Equity Rescuing: Pushing Towards Completion

I’m a lover of projects. As a creative eclectic in pursuit of various art forms, I get soul satisfaction from diverse challenges such as creating a mixed media collage piece, writing a book chapter, or inserting just the right photos into a blog post. For me, creative growth often occurs when I set aside time …

Refrain Book Update: Creativity is about Consistency

Nothing challenges the consistency of my creativity more than a day job, and I’ve had plenty of those over the years. I’m back to work as a middle school literacy teacher so my days, once again, fill with lessons and meetings and drives across town. Gone are those summer sessions of writing until noon. Then …

What do you love to do the most?

I watched my grown son and two-year-old great-nephew run around in circles with blanket and  dish towel capes tied around their necks. Little Stephen Michael squealed, “I’m flying, I’m Superman,” while Josiah pranced like an Arabian horse. I videoed the scene thinking, this is priceless. I’ve got to capture this candid moment before it passes! This morning …

Refrain from the Identical Book Update

I look around my house and sigh, “Wat een Rommel.” (The Dutch expression for “What a mess”) The last several days of my hubby's “paint the house project” culminates in piles of disorganized stuff. To say that I'm overwhelmed is an understatement. Only three more days until I have to go back to work and my …

“Self-Publishing — I’m not alone” by Christine M. Grote

Recently, one of my blogging friends, Christine M. Grote, asked if she could feature my self-publishing journey on her blog. This morning she sent me the link to her post. When I read through the entries, I cried. There was something powerful about having my self-publishing history laid out before me. When I realized how far …

Book Progress Update

The publishing of Refrain from the Identical progresses at a steady pace. The efficiency of the createspace design teams amazes me. I approved the reformatted interior design mock-up and the full interior proof of the book has just arrived. The next step is to print the pages and reread for formatting and convention errors. READ THE ENTIRE POST...

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