• Journal,  Writing

    Summer Plans (You and Characters)

    Summer is here and who doesn’t love sunny days, shorts and ice cream, right? Okay, I know there are some of you ‘crazy’ people out there that do love the cold and snow. I am definitely not one of them. I love being warm, not wearing heavy coats and ice cream on a hot day. Let’s talk about summer plans! But let’s move on. It’s summer and I bet you have plans, whether it’s a vacation, continuing to work, or spending time with your family. Summer Summer is a time of freedom, especially for the younger ones. They look forward to the time away from school, vacations, doing (almost) nothing…

  • Journal,  Writing

    A Story Grows as a Plant Grows

    Spring is upon us and we are beginning to ready our garden for seeds/spuds. Yep, we are adding potatoes to our garden this year!! I can’t wait! Since my little man loves gardening and all things that breath life, I am dedicating this post to him. Not to mention it’s his birthday today, so Happy birthday buddy! If not for him, my thought process would have skipped over this topic and on to the next. Anyway, as we are deciding on seeds and what to plant where my author’s mind took hold and contemplated as I often do… how a story is similar to a plant and how it grows.…

  • Journal,  Writing

    9 Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ for Free

    I wanted to take a minute today to talk about how we can say ‘Thank you’ to our readers for free or for a minimal amount of money. We as authors appreciate our readers. Let’s face it, if we didn’t have readers we would not be authors. So, here are some ways to say tell our readers that we appreciate them in our journey to become the best authors we can be. Acknowledgement Page: To show your appreciation to your readers, add them to your acknowledgement page in your book. Either by name (if you have a few readers that have encouraged you or provided feedback recently) or as a…