Freebie “Write Mighty Tight”

In many circumstances of a writer’s life, we are required to write tight. I don’t know about you, but I am a word-lover. I also have the gift of gab. That gift emerged while I learned the craft of communicating in writing. In the beginning of my writer’s journey, my critique group often slashed half…

Meet E.V. Sparrow

E.V. is a wife, mother, grandmother, and was a caregiver for her mom. Her friends and family describe her as imaginative, funny, and underestimated. View Sparrow’s CURRENT newsletter here to see what she’s been up to. Sign-up to follow her journey here Please view her Amazon Author Page amazon.com/author/evsparrow for all of Sparrow’s published short…

Thoughts of Mama

Yesterday, was one year since I said goodbye to you, Mama. I wanted to write about our goodbye, and decided I didn’t have the words. I understood your struggle more. #Alzheimers But, I thought of you all day. Thought of what I should write about you. Thought of your kind and gentle ways. Thought of…

Irish Cottage Artwork-Free Offer

While on my second trip to Ireland in 2002, I read a humorous Irish welcome sign pinned to the wall in Tony McGann’s pub in Doolin, County Clare. I created my own version of the sign as a free offer to encourage you to sign up for my newsletter, and to follow my blog, or…

Heartland Treasures

Terrific tally—thirteenth short story was published in a compilation with ten authors this week! It’s exciting because it’s a story my grandfather told. Critique group feedback, and the enjoyment of writing it clarified the lane, or genre for my debut novel series. Light bulb moment! South Dakota Foreman–Heartland Treasures, describes a young foreman, who hears…

Heartfelt Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, Mama. I thought of you today, when I read my favorite childhood book, The Night Before Christmas. You and Dad gave it to me. I sat before our Christmas tree and read it aloud to make a video for my granddaughters. It’s your tree, Mama. In memory of you. I dressed it…

Mama’s Birthday

Today, was Mama’s birthday. She celebrated her life everyday with thankfulness and joy. She often told me she didn’t want to live to her 91st. Mama’s comment was odd, until I realized she was in pain and bed-bound. In my thoughts, we had a conversation that went like this— “Hi Mama, you’d be 91 today!…

Why Author Panels?

It had been awhile since I’d spent time with my friend, Suz. She fractured her shoulder three weeks ago, but I thought maybe she’d like to get out of her apartment. My fingers tapped out a message to her—”Hey, I’m thinking of attending an author’s panel. Elaine sent out an invite, she’s on it. Do…

Boxes of Books

Our apartment supplies a row of lockers for residents’ packages. We receive notices via email with seven-day activation codes. “Honey, there’s three notices for packages ready for pick up.” I scooted out from under my desk on my retro, white office chair-purchased online. “I finally understand online shopping. It’s like Christmas! Thanks a lot for…