author branding, author platform, John Rakestraw, Rachel Thompson

Author Branding and the One-Toothed Troll

thinkhandy.comLast night I watched a Google hangout on branding with John Rakestraw and Rachel Thompson, two social media buffs and writers I admire. As a new indie writer, I'm still trying to get my head above water, so their conversation was instructive, to say the least.The bottom line is something we've all heard: writers today… Continue reading Author Branding and the One-Toothed Troll

drawing, fear, personal essay, stress in children, therepy

Death By Fire: Personal Essay on a Five-Year-Old’s Fear

I wrote this a year ago, but thought of it this weekend when I saw how much my youngest has changed over the last months.  It is an essay I feel speaks to how stress is not necessarily an adult thing.   And how kids can be complicated creatures. wikemedia commonsDeath By FireI swallow hard as… Continue reading Death By Fire: Personal Essay on a Five-Year-Old’s Fear

aneurysm, control, self-publishing

On Brain Aneurysms, Control, and Self Publishing

http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.ukA year ago, my husband woke me up at 6:00 a.m., hands on his head, yelling, "It hurts! Get an aspirin! It hurts!"When I came back from raiding the medicine cabinet, he was unconscious on the the bed, foaming at the mouth, convulsing, and wheezing.My daughters' stuck their sleepy heads out of their bedrooms, their… Continue reading On Brain Aneurysms, Control, and Self Publishing