Preying on Writers’ Dreams: “This Letter is an Advertisement”

Preying on Writers’ Dreams: “This Letter is an Advertisement”

Self-publishing is a big industry right now. Which means big money. But not necessarily for authors but for companies who sell self-publishing services to authors wanting to self-publish. One contender, Balboa Press has been calling my cell phone every month or so. Writers Beware. A class action complaint has been filed against Balboa Press’s parent company, Author Solutions, for its sketchy dealings that are bringing in the big bucks.

Burning Bright: A Poem of Faith

Burning Bright: A Poem of Faith

Ttoday was my church’s Ward Conference, a day of spiritual nourishment. It was just wonderful listening to my local leaders speak to us young adults on the topics that were of the greatest importance to us. Feeling more spiritually fed, and pondering some of the themes discussed today, I decided to try my hand at a poem. The following is the result:

How Great Shall Be Your Joy: My 4 Year Baptism Anniversary

How Great Shall Be Your Joy: My 4 Year Baptism Anniversary

Today was truly a joyous occasion for me. Today, Friday, March 7th, 2014, marks the 4 year anniversary of the day I entered the waters of baptism and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. To this day I know with every fiber of my being that decision to get baptized was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. That day, March 7th, 2010, I brought my own soul unto Christ, and I have never been more joyful!

Getting Things Done (GTD) – A Weekly Schedule System & Excel Template Download

Getting Things Done (GTD) – A Weekly Schedule System & Excel Template Download

**This post includes a Weekly GTD Schedule – Microsoft Excel Template Download.** I decided it’s time to try Getting Things Done in a more organized way. There are 4 major components to my personalized GTD system I am putting into place initially. 1) Identify 6-9 Major Areas of Life 2) List 10 Most Pressing Tasks Under Each Major Role/Area 3) Create A Weekly Schedule of Bucket Times To Stick To Each Week 4) Generate Mind-Dump Of EVERY Open Loop In Life. Once I had a plan of action, it was just a matter of putting it into place, but starting is always easier said than done….

Reopening My Box of Hope

Reopening My Box of Hope

Wouldn’t it be amazing if, during our darkest hour, we could reach under our bed and open up a box of hope? A “box of hope” could be a figurative thing that we reach inside ourselves or out to God to find. But sometimes you need something more. Sometimes you need a literal box of hope. And that is just what I created for myself during my darkest hour.

Completing the Particulars

Completing the Particulars

Ninety thousand one hundred and ninety words after starting, I completed the first draft my second novel The Particulars.  The final two words were “the” and “end”.  Yes I know I’m a tease (there’s a real excerpt at the end of this...
Father’s Day Tribute

Father’s Day Tribute

When I was around seven years old, I went camping with my dad, and he took me fishing for the first time.  I was a tiny thing, and so when I hooked my first fish, it was so strong it lifted me right off my feet and started to pull me right into the raging river.  My...
Novel Progress

Novel Progress

I’m excited to announce that I finished the first draft of my novel, The Riddlebane Chronicles, last week!  It’s been a long time coming.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when I began this novel writing journey.  I suppose you could say that it started...
Living in Possibility

Living in Possibility

The more I experience life the more I get that my life is mine to create.  And I’m learning that what my life gets created as is a very function of who I am being in life.  So if I’m being a person who sees herself as a victim of circumstance, I will end...
Writing Ideas

Writing Ideas

I often get asked where my ideas for my stories come from.  I never feel like I can adequately answer this question.  In fact, I find the whole question frustrating.  I want to shake the person who asked me and yell at them, “Look around!  There are ideas...
Avoiding Writer’s Guilt

Avoiding Writer’s Guilt

Writer’s guilt.  That horrible feeling when you experience when you fail to write.  I’ve long struggled with writers guilt subsequent to writing only sporadically.  But as I approach the end of the first draft of my first novel, I’m finally getting...