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Dear Beta Readers: Half of the Scold of Jays beta manuscripts are in, and the feedback has been tremendously helpful! There were two issues I was worried about, and both concerns have been nullified by beta feedback. I’d like to just apologize in advance for...
Wilderness living is not without its challenges, but the rewards still vastly outweigh the difficulties.
It’s the middle of September already. I don’t know where the summer went. The leaves are changing at my house, and the temperatures have already dropped significantly. The apples are almost ready, and my thoughts are turning to winter preparations. The last few weeks...
It’s been a strange two weeks. While I’ve been productive in the sense of book plotting, I’ve been too exhausted and busy to get to my other creative outlets. I’m behind on everything. Emails piled up, and the to-do list is overflowing. Self-employment is a 24/7...
39th Note to Self Dear Athena, all that can be said about this year is “wow”. Just wow. To recap the last year, you bought a cottage in the middle of the woods, survived one of the hardest winters in the last twenty years on record, then quit your job with no security...
Why I Depend on Patronage to Continue Writing Patrons are amazing. They truly are. They’re generous and supportive, and having patrons is a built-in audience and community. Why does my work need patronage? The two primary reasons I depend on patrons are: I...
The summer has been blessedly mild so far. There have been a couple of scorcher days but not as many for the time of year as I was expecting. My area in the woods is well shaded, but the nearness to the creek, and the leaves keeping in air flow means my humidity can...
One of the strangest parts of being a full-time creative, is shaking the old rhythms off and embracing energy in its natural flow. For the years I’ve been working a forty for someone else, I’ve tried to wrap my creative efforts and writing around someone else’s...
Why Leave Reviews? As an indie writer and publisher, my longevity and sustainability is determined by audience. If I don’t have an audience buying books, I don’t have a future as a writer. Sure, there are a million other things I can do to earn a living, but it won’t...
I’ve been enjoying the Apothic wine lines. My favorite is the Apothic Dark, but they haven’t standardized their process yet, so it’s hit or miss if you’ll get one of the good bottles. The good bottles are plummy, with a hint of dark roasted coffee, dark cherry, and a...
I’ve been writing for twenty-five years, publishing for the last decade. My love of story and creativity has only grown more intense over time, as storytelling, communications and wrangling the imagination never cease to be a fulfilling challenge.
I split my time between creativity and artistic development, and the corporate world of regulatory work and process design, which keeps my left brain occupied and engaged so I don’t become creative heavy and topple over.
This blog is a new incarnation of my brand name. From here I am able to indulge my creative fancies and play with readers and creators all over the world. I love cooking, scrapbooking, book building, photography, polymer sculpting, writing and publishing. I get ideas from everyday life and living, from problems I encounter and dig my teeth in to puzzle out. I’m inspired by fellow artists, travel and nature and the human spirit.
I currently live on the Oregon Coast where I’m romanced daily by the extraordinary beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
The longest, most difficult lesson I’m consistently learning is to Trust the Story.
Please join the adventure!
These are the adventures, and misadventures of my life and learnings. Herein are the captures of my struggles, thoughts and dialogs – and they are not always “G- Rated” vignettes. They are often gritty, political, heartbreaking struggles in a world that frequently reflects sexism, oppression and more problem making than problem solving. I often confront these scenarios with actual human thoughts and words, which is occasionally less Disney than some might prefer.
I hereby reserve the right to post links to disturbing materials (always with warnings), swear like a drunken sailor, speak with my actual voice, tell my actual thoughts, respond to disrespectful commenters by deleting and blocking, and expose myself as I am; ink-stained, and covered in glitter, over-caffeinated and bursting with ideas.
Rules of the site:
Courtesy is general politeness and basic human decency. In an effort to promote change, positivity and healthy creative involvement in the world, I will remove all comments statements or complaints that do not pass the bare minimum of courteous dialog. Persistent offenders will be blocked and reported.
Suggestions and ideas are always welcome, in fact they are greatly appreciated. Constructive counsel, and healthy criticisms can create a dynamic positive friction from which evolution and new ideas occur.
The rules for constructive counsel and healthy criticism are as follows:
- Perspective – be clear you are only offering your personal perspective and/or cited reasons
- Depth – as in, surface complaints, nitpicks, passive aggressiveness and whining lack depth. True constructive counsel offers depth, reason and genuine reflection.