Welcome to my Blog

I blog about writing, the writing process, editing, marketing, and all things self-publishing in the children’s chapter book field.  Occasionally, I blog about mom-life because kids are entertaining. 

Mental Health Break: Taking Time for Yourself

Summary: I went on a mini-writing retreat with a goal of writing X amount of words, but instead realized what I really needed was a mental health break. How It…
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Writing-Make the Time to Write

Writing-Make the Time to Write

Short Version: If you want to be a writer, you need to write. Finding the time to write can be difficult, but if you start small, setting simple goals, you…
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Preparing for your First Book Market

Preparing for your First Book Market

TLDR: A few weeks ago, my husband stumbled across an advertisement for a brand new Book Market starting up called Books and Browsables here in Dublin (St. Patrick’s Park, Sundays 11-4…
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How to Choose a Pen Name

How to Choose a Pen Name

Choosing to use a pen name can be a tough decision. Don’t think of it as losing your identity, rather gaining an extra personality. Knowing you want a pen name…
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Why I Use a Pen Name

Why I Use a Pen Name

  When I first started creating the Magic Cube series, I hemmed and hawed over what name I would write under. I’m sure I was overly dramatic about the whole…
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Newsletter and Free Novella

Recently I started a newsletter. The goal is for the newsletter to be informative, and contain some exclusive material, while not being overly annoying and flooding your inbox. I like…
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Easy Homemade Kid-Friendly Slime

Easy Homemade Kid-Friendly Slime

TL; DR: I hate store-bought slime. I discovered a super easy homemade, kid-friendly slime recipe. It only takes three ingredients and 10 mins. The kids love it and it cleans…
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Character Development: Creating the Watson Children

Character Development: Creating the Watson Children

Character Development Struggles When I first started writing, I struggled with character development. I completed my very first manuscript, an adult suspense book, about ten years ago. I sent out…
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Book Hunt in Stepaside

Book Hunt in Stepaside

Several years back I lived in a tiny town called Olalla in Washington State. In that town lives a famous author, Mr. Gregg Olsen. Every year, on Christmas Eve, Gregg…
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Hosting a Kids Color Competition

Hosting a Kids Color Competition

TLDR – Coloring contest wrap up – judging the contest and learnings (I need more followers and further reach in advertising.) An Idea Sparks Let me start by saying, I am…
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Easy Homemade Eggnog Recipe (Kid-friendly)

Easy Homemade Eggnog Recipe (Kid-friendly)

Short Summary: It’s nearly impossible to find Eggnog in Ireland (without costing a fortune), so I make my own. This easy homemade eggnog recipe is kid-friendly and tastes great. I’m…
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How Do I Convert A Closet To Office Storage? 5 Easy Steps

Wood elements like a floating shelf and a bench topper completed the project. If you’ve got an extra hall closet, it might be the perfect opportunity to create a mudroom….
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Shout-out to all my Supporters!

Shout-out to all my Supporters!

I ran a Kickstarter in order to promote my book and get a few pre-sales (you can read it about it here). The Kickstarter ended on Sept. 27th and thankfully…
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Creating a Signature

Creating a Signature

One of my Kickstarter rewards is a signed copy of my book. I was so excited when I received my copies of the book, I could hardly wait to start…
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My Writing Process

My Writing Process

      People are often curious about what an author’s writing process looks like. Every author has their own style and their own process for completing a novel. Below,…
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Construction in Progress CIP and Software in Progress SIP Capitalization FA 166 Office of the Chief Financial Officer Georgetown University

The construction work in progress account is a prime target of auditors, since costs may be stored here longer than they should be, thereby avoiding depreciation until a later period….
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Creating the Story (Mystery of the Cursed Elves)

Creating the Story (Mystery of the Cursed Elves)

Readers are often interested in where a story idea comes from. For me, inspiration comes, most often, from normal everyday life. The Mystery of the Curse Elves came from a…
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Trying a Kickstarter Campaign

Trying a Kickstarter Campaign

I’m a writer, and I love to write. I am not good at marketing, and I am certainly not good at selling myself or my work. It’s not that I…
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Should I Use a Pen Name?

Should I Use a Pen Name?

  One of the top questions budding authors want to know is if they should use a pen name or their actual name. What are the main reasons for using…
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Introdução à Ciência e Engenharia de Dados

Desenvolva uma visão estratégica e tenha conhecimento sobre as principais ferramentas e metodologias mais utilizadas pelos cientistas de dados. Dentro do mundo do Python, você vai ter, por exemplo, o…
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