To My Dad, on Father’s Day

To My Dad, on Father’s Day

Thank you, Dad…

…for demonstrating the importance of education, and setting a good example;

…for letting me play with your monstrosity of a calculator – I would never understand the math (no doubt, to your everlasting frustration), but its resemblance to a typewriter surely had some influence on me;

…for your even temper;

…for taking me nice places, even when I was wearing the “Lucy” button or…

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Does this Manuscript Make Me Look Stupid?

Does this Manuscript Make Me Look Stupid?

Encouragement vs. Support

A book review is not the same as a writing workshop critique. Writers sometimes fail to see the difference – regardless of whether they are giving or receiving, and this makes it hard for some to do either. Over on the blog Daily (w)rite, Damyanti asks, “Does Encouragement equal Support for #IndiePub Authors?” It’s a fair question, prompted by Andrew Leon’s post, “Encour…

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#NoSadSackLunch

#NoSadSackLunch

Will this sweater be a sweater before cold weather hits Houston again??

Will this sweater be a sweater before cold weather hits Houston again??

Frozen #YeniRaki

Frozen #YeniRaki

Mother, Touchstone, Friend

We mothers – we are merely rudders, guiding our children’s ships through the storms and over the turbulent seas of life – we guide them as steadily and as best we can, but we are not the only influence that determines the outcome of the journey…

Who am I today? I am a woman, a daughter, a wife and mother, a writer. I am confident with unexpected moments of self-doubt, calm with occasional…

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NEW RELEASE: A New Leaf for Lyle

NEW RELEASE: A New Leaf for Lyle

Lyle’s a good kid – no, a great kid – but he has a bad habit of telling lies. He lies about everything from brushing his teeth to why he missed the bus. But he doesn’t always lie, and it hurts when the people he cares most about don’t believe him on those rare times when he tells the truth. In A New Leaf for Lyle, young readers will learn, with Lyle, what it takes to earn back trust.

What…

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Interview: Carrie Salazar, Illustrator of A New Leaf for Lyle

Interview: Carrie Salazar, Illustrator of A New Leaf for Lyle

I’ve known Carrie for nearly 19 years. I have yet to meet her, face to face, but I have no doubt that we’ll meet in person one day – sooner than later. We are sisters by choice, and have children the same age. Now, we have a book that we created together: my third children’s book, her debut as an illustrator. I’ve known for a long time – at least since finding her “Dead Rats in My Freezer” blog –…

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Reading Speed, or Why I Avoid Video Blogs

Reading Speed, or Why I Avoid Video Blogs

Reading vs. Speaking

In the Forbes article, “Do You Read Fast Enough To Be Successful?” Brett Nelson explores the reading habits of highly successful people compared to those of the average reader. We are swamped with information that we can’t possibly consume and comprehend unless we prioritize it and prune away the non-essentials. If you read at an average pace of 250-300 words per minute, you…

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