Spread the Word

I know, I know. Tooting one's own horn is not fun, at least for this gal. However, word of mouth has proven to be the best marketing tool out there. Don't believe me? Here are few surprising stats from the Ambassador Marketing Website.  According to research by Nielsen: 92 % of people trust recommendations from … Continue reading Spread the Word

Uh oh, Grandma’s in Trouble

The Daily Post Prompt: Thorny As you may have read, I recently took a trip to Washington D.C. I typically visit D.C. twice a year to see my youngest daughter who has been there almost six years. This time, however, it was a treat to take my oldest daughter and my two lovely granddaughters with … Continue reading Uh oh, Grandma’s in Trouble

You Asked: How do I Prepare For My First Book Signing

I 've been asked, by a friend, to speak to her literary group about my newly released short story collection, Maybe Next Time. I'll admit I felt a bit of trepidation upon receiving the invite. I was excited about sharing my work, but a little nervous, but then decided, why not? I will be speaking … Continue reading You Asked: How do I Prepare For My First Book Signing

 Theorem 31 

Daily Post Prompt: Rhyme  Although I would never call myself a poet under any circumstances, I can't imagine a girl alive that didn't at some point try her hand at writing poetry. Usually, and I'm guessing (wink, wink) every girl has poured her young heart out in rhyme and unreasonableness. I'm sure my cow pasture … Continue reading  Theorem 31 

I’m No Tolstoy

As a fan and user of the software Grammarly, I look forward to receiving my weekly progress report. It's like being in high school again. I'm not graded, thank God, but the report does provide insight and includes my longest writing streak, productivity, accuracy, vocabulary, and top three writing mistakes. Can you guess the mistake that … Continue reading I’m No Tolstoy

Such an Old-Fashioned Word

Homage Aw, such an old-fashioned word. Homage - a noun; defined as - respect, honor, reverence, worship, admiration, esteem, adulation, tribute, acknowledgment, recognition, and accolade; memorial services are an example. It's a word we rarely if ever hear in our daily conversation and certainly rarely see exercised, at least the way I remember. When I was growing … Continue reading Such an Old-Fashioned Word

Opening Lines- The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Aw, the elusive, perfect opening line. It's the most important line of your book. If you can't grab the reader's attention from the beginning, all the gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, and hard work you put in writing will have been time wasted; much like watching the news. Sometimes, your muse whispers the perfect opening … Continue reading Opening Lines- The Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Heavy Weight of Perfectionism

My name is Sheila, and I am a perfectionist. The experts say this personality trait comes from one's childhood. For me, that's probably true. My mom, God rest her soul, taught me, from an early age, to do things right the first time. Or, do it over until I could do it right the first time. Want to … Continue reading The Heavy Weight of Perfectionism

I Can’t See a Damn Thing in This Fog

Daily Post Prompt:    Foggy Crystal pulled her glasses off for the third time and cleaned them. She tried lens wipes, spray, Windex, and soap and water; which left the worst film ever. Her husband, Roger, watched impatiently from the comfort of his recliner. "What are you doing? The movie's about to come on, and you've … Continue reading I Can’t See a Damn Thing in This Fog