“The River Angel”

The River Angel occurs in a 1942 logging camp, and follows two young sisters hiking to the nearby river. On that hot August morning, they encounter an unexpected and terrifying situation—who will survive, and how? #River #Angels #siblings This AFPA (Acceptance for Publication Agreement) surprise-landed on my desk—I’m elated for my first paid story! It’s…

The Dating Dock Illustrations

Author, Dee Aspin, hired me to create black and white pen and pencil illustrations depicting a dating journey on a kayak or speedboat. The journey ranges from fun, adventurous, or confusing and scary. Personal stories are included, and its purpose is to give hope. The book is targeted for those in their twenties or thirties…

The Dating Dock Launch

#dating2019 #singlelife #Christian Author, Dee Aspin, asked me to illustrate her book, The Dating Dock, A Journey of the Heart. I think Christian singles—college students and even older adults will find this information helpful about boundaries and self-care. My goal is for the illustrations to engage readers with a light-hearted touch.  Divorced, after twenty-three years of…

Anthology—Chills

#Anthology #chill #mothers #shortstories My story, Chills, depicts a humdrum day in the life of two young mothers. Breaking up the monotony of pre-school days, they go to a local park for a picnic with their four young children. It is a warm, late spring day but one mother has persistent chills. Why? What unfolds usually…

Book Launch & Badges

Someone propped open double glass doors, and a registration table greeted us inside the auditorium. A sign-in sheet, name tags, brochure, and bulletins with a space for notes lay in organized stacks. I scanned the room for familiar faces, waved at a few folks I knew, and found a round table with my critique group…

Kindness Anthology

#KindnessMatters #kindness #stranded Does anyone dislike kindness? It’s a virtue—some call it “considerate” and others call it being “nice” when you think of others and their needs. The Kindness anthology book launch is on December 8th! My story, Stranded, depicts a young twenty-something woman stranded at an oversees’ airport. In the 1980s, payphones were the…

New Anthology Excitement

#Anthology #amwriting #shortstories Grace Publishing shipped me a sweet and anticipated cardboard treasure box which arrived today. It contained not gold and precious gems, but books, with one of my stories printed on page 63—Soles, in the Short and Sweet goes fourth anthology. Words from my fictionalized non-fiction story dripped through my fingers—hot sun, cold…

Non-Mundane Story

I’m elated for my short story in Short and Sweet Goes Fourth going to print in August. The reactions and comments from readers satisfy my heart. The setting is during a lunchtime break at a building project in Mexico. In the midst of that ordinary day, something unexpected is discovered and spins the mundane into…

Accepted

My excitement hasn’t diminished with the acceptance of one of my short stories for publication. It’s still unexpected when an editor enjoys my quirky tales. I like this kind of surprise—like opening Christmas gifts. This story will be published in an anthology titled, Kindness. It fits into the, “You reap what you sow” or the,…

Tech Fears Conquered

Overcoming Tech Fears: A Personal Voyage of Discovery, Part 2 Part two of my guest blog post regarding our fears of creation and administration of our own websites. We write stories, but can we learn the tech world, too? If I can, anyone can. WordPress is easy to use for beginners, but it was still…