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. Please visit her Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/evsparrow View Sparrow’s body of work here on the Published Tab Many of Sparrow’s thirteen published short stories stem from experiences abroad. She delights…

Irish Cottage Artwork-Free Offer

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

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…

Inspire Writer’s News

Three cheers for the posts of Inspire Writer’s Member News! They kindly showcase their member’s successes. It’s terrific to read what fellow writers are accomplishing with their craft. Communications Director, Damon Gray, sent me an email with links to view their May 3rd post of my recent published stories by Bethany House Publishers and Guideposts….

Guideposts’ Anthology

It’s an honor and a privilege for three of my stories to be published in this Guideposts‘ anthology, Miracles Do Happen, now available for pre-order. God’s power changes things! In Jesus Made Me Feel Better, a four year-old girl is dangerously ill, and the adults in her life aren’t aware. Who can help her in…