Authors are plagued with self-doubt and worry over silly things. Harper Lee, for one, threw her whole manuscript for To Kill a Mockingbird out her NYC window while editing. Fortunately, her publisher made her retrieve and finish the book. See, Fling Manuscript From the Window. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s daughter, Rose, stated in a diary entry the … More Self-doubt: An Authors Worst Enemy
Happy Left-Handers Day! There are people who care about our needs. I found this store on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco when I visited in June. I was awed by the wonderful treasures and wanted several items. Unfortunately, the prices were beyond my vacation budget. I really wanted this notebook though. I purposely flip … More Happy Left-Handers Day
“I am officially an Award-Winning Author!” I have to keep telling myself this so I’ll believe it. A while ago, I paid for Hungry Monster’s Review Service plus the cost of my eBook so the review would show as a verified purchase on Amazon. “But it doesn’t count if you pay for it!” Some would … More I Am Officially an Award-Winning Author
It’s such an honor to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award (origin unknown) by the talented author, writer, and blogger, Patty Wiseman. When I first met Patty at the East Texas Writers Association meeting, she immediately offered her friendship and support. She has a heart for mentoring new authors and a genuine desire … More One Lovely Blog Award
In the early days of writing my book, I researched and followed agent blogs. I expected to submit my synopsis and the first five pages to one, and then wait three months for the traditional non-reply rejection. However, during the course of the revision process, I’ve learned that the publishing business has changed. Many writers … More Promoting White Bird Publications
Available on Amazon This Young Adult Historical novel, tells the fictional account of young Mary Shirley who just wants a normal life with friends her age and someday, suitors. She is brave, tenacious, and prone to be rash. The settlers along Indian Creek in Western Virginia are siding against King George, except Papa. He has … More Book I Defiance on Indian Creek
As I write this, it’s another hour wait for those who began gathering outside Schlotzsky’s before 7am. The first 100 people to purchase a 6-pack of Cinnabon rolls get a free small Original sandwich for a year!
Put on your rain boots and splash, splash, splash!
Because I have a late October birthday, my parties as a kid involved a Halloween theme. Black and orange balloons (sometimes mixed with other colors) hung above a tablecloth of black cats, ghosts and witches. The centerpiece was chocolate cake with chocolate or white icing. Sometime after my seventh birthday, I realized how much I hated … More Black, Orange, and Chocolate Cake
Family members and schoolmates said mean things at times, and as a result, I never felt acceptable, attractive, lovable, smart, talented, or worthy.