Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Publishing Paths: A Visit from Fantasy Author J. Fries

Hello, Readers and Writers. This year has been full of twists and turns for our family— I imagine many of you could say the same! Plans changed, were adjusted, or were abandoned. 2020 looks very different from what we expected.  However, the limitations of this year have come hand-in-hand with blessings. Our family has had… Continue reading Publishing Paths: A Visit from Fantasy Author J. Fries

Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Today I’m Out Visiting Gail Johnson’s Blog- Would You Like to Come Along?

Hello, Readers and Writers! Today, author and blogger Gail Johnson was kind enough to host me for an interview on her "Women of Faith and Fiction" spot on her blog. I hope you can stop by! -Anne Women of Faith and Fiction ~ Anne Clare — Gail Johnson I also read history books and first-hand… Continue reading Today I’m Out Visiting Gail Johnson’s Blog- Would You Like to Come Along?

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Publishing Paths: An Interview With Author A.M. Heath

The road to publication looks different depending on who's walking it. I've been pleased to interview a number of authors who have been kind enough to visit this site and share their unique publishing experiences: Vanessa Rasanen, Dan Alatorre, Jean Lee and Lydia Eberhardt. All of them shared different perspectives and different lessons they learned… Continue reading Publishing Paths: An Interview With Author A.M. Heath

Marketing and Branding, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Publishing Paths: An Interview with Fantasy Author Jean Lee

Greetings Readers and Writers! It's been a pleasure to have other authors visit my blog, and to hear talented folks like Lydia Eberhardt, Dan Alatorre and Vanessa Rasanen share their personal journeys from idea, to manuscript, to published book. Today's exploration of the many winding paths to publication leads us to the door of the… Continue reading Publishing Paths: An Interview with Fantasy Author Jean Lee

Deepest Fears, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

I first posted this over a year ago, before most of you had joined me here. It seemed worth a revisit, in hopes that the little writing lessons I have learned (sometimes the hard way!) will be useful.  -Anne Playgrounds are difficult. Supervising three children on our morning excursions leaves me longing for my afternoon coffee.… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

UP FRONT by Bill Mauldin: Finding Humor in the Darkness of War

Thus far I’ve lived a quiet life, and I’m thankful for it. Of course there have been sorrows and troubles. Like every family, we have our ongoing health and relationship struggles that may not end this side of heaven. Still, once I started studying history again, I quickly remembered to be grateful for these. At… Continue reading UP FRONT by Bill Mauldin: Finding Humor in the Darkness of War

Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

The Horror! The Terror! The Author!

Many thanks to author, blogger, and my long-time friend Jon for visiting this week and creating this guest post. Are you ready for THE HORROR???! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to see the strangest creature in all creation! Just two bits and you can step out of the midway of this… Continue reading The Horror! The Terror! The Author!

Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Writing Microfiction: The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge

I won a writing contest today!I had never attempted writing microfiction before this year, but when I started looking around for other writing blogs on WordPress, I found Nicola Auckland's "Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge." A one-word prompt is uploaded to the site every Saturday. The challenge is self-explanatory. Write a story, based… Continue reading Writing Microfiction: The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge

Life, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Phantom Otter

A flash of movement, a lithe, furry body rolling over in the shadows of the stream bank, a glimpse of a webbed foot- I stared, unbelieving. Then, I reacted like any dignified adult would. "LOOK, KIDS! AN OTTER! A RIVER OTTER!" Yes, yes, I know. It was exactly the wrong reaction when spying a wild animal… Continue reading Phantom Otter

Deepest Fears, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Nightmare Season

It's my nightmare season. I had my first one just this week. After twelve years, I ought to expect them. Each is a little different, but it's just a theme and variations. I've named them "the teacher nightmares." I stand in front of the classroom.  I have all of my plans in my head, ready to go,… Continue reading Nightmare Season