer’s seminar in Sylva, NC this past weekend. The sage author was full of helpful tips, witty banter and poignant one liners. The audience was sad to learn this…

Shared Post on Volunteerism

I plan to write about my take away from my first writer’s conference this weekend, but while my brain recoups, I wanted to share this post by Rach The Writer and Acha Harrison from Millionaire’s Digest about volunteerism. As I wrote on my blog in January here, I’ve set out on an adventure in volunteering…

A Question for Writers

  I’m having a writer’s crisis of conscious….   How do you all divide your week between work, family, friends and writing? What does the graph look like when you break it down into percentages?   As a wife with a full time job, the percentage I devote to writing each week varies but is…