Happy New Year!

Here are my goals for 2018:

  • Survive edits of Circus in a Shot Glass
  • Finish revisions of “the goblets novel”
  • Finish draft one of Death’s Keyhole (working title)
  • Survive book signing at library
  • Sell books at local craft store

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful 2018, full of hope and joy and (hopefully) writing!

Keep your pen on the page,


Christmas Gifts — The Writerly List

Here are a few gift ideas for writers that I found. I haven’t been paid or asked to endorse these, and haven’t tried them all. Just a heads up 😉


Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass

Stephen King’s On Writing



A bookish candle of the month club subscription from Frostbeard Studio

A quill and ink set

This clock (I hate clocks that tick, but this one is cute, I must admit)

OR this clock

A “go away; I’m writing” sign

A cool journal



These handmade typewriter earrings

A cool necklace

A Few of My Favorite Things – ’17 Edition

Here is a list of awesome things I’ve used in 2017 that I highly recommend you add to your Christmas list–or shopping list 🙂


Bath & Beauty:

Foot remedy balm from Earth Therapeutics

Foot scrub from Earth Therapeutics

Munka honey lip balm by Wild Ferni

Tea tree oil body wash from Oleavine 

Tea tree oil foot spray from Earth Therapeutics



The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

Nemesis by Anna Banks

The Real God by Chip Ingram

(Also, don’t forget about In a Pickle and Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension in print or coming soon in print from Amazon.com)


Food & Drink:

Energy and weight loss green tea by Yogi

Rooibos chai (tea) by Numi

Breakfast blend tea by Numi




Bring Your Own Book
Home Misc.

Pillow mist from Earth Therapeutics 



“Hurt” by Johnny Cash

“HandClap” by Fitz and the Tantrums
TV & Movies:

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency


I was not paid to endorse ANY of those products listed up there. I’ve tried and enjoyed each and wanted to share 🙂

Keep your pen on the page,

P.S. Still love my mug from Target!



I hit publish for Lady Catherine Says! While it hasn’t gone live yet, you can sign up (on Amazon) to be notified when it is made available. YAY!

I’m throwing around some possibilities of a book signing next year, and selling my books from a local craft store and perhaps a coffee shop. We’ll see!

Keep your pen on the page,

P.S. Tomorrow’s blog post will be a Christmas shopping guide! I’m hoping to do a special one just for writers, too. Stay tuned…


A happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone 🙂 Here are some things I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • My friends
  • My cat, Cricket
  • My church

Aaaand…In a Pickle finally coming out on Amazon! Thank you for everyone who has supported me on the road to this point in my career 😀 Your words of encouragement, your help, and your prayers are the reason everything worked out. And a big thanks to my publisher, Lea at MuseItUp, for allowing me to publish in print and helping me when things got sticky Monday with CreateSpace!

Now, to launch Lady Catherine Says. I hit publish next week 😮

Keep your pen on the page,