My heart hurts for the families and communities in Kansas City. It was a senseless crime. And it was crime that originated in a heart filled with hate. If you haven’t seen the news, you can see the story here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/us/kansas-jewish-center-shooting/

Thus, this my reply:


Winter can’t stop Spring from blooming
anymore than fear can stop Love from living.

There’s a Light that breaks darkness.
There’s a Truth that stops hatred.
There’s a Love that is second to none.

There’s a Peace in the chaos.
There’s a Hope in the waiting.
There’s a Joy that can’t be undone.

And Night can’t stop Day from dawning
Anymore than hatred can stop Love from winning.

I should get an award or something

Not sure why scientists are so ga-ga over figuring out what black holes really are. I’ve already done that. And I know how they are formed.

Revisions = black holes

Revisions are formed when first drafts become second drafts, third drafts, fourth drafts, etc. An endless loop of deletions and additions that suck the writer in further and further.

There. I’ve solved the mystery folks. Sheldon would be proud.

Deadline extended!

Do you know someone who wants to attend Write2Ignite! 2014, but he or she missed the deadline? Good news for them! It’s not too late to register.


We’ve had several requests since March 15, to extend the deadline. So, we did. Spread the word to any writing buddies who might like to join us. We are accepting registrations through Midnight, Sunday, March 23, 2014.


Inspire, Educate, Facilitate. That’s what we seek to do at Write2Ignite!


I wrote a picture book over a year ago.

I love it.

But it has never felt “right” to me.

I’ve revised countless times. My kids are tired of hearing me read it outloud. And my critique partners are ready to put it to bed.

But still… it felt like something was wrong. I didn’t have peace about it. I had the opportunity to submit it somewhere, but I couldn’t. It just wasn’t right.

The other day, my hubby said something about a different picture book – but I disagreed with him about it. I still do.

BUT… he got me to thinking. And then I did something I never thought to do with the picture book that just doesn’t feel right.

My MC was a boy, now the MC is a girl.

I wrote the story thinking all the things he was doing were “boyish” things. And yes, they were. But in this case, they are TOM-BOYISH things! And the flow is much better, at least to my ears. The opening and ending images work SO much better. And the relationship between the MC and others sounds natural, where as before it sounded fabricated and out of place.

Even though I’ve suggested this very thing to others for their characters, I never thought to do it to mine in this particular story.

After I made the change, I was finally able to cut down on the word count even more, use more vivid adjectives in the opening scene and find just the right words for the closing scene.

Have you ever had this happen?



Making Space During Lent Physically — Through Fasting

Donna Earnhardt:

Some great words and thoughts to ponder during this Lenten Season. Thank you for this, @Jan Brittain!

Originally posted on Bible 365:

Text: Matthew 6:16-18

The season of Lent – that 40 days of preparation and penitence leading to Easter– has begun. In Matthew 6, Jesus himself taught about the practices that have become the traditional disciplines of this season. In the previous blog entry, we considered what he said there about prayer. Today, let’s take a look at the practice of fasting. It is worth noting that Jesus uses the word “when” rather than “if” in referring to all three practices. Jesus assumes that the faithful will pray, fast and give. His teaching concerns how we do those things. When we fast —( and no matter how we have come to interpret it through the years, no doubt, Jesus was referring to giving up food in some way) — we make space in our physical beings. We feel the space by feeling the hunger. That space enables us to pause and…

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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday + School Visit = GREAT DAY!

Yesterday was Read Across America Day and the day schools celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday… and I had such a fabulous day! I had the opportunity to visit Mineral Springs Elementary School and share Being Frank with Pre-K through 2nd grade students! Big thanks to Jerry Ethridge for the pics below!

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I’m NOT Dead

Really. I’m not dead. I just ate a piece of cake. I’ve just been AWOL from blogging for a while.

I’ve been held prisoner by the Dust Bunny regime in my home. They declared war because I’ve started back with my FlyLady routine. The bunnies claim I am “messing with the natural order” of things and insisted I leave their habitat alone.

We’ve come to an understanding, We are naming it the Spring Spruce Truce ’14.

I will let them live as long as I can’t see them. But if they start being a nuisance? Let’s just will meet my little friend, Dust Mop.

I am happy to say that I’ve been getting a bit of writing and subbing done this week. I also have a school visit to Mineral Springs Elementary School (Ellerbe, NC) on Monday, March 3.

I will try to blog more. But no promises. I can’t be held responsible if the bunny regime kidnaps me again.

(On the bright side, they did let me bring my laptop. They seem to like facebook and twitter. I think it’s because they can watch a lot of cat videos on FB and then make fun of them on twitter!)

Blog Party!

I am jammin’ with a host of other bloggers today to celebrate…


Registration is now open and you can find it here: REGISTRATION

I am so excited about the upcoming conference in March. We have great speakers, workshops and fantastic fellowship! I hope you will join us!

Here is a list of other folks on our team. Check out their blogs and see what is going on in their lives!






Work in progress…

So – I am still working on my free-verse novel, Jiggle. And for anyone interested, this is the synopsis so far… big thanks to Laura Louise Renegar for helping me get it just right..

When eighteen-year-old Eliza joins the weight-loss program at the Y, she does it because her doctor and grandma say she should. But her heart isn’t in it until her best friend is diagnosed with leukemia and Eliza’s too-high BMI keeps her from being able to donate bone marrow. Now she is hustling to help—even if it means working out with an old-friend that wants to be more than friends or falling head over wheels for an Irish cyclist who steals her breath faster than a pair of spandex shorts. But Eliza soon discovers that life is much like the inclines and speed-bumps of a bicycle ride…and her heart is racing without a helmet.


I just finished up a visit today at Mountain Island Charter School. It was fabulous! I have two more school visits booked in November. One is in Matthews, the other is in Hendersonville. If you would like to book me for your school before the end of the year, feel free to check out this link… http://wordwranglernc.wordpress.com/school-visits/ and then email me with any questions or requests.

I LOVE school visits!

You can find my fees here: http://wordwranglernc.wordpress.com/school-visits/

Thank you for spreading the word!