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Camellias Don’t Compare

When I’m mulling over my writing, my garden always provides inspiration (story-wise and writer-life-wise). With several stories in different phases, I tend to take time outside to sort things out. Lately, my garden inspiration comes from my camellias. Three plants,...

The Eyes Have It

Photo by Scott Van Daalen on Unsplash To better understand the finer points of social media marketing, I’m taking a class to learn how to optimize my writing business. Our first assignment is to read and discuss a case study involving the online prescription eyeglass...

Finding A New Way Through the Fog

Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash I remember living in Fresno and driving to work in our “Tule Fog.” It was so thick I couldn’t see more than a foot beyond the hood. I couldn’t see the lanes, the stoplights, or discern intersections. The only way to cross a street...

Fear and Pursuing Your Dreams

I’ve suffered from panic anxiety for over 40 years. That means two-thirds of my life has been consumed with fearing things that might never happen. Feeling that like death was right at my door, I got good at staying inside my comfort zone and preparing for any What...

Author Spotlight: Brent Gill

(Originally posted January 7, 2019) I’m chatting with Brent Gill about his newly published middle-grade novel, Fire on Black Mountain. Before we get started, congratulations on your book! This is a major accomplishment. Thank you so much, Joan. It sure feels like a...

Remembering Dan

(Originally posted February 7, 2018) Last June, our community lost a very talented writer, musician, and all-around amazing guy, Dan Mc Guire. After his passing, our Writers of Kern (WOK) Board wanted to do something in his memory. Because he was an avid blogger (over...