A Song That Makes Me Happy — #upbeatauthors

It's Monday, the start of another full work-week after the holiday here in the US. Even though I work from home, I do try to take holidays off these days--something I didn't do in the early stages of my career. Back then, I worked every day, rain, shine, or holiday. I reached a critical stage … Continue reading A Song That Makes Me Happy — #upbeatauthors

When One Door Closes… #upbeatauthors

Back in 2008, my youngest daughter and her husband packed up everything they owned and moved from Utah, where we had all been living in close proximity to one another, to Florida, something like 25 gazillion miles away. They hadn't been married all that long, so my son-in-law was still something of an unknown commodity … Continue reading When One Door Closes… #upbeatauthors

Sit Down, John! #upbeatauthors

It's Monday, which means it's the start of a brand-new work week, and that means another installment of posts from Upbeat Authors. Today's topic My Favorite Historical Figure. Really, I should say figures, plural, because my favorites are a couple. I don't think one could have done what they did without the other. Though I … Continue reading Sit Down, John! #upbeatauthors

You Should Never Be Too Busy To…#upbeatuthors

Happy Monday! It's the start of a brand-new week, and that means a new topic for #UpbeatAuthors. I've been staring at this week's topic for a while now, wondering what one thing I would pick to fill in the blank here. Over the years, I've met many writers who start volunteering in their local writer's … Continue reading You Should Never Be Too Busy To…#upbeatuthors

5 Places I’ve Found Inspiration for Stories — #upbeatauthors

Writers are often asked where they get the ideas for their stories. Readers are genuinely curious, but writers sometimes have a tough time answering that question. Some stories come into your head with a bang! and some arrive kicking and screaming. Every book is different. Some ideas pop into a writer's head after overhearing a … Continue reading 5 Places I’ve Found Inspiration for Stories — #upbeatauthors

A Childhood Pastime – #upbeatauthors

Happy Monday! It's the start of a brand new week. It's going to be a great week, beginning with the solar eclipse today and moving right on through to the end of the week. On Upbeat Authors, our challenge this week is to think about something we enjoyed doing as a child that we commit … Continue reading A Childhood Pastime – #upbeatauthors

Pour. Drink. Repeat. #upbeatauthors

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I've joined a group of authors dedicated to sharing up messages on social media, and this week's theme is "one simple thing I can do to improve my health today." There are about a bazillion different things I could talk about on this topic, because almost anything … Continue reading Pour. Drink. Repeat. #upbeatauthors

A Few Ways I’ve Found to Foster Creativity — #UpbeatAuthors

Creativity is a fragile thing. It can be hampered by all kinds of things, like the pressure to produce and criticism. Tack on the need to earn money using your creativity, and the creative spirit can (and often will) take a hike--a long one.  I've been a full-time writer for more than 20 years now, … Continue reading A Few Ways I’ve Found to Foster Creativity — #UpbeatAuthors

The Joy in Simple Things — #UpbeatAuthors

For the past few years, I've been actively trying to avoid negativity in my life and to focus on the positive. It's not always easy, but I have found that it becomes easier with practice. When my friend, Trish Milburn, decided to create a group of authors committed to focusing on positive things, I jumped … Continue reading The Joy in Simple Things — #UpbeatAuthors