Life as an Editor

I have been editing a manuscript today Switching out a word, a phrase, sometimes a whole sentence Looking for repetition to eliminate while keeping the rhythm of the words Searching for themes, motifs, and tropes that will illuminate the writing Delighting when I stumble upon an apt metaphor Or a succinctly stated feeling Or a…

In All Matters, Big and Small

Dear Father in heaven, guide me as You would have me go. I pray this prayer every day. It is a reminder to myself to open my heart and trust that my Higher Power – God and Jesus – are watching over me and shepherding me along the way. I often hear non-religious people posit the question, “Why would God…

More Wisdom from Another

Today I found this index card among my stack that I bought at an estate sale years ago. It is typed but is not signed. It reads: Short Course in Human Relations The 6 Most Important Words: I admit I made a mistake. The 5 Most Important Words: You did a good job. The 4…

More Words of Wisdom from Another

Another card from the stack of handwritten index cards I bought at an estate sale years ago reads: To be seen, stand up; To be heard, speak up; To learn, shut up! I will admit that this card offers some wisdom that I can benefit from. I have a tendency not to always just shut…

Someone Else’s Wisdom

I was sorting through boxes the other day here in Texas and I came upon a stack of index cards held together with a rubber band. I started going through the cards and remembered that I found them a long time ago (can’t remember when) at an estate sale. Most have handwritten sayings on them…

Multi-Tasking in Texas

I am tired tonight. Tired enough that I believe I could lay my head down on my writing table and go straight to sleep. Over the past several days, Ray and I have been tackling lots of the toughest spots we have here in Texas. Hauling lots of furniture and boxes out of our barn…

One Take, Here I Come!

I wrote this piece recently as my “President’s Letter” for the September edition of the Story Circle Network Journal. This tells the story of how I became involved in this wonderful women’s writing organization and why it has become so important to me over the years. Recently, our new board member and YouTube Channel coordinator,…

A Ramble Through My Day

I am returning to my 20 minutes a day practice of writing. I want to simply get words on the page to keep my writing (and ideas) flowing easily. That is one of the real benefits of writing for even as few as 20 minutes each day. It’s like doing push-ups for writing. Builds up…

Counting My Childhood Friends

Today, I did something strange. I was tired and was resting for a little while after working in the heat of early September in Texas. I leaned my head back against the chair in an air conditioned room and started mentally listing all the people I knew growing up. I’m from a little Texas town…