Five Tips to Write for Life

There’s a thread weaving through Facebook that I’m enjoying these days. Writers from all walks of life are sharing their top five writing tips and secrets, and then they challenge another five writers to do the same. I’ve been following the threads like a hound chasing rabbits, loving the snippets of insight and advice from the authors that I admire. … Read More

How to Stop Facebook’s Shenanigans From Keeping You From Your Tribe.

I was talking to a friend today about Facebook’s crackdown on using personal pages for business. For those outside the writing community, I’m sure you may not think this is a big deal. But for every entrepreneur out there, it’s a game-changer. Last year, Facebook scaled back a business pages’ reach, meaning only a few people could see posts containing URLs … Read More

2018–The Year of Control

It’s once again the first of January. As you know, instead of creating a New Year’s Resolution, I take one word, one concept, and focus on that. I’ve been blogging about this since I started this writing journey eight years ago. (Holy smokes–where has the time gone?) If you’re new, here’s a rundown of years past: 2010 The Year of Courage. I … Read More

Chimis With A Twist

If you’ve read anything on this blog this past year, you’ve probably run across a BGDIR article or two. It’s no secret that I’m half the size I used to be, thanks to Jack and Jasinda Wilder. 🙂 I don’t plan on ever going back to the sugar/processed carb insanity that held me prisoner for years, but I will admit … Read More

Symbolic Sunday–Why is Kailmeyra’s Moon Purple?

One of the most challenging aspects of making a different world is finding a way to infuse fiction into reality. Readers must be able to navigate through the story without being bogged down by unfamiliar places and lengthy descriptions. Weaving familiar images into fantasy serves as an anchor, giving the reader a visual they’ve experienced. When creating Kailmeyra, I wanted distinctive … Read More

Symbolic Sunday- What’s Up With Oak Trees?

The relationship between humans and trees is symbiotic as we both produce gasses than enables to the other to exist. Tree worship was common among early pagan cultures and have often been given profound and sacred meanings throughout the ages. The Biblical Tree of Knowledge and Tree of Life are part of the Christain, Judeo beliefs. Norse mythology held the … Read More

Symbolic Sunday- Why is Kailmeyra’s Portal in Water?

Since the beginning of time, water has symbolized sanctity, change, and washing away the old. Every ancient culture/religion I studied views water in a similar vein. And so, when Nora pours out her intent and asks for forgiveness, I could think of nothing that would be more appropriate than to have her submerged in water. It only seemed right that … Read More

Fear Blog Hop Giveaway!

Welcome to the first ever Pages of Fear blog hop. It’s a pre-Halloween event celebrating authors who like to fright and delight with their writing. As you progress through the twenty-eight blogs/websites, you’ll learn about authors you may already know and be introduced to some new ones. Everyone loves the opportunity to get something free. All of the authors have … Read More

Social Marketing 101: Four Author No-no’s on Twitter

Most of you know that for the past six years or so I’ve been consulting authors on social marketing and branding. And what I’ve learned is that authors, both traditional and indie, don’t understand how to use social media, nor the power it can have on their bottom line. Here’s the thing: Social networks are designed to build relationships, not sell products.  Let … Read More

Three Recipes That’ll Spice Up Your Life

I love spicy food, almost as much as the sweet stuff. The good news is there are a ton of recipes that have a little kick and are still good for you. Here are a few of my favs. Be sure to click on the pic for the original recipe. #1 One Skillet Chicken with Fiesta Cream Sauce Little Spice … Read More