Shiny Sparks – April 12, 2018

I launched the Shiny Sparks article series on January 29th, but I haven't been as consistent as I expected. I've had a few life delays, extra meetings, lots of book events (hooray!) and I lost my momentum a bit. Instead of making myself wrong for it, I'm examining the creative process as I experience it. [...]

Shiny Sparks: February 26

I had just finished setting up my table for a book event yesterday, when a women walked up and asked me what my book is about. She looked really tired and I could see she had been crying. I answered her question and we got to talking, and she's going through some serious life challenges. [...]

Diamond in the Rough

My father came to visit one afternoon he triumphantly presented a small blue box with an appraisal my grandmothers wedding ring he said this is yours now   I don’t have a lot of experience with diamonds I don’t wear bling my wedding ring is a modest silver band with a little message on the inside [...]

Use Your Words

I’m working on the second book in my children’s book series. It’s about our mouth: our sense of taste and our teeth – the material world aspect of our mouths. It’s also about the power of words – the spiritual world aspect of our mouths. I write about how to use our 5 senses in [...]

The Beginners’ Guide to Publishing with a Self-Publishing Company

In March of 2016, I sat in my kitchen with a dear friend. We were looking at a pile of illustrations I had just completed for my first children’s book, Your Hands Can Change The World! I had decided to publish my book, and was telling her that I had no idea where to begin, [...]

Lessons in Crowdfunding

I have always dreamed of being a published writer, but I never imagined I would write and illustrate a children's book. But in March of 2017, I had completed my book, and the next step was publishing. When Your Hands Can Change The World! was completed, I felt many emotions. I was excited, and I felt [...]

In Winter

In Winter The darkness takes over Some mornings I wake up in the black fetal under 3 layers I feel safe and swaddled until I uncover an arm or a leg I’m hit with a stinging chill and remember that it is Winter   My dreams are different during shorter days In them, my teeth [...]