The Act of Writing

I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thingContinue reading “The Act of Writing”


Sometimes you just have to quiet your thoughts, excuses, and rationalizations, and listen.  Really listen. For the last few weeks, that little voice has been telling me to stop teaching the advanced massage therapy classes I’ve been teaching since 2005.  It’s not a regular thing anymore; I’ve cut down on my teaching schedule in theContinue reading “Listening”

Indecision 2017

Sometimes I feel that’s the tagline for my year so far. Indecision 2017.  With so many instances where I’ve changed my mind about so many things, it’s time I start being more organized (even if I kinda am, in a way) and most importantly, making such organization details visible where I can see them. IContinue reading “Indecision 2017”

Thoughts Over Late Morning Coffee: Edits

I finally got my manuscript for Book 2 from the editor. Oy vey! The red marks were everywhere! Everywhere! The manuscript was blindingly red, but this time I didn’t panic like I did when I received the edits of Book 1 in 2015 and ignored every single one of her corrections/suggestions because there were 190Continue reading “Thoughts Over Late Morning Coffee: Edits”

A Smattering of Thoughts Over Morning Coffee #mondayblogs

Daylight Savings Time is in full effect here in SoCal and I’m working on a new story for a picture that I fell in love with and created a cover for.  After three tries on the first few chapters, I think I’ve finally nailed it on the third attempt.  The main reason I’m writing this newContinue reading “A Smattering of Thoughts Over Morning Coffee #mondayblogs”

Some Days, Not So Pretty

The life of this full-time writer means waking up, getting breakfast ready, waking up the kid and getting him ready for school (which is always a battle) and then after I drop him off, it’s back home to write. I usually take a break to take a long walk with friends to the beach or walkContinue reading “Some Days, Not So Pretty”

My Book Plans… So Far

Such an unimaginative title for my post today but that’s only because I finally caught the cold the kiddo has been fighting the past two weeks.  Just the other day, I congratulated myself for not having caught it but I spoke too soon.  I felt it yesterday when everything started to hurt, even my teeth,Continue reading “My Book Plans… So Far”

Lists – How Important Are They for Indie Authors *cough*… Like Me?

When I was much younger and a regular staple at the library or Borders, I used to judge books not only by their covers but by the words NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.   It made me attend conferences with notable guests like Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates.  I learned, maybe erroneously, that “By NewContinue reading “Lists – How Important Are They for Indie Authors *cough*… Like Me?”

Repost: An Evening With Neil Gaiman

I’m slowly migrating my posts from my other author-ly blogs (between my old author name and my self-hosted one, I have too many!), and decided to use the Wayback Machine to see if I’d missed anything of note.  And I did.  It was the evening I got to listen to Neil Gaiman.  And it’s soContinue reading “Repost: An Evening With Neil Gaiman”