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Here We Go into 2024

On Christmas Eve, I announced on Facebook that I wouldn’t be writing over the holidays. I tried not to but couldn’t help myself. Too many opportunities to write came up, and I couldn’t turn away. I did what gave me joy. I wrote. I have four books in various stages of writing and editing. I’m […]

I Came Up Short

In November, I told you about participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). My goal was to write 50,000 words in November. While I didn’t get an exact count of how many words I wrote, I added 38,200 new words to a new novel plus rewrote a short story that I submitted for a contest. […]

National Novel Writing Month 2023 (NaNoWriMo)

November is National Novel Writing Month. To celebrate, an organization called NaNoWritMo (can you see where they got that?) holds a month-long event every November for writers to write 50,000 words. Since the books I write are usually around 65,00 words, that’s almost a whole novel written in a month. Their website makes it easy […]

SD Festival of Books

My last book signing event occurred last weekend, my last scheduled “appearance” to personally sell books in 2023. That doesn’t mean I won’t jump at the chance to do it again if the opportunity presents itself, but for now, I’m done until next year. The South Dakota Festival of Books is always a big deal. […]

My Discomfort Zone

When I first thought of being a fiction writer, I assumed it would entail nothing more than sitting at my computer and typing all day. Not once did I consider all the peripheral things that went along with a writing career. I didn’t know I had to set up a small business, do all the […]

It’s Fall 2023, Y’all!

Where has this year gone? Winter sped by. Spring was a flurry, and summer blew by like a whirlwind. Three quarters of 2023 over. The leaves are turning here, and football is on TV. That means it’s time for cooler temperatures and shorter days. I don’t like that last thing, but because it’s been happening […]

Learning to be a Saleswoman

I’m exhausted after the Wild Deadwood Reads event! Three days being with other writers is great fun, but a day of alternating sitting and standing (mostly standing) for an entire day drained me physically. I sold seven books which was a poor showing compared to the other authors. The best part of the event was […]

The IWG Writers Conference

Hubby and I just returned from Boise and the Idaho Writers Guild conference. He didn’t go to the conference but had a great time biking and seeing friends. The last day we were there, he helped with the Idaho Riders for the Blind fundraiser. The organization has tandem bikes that seeing people pedal from the […]