The Stain

Last evening, I had one of those parenting moments that gives you pause. At school, I’d call it a “teachable moment”.

My living room was a jumble of noise. The oldest was practicing his guitar with the amp a little too loud. The middle child was playing a game on his Kindle, and my daughter was absorbed in a video on her Kindle. My husband was watching TV.

“I’m going back to the bedroom to work for awhile,” I announced. “It’s too distracting in here.”

And work I did, for nearly fifteen whole minutes. But my progress was halted when my son appeared next to my bed, a sorrowful expression on his face. “Mom, we spilled something on the carpet.”

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Happy Birthday, USA

We just finished one of the wettest Fourth of July holidays I can remember, with inches of rain and flooding forcing us to stay indoors. Since I spent the day working on revisions for Don’t Ask, I thought I’d share some Happy Birthday wishes to the USA and to the character of Olivia Miller, who happens to share a birthday with the greatest country on Earth. Continue reading “Happy Birthday, USA”

Exciting News!

I am thrilled to announce that Don’t Ask Me to Leave has been offered a contract by Mantle Rock Publishing! This is an incredible opportunity for me. Seeing something I wrote in print has always been on my bucket list, and while I have come close, with a poem published in the Herald-Leader and an article in Christian Woman magazine, this is truly the fulfillment of that childhood desire. Continue reading “Exciting News!”