The Write Mindset (video presentation)

Do you ever feel like you are making progress, running at a steady pace and yet the finish line keeps moving further away? As I continue down the path of my novel-writing race, the last few days have felt that way, but I am moving forward, and I know my final revision is just a …

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Feel the fear, keep writing! (video presentation)

Trying new things can be uncomfortable, even terrifying. Especially when trying those things can happen in front of the whole wide world, like sharing a personal poem online! 😱 Sharing poetry, stories, and other writing online takes courage. I address that fear in my motivational video message, "Don't Let Fear Silence Your Writing Voice" (below). …

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the Write Path

My eyes are burning, and my legs are numb, but it is worth it because my first draft is done! What began as two short stories combined into one is now forty-five chapters (almost 85,000 words) written over the course of nineteen months. I wrote it, dreamt it, lived it, imagined it, read it, and …

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Little Secret

This poem, "Little Secret," is from my second poetry collection, Being a Woman - Becoming, illustrated by artist Sammi Lee. This version has been modified from my original poem, including additional lines added at the end. This is my empowered collection written with young adults in mind, however, this poem and the others contained in …

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Wish Upon a Star

Some little girls dream about becoming a princess or a famous actress. I am sure I did the same, at least once, but grander than any of those fleeting fantasies were my dreams of writing for people like Johnny Carson and for shows like Saturday Night Live. ✍🏻 What a funny little girl I was. …

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Living Poetry

           playing poetry pebble tossed on a hopscotch square one step, two steps, skipping in rhyme get to the end, turn, then do it again            reading poetry thank you, Dr. Seuss for writing lines that still delight and to you, Shel Silverstein for your tree that keeps giving            loving poetry along the shore in Mexico, a …

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Property Dispute

Words, annoying when first heard, took a lifetime to reveal their worth. You are no one's property, is what she said, after seeing a possessive slogan, claiming that I was property of my first boyfriend, proudly displayed on my just made pin, attached to my shirt. Rolling eyes at the stern one who was not …

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“We Deserve to Dream” (dance inspiration)

It is a writer’s nature to think. They can create and save worlds with their thinking. Sometimes writers must save themselves from thinking it over and under and every other way their mind can bend. A story with no end. Always playing a game of mental ping-pong – bounce smack, bounce smack. The game goes …

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Passionate Valentine Vignettes

Lavender and rosemary crumbled and scattered by artistic fingers that turn pages and hold the scent. His moist lips hold the flavor of the back of her neck. Words spoken by his smoky voice sink her deeper, and leave her spellbound to him. Outside, a thousand golden sunsets blur by. Shooting stars fall from the …

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Developing Male Brain (mature humor)

Actually, my post is quite immature, but it is a classroom story that someone needs to tell. Might as well be me, the teacher who lived it. My story has language that would have been inappropriate in my classroom. Good thing we aren't in the classroom! .................................................... What they don’t tell you in teacher school... …

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