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Pet Cemetery | The Inspiration behind the ...

Ghost Dogs - The inspiration behind the book

Last year while driving to a trade show in Utopia Texas I passed by an old sign that said something to the effect of “Hill Country’s Oldest Pet Cemetery”. As I continued to drive on this very long winding Texas road I started thinking to myself how Stephen King ruined it for everybody. His book […]

A picture is worth a thousand words…

First off, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope your day is as perfect as this picture. That being said, I’ve been asked to give some more writing points so here is one: description is key.  A writer is supposed to paint a picture with their words and here is a great way to practice that. Take […]

All authors suffer from OCS

You are probably wondering what OCS is. It’s a coined diagnosis my husband gave me a while back. It stands for Only Child Syndrome. OCS sufferers are used to getting their way. Without siblings to compete with, you ask for a new toy and get it, primarily because mom can afford one toy just not […]

10 Most Common Grammatical Mistakes

As an author (or reader) I see grammatical mistakes everywhere and cringe. While I see it primarily with friends, family, collages and fans – I cringe most when I see other authors doing it. Yes we edit our work – but I try incredibly hard NOT to make those mistakes (especially on social media) because the […]

The very substance of the ambitious is mer...

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of the dream. William Shakespeare I like that. Of course I do, I picked it to use. But think about it a second. My dream was to be a writer, to tell stories, just like William Shakespeare and it was my ambition to get those […]

I know I’m in my own little world, but the...

As a writer how many times have you thought this? The worlds I create, that I escape to are so cool! I am not me, boring little me. I am super-human, perfectness that everybody loves. I can do amazing things, I can kick-butt! I tell the students I talk to about writing: “Writing is magical! […]

Writing Poetry – A Child Shall Lead ...

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The other day I received a phone call, completely out of the blue, from a very, very shy child in the Chicago area. She had been scouring the internet apparently looking for poetry and came across the below poem I had written for my mom for mother’s day quite some time ago. She began asking […]

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