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Kindle Scout Day 2   Recently updated !

While I was on the Kindle Boards looking for a profile avatar, I unearthed this pic, an old cartoon of “me” done by the talented Elizabeth Mueller. I love how she meshes my love of historical (the 18th century dress), fantastical stories (the mermaid tail) and my Philippine roots. Still waiting on the edits and […]


Kindle Scout Day 1   Recently updated !

Technically speaking, I have a book on Kindle Scout. But there is an issue with the preview that has not yet been resolved, so I will wait to announce it to the world until then. I hope it gets fixed soon so I can share the link. Meanwhile, here are some things I just barely […]


I entered Kindle Scout   Recently updated !

I did it! Woo-hoo! I finished my edits on Deadline and submitted it to Kindle Scout (KS). In a couple of days, once they approve my book, my 30-day campaign for nominations starts. I won’t lie. I am nervous. And excited. It’s been quite a process getting this book to this stage. As with all […]


My writing pleasures

I was at the doctor’s the other day when I noticed an accent light similar to this. I asked where they’d gotten it from and they said Walmart. I thought it might be fun to have something like that for my office so I went in search of it. The first time I went to […]


Everything and…the kitchen sink

Photo: my clean kitchen sink (and rubber ducky soap dispenser)   I am getting really good at this sprinting thing. Today, I wrote 2,279 words towards Book 3 in 3 separate 30 minute sprints. Why I haven’t I done this sooner? It’s amazing how the story flows when you are just writing and not letting […]


Be a smart moth

I was watching a moth flail itself against one of our kitchen can lights. “Moths aren’t very smart,” I observed. “They keep going for the light like some crazy compulsion.” In the other room, my daughter said, “At least they’re going towards light and not darkness.” Wise words. If the moth were an analogy to […]


A minimalist approach to creating

It’s foaling time. Our family doesn’t have any baby horses, but all around us, pastures have cute little foals popping up. As an avid hobby-photographer, I like to chase down these photo opps. The other day, I went over to take photos in my neighbor’s pasture. Between bugs, the mom standing in the way of […]


How to sprint through a manuscript

I recently joined a group of authors on Facebook who challenge each other with sprints throughout the day. I love it; thanks to this group, I have become more productive. Today, I wrote 2494 words in an hour and a half. In the past, I used to tap tap tap slowly and produce hardly any […]


A great day

I did a grueling but amazing Crossfit workout this morning (100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats sandwiched between a mile run at start and finish…named Murph, in honor of a Navy SEAL who died in Afghanistan), ate a yummy flapjack breakfast at the Clark Historic Farm, ate my first snow cone of the season, rode […]