O is for Obstacles

I find we as writers have a tendency to put obstacles in the way of our writing. Whether we admit to it or not, they are there. Sometimes it is a physical obstacle. Over extending ourselves to the point of having no time whatsoever to write. Following the proverbial rabbit down the hole we call […]

N is for Neville

I bet most of you thought I was going to talk about Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series but alas, although he was one of my favorite characters, especially played by Matthew Lewis, it is not the Neville I speak of. When I was in my second year of college I was introduced to […]

M is for Mountain

There are beautiful mountains all over the world. I live in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, have seen the snow covered mountain ranges of Alaska, and stood at the base of the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps. But none have my heart as much as the mountain of my youth. I grew up at the […]

L is for Library

Some of my earliest memories (besides digging in the dirt with my best friend) are of my mother taking me to the library. I would race to the shelves and dig through the stacks to find my favorite books. One in particular, called Molly’s Moe, I must have checked out at least once every other […]

K is for Kindred Spirits

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Ok I admit it. I’m an Anne of Green Gables nerd. It is one of my favorite book series and I absolutely love […]

J is for Juggling

Finding time to write while working full time, having an active child, a second job doing consulting work, time for my hubby, and all the other interests I have is a juggling act to say the least. I have found that unfortunately some of the day to day interests I have need to be kicked […]

I is for Inspiration

I recently read an article about the top ten things publishers don’t want to hear in query letters. I was struck by the author pointing out that publishers don’t want to hear what inspired you to write the story. They must hear it a lot, so much so that it has lost credibility with them. […]

H is for Horse

When we first moved to the PNW, Liz wanted to get back into riding. She had about two years off while we lived in Utah. After some research, I started her at a local ranch taking lessons once a week. Everything went well for the the first few months, then we flew back to California […]

G is for Ghost

When I was about 12 or 13, I remember being fascinated with reading books on UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, ESP, the supernatural. I grew up in the town of Mt. Shasta. Some consider the mountain to be one of the spirtual wonders of the world. I grew up with people flooding into town to witness the […]

F is for Family

I’ve been participating in an Instagram challenge this month called #bookparty18. Each day there is a different prompt to post that is book related. Today’s prompt was a book with an awesome mom character. I posted a picture of A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball. What I like about this book is the way […]