The liquid and ever-changing world of book publication reminds me that just when I get comfortable, things are most likely going to change. This time it's my Book Distributor. I've gotten a new book distributor ...

Rebecca LeBoeuf, Editorial Assistant at The Penman Review emailed me a month ago about a Q&A for The Penman Profile. I said sure, I 'd love to do that. Over the course of the month, we emailed back and forth. Over the course of the month, my...

I've been in this relationship for over 15 years. And I'm Saying Good-Bye. We initially got acquainted fifteen years ago. But since January of 2014, we notched up 184 meetings of one sort or another.  It's been a long and significant relationship, and I'm calling it quits, kissing it good-bye,...

This week I taught a class on Living an International Life. It came about like this. A couple years ago, I did an AW story on Beth Ekre: 2009 N.D. Teacher of the Year. A few months ago, a met Beth unexpectedly and she invited me to...

I know a couple who ditch New Year's Eve resolutions and instead choose to do one new thing each year. This year she chose to learn fencing. She's never done it and doesn't know the least thing about it. When I asked her about it, she said, "I...

The news just came out! So Many Africas has been short-listed by the May Sarton Liteary Awards committee. Check it out! What does that mean? As simple as it sounds. Short-listed: to be put on a short list.  The May Sarton Literary Awards are giving three awards...

I'd like to take the credit for the lovely stamps featured on my new blog banners, but I can't. Not totally. Although I took the photos and designed the banners, the stamps were collected ages ago by my husband. It's one of his hobbies. To...

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...

Stepping back, forty years into your own history, is slightly mind-bending. Last night I did a book reading/talk at the Valley City Barnes County Library. I'm not usually too worried about book talks; last night I was. What if ...

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...