Remember Your Audience 

This is equally important in person and while writing. Actually, it’s probably more important. 

Last week, I spent some time at Robber’s Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma. It was my mom, sister-in-law, nephew, one of my nieces, and three cousins. 

That night at the campfire, my nephew wanted everyone to tell ghost stories. Now, that day also happened to be the anniversary of a very traumatic event for two of the cousins who were with us.

I knew that. I forgot that. When my turn came to tell a story, I started telling one I had heard during the ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs about a little girl.

That past event never crossed my mind. I started telling the story. One cousin said, “No ghost stories about children, please.”

That had the effect of a bucket of cold water. I could not believe I didn’t think about that. I still can’t. I felt like an inconsiderate dolt.

Learn from my mistake. Always, always keep your audience in mind, whether in writing or oral storytelling.

Where’s My Reset Button?

It’s no secret that I’ve had problems with consistency on this blog. Back in May, I attempted to revive it. Then I had to go back to Wound Care and keep my foot up for another month. On Friday, I was discharged from Wound Care (again) and now I’m back to the blog.

The difference this time is that I am actually working on a content plan instead of winging it. I discovered a couple years ago that just winging it doesn’t work for me in writing, so why did I continue to expect that it would with blogging? I don’t have an answer for that other than to say I’ve been lazy.

Consider this my reset button. We’re being more consistent and having better (I hope) content from here on out. I’ll be talking about writing, books, creativity, planning, and more. I’ll post articles, directed posts, tips, photos, and even a few videos. (There will be a video coming up next week, in fact.)

I will be posting three times a week minimum. Those are the planned posts. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The Saturday posts will be a week-in-review type, so if there’s anything that happened that you missed because I didn’t blog it, it will be there on Saturday.

By the way, I mentioned that I will be talking about books. Just as a quick heads-up, I want to let you know there is a new one available. Create Your Own DIY Planner. It’s available on Smashwords (in your format of choice) and Amazon (because for some reason it didn’t auto-populate to Amazon and I had to do it manually). Check it out and let me know what you think. I am planning on a print version by the end of August.

That’s it until Wednesday. I’ll see you then.

Prepare for Launch!

Yes, you read that right.

Prepare for launch!

For several years, I struggled to find planner peace. What’s that?

Well, you know you have found planner peace when you find a planner system that works well for you and you like to use it.

I tried making my own. Then I found the Bullet Journal system developed by Ryder Carroll. Then I started melding my own ideas with that system. Now, while I use a few elements of that, I use mostly my own.

And I wrote a book about creating your own planner system.

Create Your Own DIY Planner.

It launches on Wednesday, which is, not coincidentally, also my birthday. Wednesday evening, I will have a launch party on Facebook where I will give away an e-copy. Print copies will be available in mid-June.

Watch this space for more updates about the book, launch party details, and more!

Revitalization & a Recap

black and white photo of a porch light ona rock wallEvery year at this time, the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI) has a conference. This year, for various reasons that I will not get into, I had decided not to go. I kept my resolve through reading updates on Facebook and Twitter about the pre-conference session.

That sure sounded like something I could have benefited from!

I kept my resolve through most of Friday. OK. That’s a lie. On Friday, my resolve wavered. A lot. I could have benefited from a lot of the sessions I saw highlights posted about. My mother (who is often my driver since I cannot drive) kept suggesting I call the hotel, see if they had a room, and go to the conference on Saturday instead of just going up to visit (which was the original plan).

At 5:00, I finally did. They put me on hold. I waited a long time, convinced they would come back and say the hotel was fully booked and they had no rooms.


They did! I gave them the payment information, threw some clothes in a bag, gathered other things I would need, and we left. It was worth it!

I went to listen to a talk by Rhonda Penders of the Wild Rose Press (and relearned something I had known about them but forgot), listened to The Publicity Hound Joan Stewart, skipped the next session, had lunch, took a nap the next session (I was getting over bronchitis), listened to Joan Stewart again, and ended the day listening to Amy Collins of

I got information I desperately needed about blogging, marketing, and newsletters. I got some great ideas about book promotion and getting into stores that aren’t bookstores. I reconnected with old friends and met some new ones. I listened to live music in the hotel bar after the awards banquet.

I reconnected with me.

That last line is more important than you realize and goes back to some of the reasons that I’m not talking about here yet.

Prior to the conference, I had been debating my blog. I knew I needed to start blogging again, but I couldn’t decide if I should scrap this one and start over or continue on here. Since you’re reading this post on this same blog, I obviously decided to keep this one. After all, I’ve put a lot of work into it.

I am not going to commit to a set schedule, but I am going to post things about what I’m writing, what I’m making (knit/crochet), reviews, and other things that are going on and coming up. I hope you stick around, enjoy it, and perhaps even contribute sometimes.

The End Is Near

notebookandscreenNo, I’m not a doom-and-gloom nay-sayer I’m stating a simple fact. The end is near.

And I’m glad for it.

I’m talking about my current manuscript. I’m almost finished with the first draft. Although I missed my goal for finishing the draft in August, it’s going to happen in September.

In fact, it might happen as soon as next week.

My working title is Bullet Journal Basics. If you ever wanted to learn more about the bullet journal system, this book will help. I do not claim it will answer all of your questions. No book can do that. I do think, though, it will help you get a good start.

Since I hope to finish the draft next week, it’s possible the book will be ready for Kindle by Thanksgiving at the latest.