Category Archives: Writing

Free Download of my short story “I Guess I Robbed a Bank”

…and many more short stories! Flashy Shorts 2 is free from December 11 – 15!  You can buy it here. You can read more about the book, publisher and my story in my previous post here. Perhaps you are looking for a unique present to send electronically to someone dear and far away…?  How about …

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One Story’s Path to Publication

Great news! Standard Publishing will be publishing one of my stories in their teen publication, ENCOUNTER—The Magazine! This is a special thrill because it is one of my favorites. This story grew out of a fun assignment for a writing course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. The instructions were to go to a public …

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7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers — now available on Kindle

The life of a writer can be an isolated one, and a writer’s group can be an encouraging and educational help. I joined Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship several years ago in order to find writing tips and a supportive community of likeminded wordsmiths, and to grow in my faith.   One of my first experiences …

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Packing Lightly for a Writing Retreat

To avoid having to pay for and wait for checked baggage, I decided to only bring carry-on luggage on my trip, so that meant that there was no space for unnecessary items.  And since I’d planned a do-it-yourself writing retreat and hadn’t decided yet which projects and exercises I’d be working on, I had several …

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Guardian Angel Children’s Book Publisher – Guidelines

If you have written a children’s book, you may want to consider submitting it to Guardian Angel for consideration next summer.  I am impressed with this publisher, whose mandate is to change the world by investing in children, one child at a time. “We want the seeds of the influence from our books to live …

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Free Online Writing Retreat starts tomorrow

I just found out that author Vinita Hampden Wright is offering a free week-long online writing retreat starting tomorrow, September 29, 2014. My first reaction at hearing the news (from a fellow fan of Louisa May Alcott) was that a retreat sounded nice (images of a quiet wooded area and hours of free time to …

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Please Read Our Past Issues

A writer who wants to carefully target a magazine in order to make a sale will study samples of the magazine, as many writer’s guidelines suggest you do.  But this can get expensive.  Having gone through this experience several times, and being frugal to the core, I have a few recommendations of how to familiarize …

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“I Guess I Robbed a Bank” published by Good Guy Publishing

Writers sometimes get an “us versus them” attitude toward the editors to whom we send our work.  But I have found an editor that is such a pleasure to work with, I almost stopped caring what happened to my submission.  Meet editor and author Graham Taylor at Good Guy Publishing in the U.K.  We had …

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Free Spreadsheet Templates for Tax Time

A few months ago, I mentioned to some writer friends that I’d created some spreadsheets to calculate my writing income and expenses.  I use these for the writing business portion of my tax return.  I offered to send a copy to them, and a few were interested, so I made them a little more user-friendly …

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“Inclement Weather” published in The Storyteller Magazine

My short story, “Inclement Weather”, is now appearing in the current issue of The Storyteller: A Writer’s Magazine.  What a thrill! This story came out of a unique writing opportunity and a great book of writing prompts.  Several years ago when I was a teaching assistant working at an elementary school, I had two months …

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