books, writing

Learning an author by heart

“I do not know everything; still many things I understand.” Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time" These three Madeleine L'Engle books are among several that feature the Austin family. They were written over nearly 40 years, although the characters age only four years or so. The way L'Engle fit the same characters into the day… Continue reading Learning an author by heart

blogging, writing

The year of blogging joyfully

“They were linked by the usual shared enthusiasms to which lovers give exaggerated importance: a fondness for Vivaldi and the Beatles.” Christopher J. Koch, The Year of Living Dangerously I've learned two things in my first year of producing JOY Journal. One, I enjoy interacting with other creatives -- even if it is digitally. Two,… Continue reading The year of blogging joyfully

blogging, books, writing

3 ways pros ditch writer’s block

“Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all.” Charles Bukowski, German-American poet, The Last Night of the Earth Poems Deadlines and the need of a newsroom for each writer to pull his or her own weight have a remarkable way of eliminating writer's block. Journalists don't have it. I don't just suspect… Continue reading 3 ways pros ditch writer’s block

books, writing

Last day of giveaway!

Last chance for a FREE escape from the holiday frazzles. My chick-lit e-book Dune Girl is FREE at Amazon Kindle until 11:59 p.m. California time today. Tuck a copy into your Kindle, smart phone, tablet or other device as an uplifting, humorous break to the holiday crush. Even better, share this giveaway with friends just all over the place. It… Continue reading Last day of giveaway!