Last night I attended the Concordia National Book Awards. hosted by John Ydstie, National Public Radio. As I was walking out the door, my son's friend said, "Not what I would like going to!" The boys had an evening of woodworking on the lathe and Dremmel in...

This week I had Italian Soda with Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, PhD., Editor-in-Chief of the newly named NDSU Press. I was intrigued by our conversation: A press that used to be called the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies A press that has published approximately one book per...

How 7 nights, 8 days, and 1 Question changed the course of my writing. I heard about the Lake Michigan Writers Retreat randomly on FB. A friend of a friend posted that the workshop with Leslie Leylands Fields had one opening and a half price deal was...

I've spent the past two weeks putting together a thousand-piece-puzzle. In my mind. In other words: starting to get serious with the next book. It's been challenging for a whole host of reasons. Changing from nonfiction to fiction This is a MIND BOGGLING experience. Every time I...

I lamely nicknamed us The Write Club. We are a group of six women who meet every other week to talk writing. I blogged once about the benefits of Writer's Groups.  This post is more personal. It's about "my group" and what we did this past week. We meet at...

So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is officially going into a second printing! That means my book has sold beyond the expected selling numbers! COOL BEANS! It got me thinking, what exactly is a second printing? Is it the same or different from a second...

Seems like everyone is gearing up for first day of school, or first day of teaching, or first day of fall. It's transition time for me also, as a writer. Switching gears from just writing to writing and speaking. Clubs are starting up and groups are meeting. And...

This month my first (and most likely only) book ad came out in Creative Nonfiction magazine. It was one of those things that just came up and I had to make a fairly blind decision. To ad or not to ad? In general, traditional advertisement is...

As a reader, I've used Goodreads since 2009. It's a virtual bookshelf with all my books on it. I put the books in categories such as art, cooking, Africa, memoir and also the year I read it. The nice thing is, I use the library...

When I have a piece ready to publish, the first place I keep an eye on is CRWROPPS. I love everything about it.  (Except it's name; I always get the letters mixed up) CRWROPPS is the acronym for Creative Writers Opportunities, an online list-serve that distributes calls...