For Writers: Ever noticed?

Ever noticed how everyone and their mama wants to talk to you when you’re trying to write? On the days when you don’t mind chit chatting, no one calls, sends an email, or text/IM. But boot up that laptop, and magically, social contacts want to socialize. Scramble, I say! Stay focused, writers. As I type this post on my iPad, I’m in bed with earphones in my ears, tuned into Pandora for some “creative juice … Continue reading

Writing Themes

Have you ever read a short story or book and wondered what the point behind the story was? A theme is the topic or subject of a work. Does your story have a theme? Think about your favorite books or stories. At the end of the day, what was it about? Can you sum up in one sentence what your work is about? In my book Brotherly Love & Betrayal, the main character, Crystal, falls … Continue reading

Changing Lanes

One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a working adult is lane changing. It is like driving on the highway for the first time. You want to get over, but you’re afraid. Is anything coming? Do I stay in this lane? Can I switch lanes now? My journey was similar. First, I wanted to be a writer. No, a reporter. Maybe a human resource manager. I settled for being a clerical worker because … Continue reading

Wanna Be a Guest Blogger?

Are your kids getting on your last nerve?  Do they do things to make you laugh, only to turn around and do something to make you mad moments later? Do you always make your friends laugh by telling them parenting stories? If the answer is yes, you should share your story right here on Books, Writing, and Life. To celebrate the release of my ebook, Mommy Moments (summer 2011), I will be hosting guest bloggers for a  Mommy … Continue reading

Fear of Writing

You wrote a story and you think it’s good. But you won’t let anyone read it because you’re afraid: Someone will steal your story. People won’t like it. You’re not really sure it’s good. Let me help you out.  No one wants your story. There are no new stories. The same stories are told over and over with a different spin. Think about watching your favorite television show and how many times you’ve seen different shows … Continue reading

Do You Journal?

The following is a journal entry from June 2010: Today I arrived at work excited about what had taken place this past weekend while I was in Atlanta at the Faith and Fiction Retreat. (My pitch session, the camaraderie, literary energy, etc.)As I sat at my desk reading an email, I was interrupted by my assistant at one door saying an employee had quit and at the same time,  someone was at my other door accusing an employee of … Continue reading

Attention Aspiring Authors

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I’m Blogging!

I can’t believe I’ve done this again. Started another blog. This time around, I’m going to keep it updated and I look forward to your interaction. Join me on my rants and candid discussions about parenting and writing, my two most favorite things in the whole wide world.