2016 has been laid to rest and 2017 has begun.

In preparation for our move in 2015, I cleaned out the old metal desk in my basement. Old papers and magazines found their way into the trash barrel; things that were no longer needed found their way into the Salvation Army box; but some things went into the boxes to be moved. In the box to move, I placed the folder with my scores on certification tests, my teaching certificates, my diplomas, my evaluations, and my contracts. Continue reading “PERSONAL WRITING CONTRACT”


As I sit here, I realize that it is no longer Monday morning anywhere in the world. Here in Middle Tennessee, it is already 8:00 pm and the two main presidential candidates are populating the television screen with the first debate.

If we were having coffee right now …I would NOT, however, talk about politics. You have your opinion, and I have mine. What I would ask of you is that you do your research on each of the candidates instead of listening to the prime time media hype and name-calling and candidate’s degrading each other. It’s a prime example of bullying; just what we don’t want our children to do.

If we were having coffee right now …I would ask you how your story or poem is shaping up. Are you ready to have a beta reader? Are you ready to query publishers, agents, and editors?

If we were having coffee right now …I would share with you that I have two end of October deadlines: one for a short story, and one for short stories and poetry. I’m going to be going back through my some of my prompt writing journals to find some ideas to develop into submit-able material. What? You don’t write to prompts? This is one of my best ways of stretching my creativity and thinking outside the box. There are several different sites and books out there to give you a prompt for the day. My favorite is Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group. She sends out the day’s prompts to your email.

If we were having coffee right now …I would ask you if you are going to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. No? What have you got to lose? To me, NaNoWriMo is a motivator. It is a way to see if actually CAN pen 50,000 words in 30 days.

If we were having coffee right now …I would ask you if you would be interested in reading my stories and my poems. I am thinking about posting a new story for you to read each month and a new poem each month, or maybe every two weeks. What do you think? Would you read what I post?