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…

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…

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…

WCCWC My #1 Takeaway

@wccw WritingCommunity Not my first writer’s conference but a memorable one. Why? The setting? Yup, love the old dairy farm renovations and rural atmosphere. The workshops? Yup, I learned new skills, application, and goal planning. The round table discussions with agents and publishers? Yup, those hour long small group meetings are a new favorite of…

Monkey Falls

Mama removed the dishes from the breakfast table in her new kitchen. “Lizzie, go brush your teeth, and then you can play on our new patio, okay?” “Goodie, Mama. Can I play by the creek?” Lizzie turned on her tummy, slid off her chair, and when her toes hit the floor she ran to Mama….

Easter Morning

Starlight faded into the sunrise as it overtook the previous night. “Hurry, Joanna. Move faster.” Mary gripped the burial cloths tighter under her arm. Her feet padded silently on the packed earth pathway. “We must reach the tomb before sunrise, or someone may stop us.” Mary’s heart pounded. She pushed the other women close together….

Prayer Softens Reality

#friendship #prayer We sat at tables pushed together for our critique group meeting. The group welcomed me after a prolonged absence from my mother’s illness, and her recent passing. The group offered condolences and related their prayers for my heart. My friend, Susie, nodded, “And how are you holding up? We were concerned about you.”…

“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…

Writer’s Conferences

#writercommunity #writerslife #authorslife A few friends and I registered for the West Coast Christian Writer’s Conference. Our last experience there in 2017 was exceptional. I thought the workshops were relevant, encouraging, and I made connections there for brainstorming and story submissions. This year’s round table small groups appear fantastic! Attendees are granted the choice to…