The Funky Housewife.

I LOVE, LOVE being a homemaker!  With that said, I’ll admit that I haven’t been the best of one lately…because, I LOVE, LOVE writing!  I write my books, I write my blogs, I read about writing and write about writing and dream about writing and wake up at 2:30 in the morning to write down thoughts, I scribble ideas on napkins in the truck and think about my next blog while folding laundry. I don’t expect much from blogging.  I am not as crisp and sparkly, professional or quick witted as most out there and it took me 4 months … Continue reading The Funky Housewife.

Writing that novel, homeschooling those little people, buying that castle.

I am blogging today for a few reasons: one is that I actually have some down time!  Unbelievable.  The other is that I can’t work on my books because my spirit is off navigating the world for a new camp site.  The last reason is that I am filled with excitement and nerves and can’t just hang out at this time. I am a writer and building a career slowly and painstakingly.  I am also a mother and homemaker.  These are my favorite positions and of greater value than the author job.  The author job is for fun and because I … Continue reading Writing that novel, homeschooling those little people, buying that castle.

Is seeking wealth and success really worth it in the end?

It’s 12:37 AM and I’m wide awake.  I just finished reading The Stand by Stephen King.  This will not correlate to the above subject in any way except that it’s the reason I’m up at this unforgiving hour…and that extra cup of coffee this afternoon that I should have passed up.  No, I just wanted to get that darn book over with.  It is a very good and dark thriller that goes on and on and on for over a thousand pages and the library has sent me a notice that I need to giddyup and get it back. As we … Continue reading Is seeking wealth and success really worth it in the end?

Some quick ideas on improving your writing skills.

What do I really know about this subject?  I’m just starting to have some small success and it’s only enough to supply me with 2 months of coffee to keep the fires burning.  I have been at this activity all my life and this last year and, almost, half I have become a self-published author with all the bells and whistles (meaning a blog, Facebook author page, twitter, author central page with amazon, blah, blah, blah…). I have made one thousand and one mistakes plus some unaccounted for.  I have been up until 3:00 am trying to figure out my book … Continue reading Some quick ideas on improving your writing skills.

Writing, the career that cost nothing but some time and imagination.

I have had many jobs in my short stint here in this lifetime.  I have been a waitress, barista, office manager, and dog sitter.  I have worked for the moms and pops and the corporate world.  I sold cosmetics for Estee Lauder in Macy’s and I sold handmade sheepskin slippers in a tiny shop during the holidays.  I’ve had jobs I could walk to from my apartment and jobs I had to walk a mile to the nearest commuter bus and then ride transit for hours just to get to the office. Now I’m managing my own home, raising humans, … Continue reading Writing, the career that cost nothing but some time and imagination.

Preparing for the New Year and becoming a new writer.

I’m still on my semi-vacation.  I have written another homemaking and frugal book during that time.  I’ve had great fun in cranking the little booklets out, however, what I really am focused on is the fiction.  I’ve covered all I can with outdoor laundry lines and milking that penny.  I’d like to leave the home front and frugal frontier and explore the realms of daydreamy story telling. I’m a down to earth gal so I will not have the imaginings of the Harry Potter or Twilight sort.  I’m more the country and farm romance, the internal struggles that keep the … Continue reading Preparing for the New Year and becoming a new writer.

A few steps to becoming an amazingly good writer.

Happy Monday!  Thanks Giving is right around the corner and I just can’t wait.  I love all that stuffing and gravy.  I could care less about the bird.  It’s the stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.  All those carbs!!  And this year desert will NOT be those dry apple pies and boring old pumpkin pies (sorry if I’ve offended anyone).  No, this year will be the marvelous…the delicious…the fantastic pumpkin cheesecake from Costco.  Damn, that thing is good.  I will gorge on this desert after gorging on carbs and then, the next morning I will return to my drab life … Continue reading A few steps to becoming an amazingly good writer.

The fun in blogging and blogging ettiquete.

I started my writing career seriously in August 2015.  I had written a couple books years previously without hope of publishing because I knew nothing about self-publishing or that there was this fantastic world out there where any monkey could publish, market, and promote their books, novelettes, or novellas.  There are no limits or steadfast laws anymore.  And all of it can be for free or very little!  You can be dirt poor on the streets and, if you have a laptop and cafe with WIFI…you’re in!  Your destiny is all up to you. When my friend suggested I start a blog … Continue reading The fun in blogging and blogging ettiquete.

For those of you who would rather write a novella to a novel.

This is a big topic for me lately.  I love writing but I have a short attention span.  I have made 4 attempts at writing a novel and fell short to a novella.  I love the novella.  When I was a young girl romantic novellas were the thing.  Now publishing houses like the big, fat story.  And readers, if they get into the story and characters, they hate to see it end so fast.  I get it. I’m just not cut out for going the distance with my characters no matter how charming they turn out.  I also find all … Continue reading For those of you who would rather write a novella to a novel.

How to find time and balance for homemaking and writing.

I am devoting this write-up to my new friend Mrs. Mother Dirt (who has a wonderful blog mrsmotherdirt.com).  She asked the other day a question many ask about how I find the time and energy to raise two little boys and write?  I know that this was a huge question on my mind when I would read blogs by housewives and mothers who seemed to have all these big to do list and accomplishments.  How the hell did they raising babies, write books and blogs, make their own soaps, keep the house clean, cook from scratch, build barns, milk cows….REDICULOUS AND IMPOSSIBLE! … Continue reading How to find time and balance for homemaking and writing.