Category Archives: writing

Back in the Saddle

Back-in-the-Saddle-AgainAh, how good it feels to be writing again!  I’ve spent the better part of the last year preparing for or recovering from one surgery or another – four in the past year. But now here I am with two knees and all of that surgery and recovery behind me.

My project list is very long. I just finished and published a learning unit on angles and triangles (Mathcraft Geometry: All About Angles), based on the game Minecraft. The next in line is my new book The Quick Guide to Learning through Video Games which will be accompanied by The Quick Guide to Learning through Minecraft. It looks like those will be finished and ready for release in February. I’m looking for beta readers and editing help. If you’re interested, please send me a message.

I’m also taking on new grant writing clients. This is the first time in well over a year that I’ve accepted new clients, so if you need help in this area – or you know someone who does – now is the time to jump aboard.

It definitely feels good to be back! What are you working on?

Chasing the Sunset

Chasing the sun down Highway 16
Speeding by the orchards and fields
Hoping to make it to the perfect spot
To see the sunset before it disappears
Indecisive clouds threaten rain
As the azure and rose of the sunset
Take on a smoky hue
And the day fades gently into the past.
The beautiful sights of the valley
Complement the radiance of the sky.
Trees are transformed into perfect silhouettes in the dusk;
 A herd of goats meanders slowly through a golden field.
We arrive at our destination just in time
To capture the final moments of the day.
As the sun disappears, we drink in the colors that
Refuse to give way to the darkness
Golden hills, green trees, hints of blue in the sky,
Colors in thousands of shades are
Painted into God’s masterpiece,
A gift we receive simply by stopping to look.
As we gaze silently at the panoramic view,
The sounds begin to compete with the sights for attention.
The creek below us babbles and rushes, making a Shhhh sound,
Seemingly shushing us, encouraging  a silent reverence
As the sun makes its final retreat.
All around us, the crickets sing their song of welcome to the night.
My spirit is calmed and refreshed.
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I wrote this poem after an evening drive with a friend a few weeks ago.  We had enjoyed a meal together and then decided to drive through the country to a particular spot to watch the sun go down.  The only problem was that the sun had already started to set and it seemed like we were truly chasing it as we drove westward toward our destination. We were chasing the sunset.

It’s Not All About Baseball

66105_237330353070501_366883523_nIt may seem like everything in my life is all about baseball and Rookie Season because you’ve been hearing so much about the Rookie Season launch this month. Well, there is so much more going on than that.

The Quick Guide to Learning through Video Games, which will include The Quick Guide to Learning through Minecraft™, will be released in February. I’ve also been busy working on the next two curricular units based on the game Minecraft™.

But that’s not all! Scoring Position, the sequel to Rookie Season, is also in the works, as is a short story collection.

By the time all of these are finished and published, it will be baseball season and my life will be all about baseball. 🙂

I love baseball.  I always have.  There’s something magic about being at the ballpark on a hot summer day. The warmth of the sun. The coolness of the breeze.  The scent of fresh cut grass.  The sound of the crowd and the crack of the bat. It all restores the soul, my friends.

And in less than three months, it’s back.

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Writing with My Son

Danny January 2015I’m working on a collaborative project with my youngest son.  He is eleven.  I started this project on my own, but then I needed his help with a few things, and that escalated into him doing a bunch of writing with me.

The project is A Parent’s Quick Guide to Learning Through Video Games. I’m writing most of the main guide, but we’re also developing about 15 video game learning guides to accompany the book.  Most will be sold separately, but the Quick Guide to Learning Through Minecraft will be sold with the main book. Danny is doing a lot of the writing on the individual game guides, and he’s doing a great job so far!

Writing with my son has turned out to be a grand adventure! I can’t wait to share the results.

Why Am I Already Behind?

lateHow can I possibly be behind already when we’re only six days into the new year? Regardless of how it happened, I am.  I’m already running trying to catch up, and I hate that feeling!

As you know, my book is scheduled for release on January 30th. Rookie Season (Love in the Ballpark Series Book 1) is available for pre-order now.  If you haven’t pre-ordered your e-version yet, do it soon.  You can pre-order through Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Nobel (Nook), or Kobo.  The print edition will be released at about the same time.

Anyway, the editing process is finally wrapping up.  I’m collecting comments from beta readers to incorporate into the final draft.  Soon I’ll be doing the final formatting. The first virtual book tour starts on Monday. The book trailer is just about finished. All of this requires a bunch of work and coordination, even though I have some awesome folks helping out and doing a lot of the heavy lifting.

And then there’s all my other writing.  Ack!

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m very grateful that I get to do what I love, but it’s not as much fun when I’m struggling to keep up.

Still, I’m a very fortunate gal. 🙂

Am I the only one who’s already behind?

Goodbye to 2014!

Goodbye-2014-cardI’ll admit it.  I’m glad to see 2014 go.  Charles Dickens comes to mind. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” If you read my post, My New Sight, you have an idea of what I mean.

I struggled with some serious health problems, my business went through some profound changes (both good and bad), and I was faced with some pretty important personal decisions.  The first half of the year was hell. July through October was purgatory as I started making big changes, and November and December have shown me some lengthy glimpses of heaven.  That’s the trend right now.  Heaven.

I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the process I went through in 2014. For that reason, I’m grateful for it all, but it’s still hard to say that. It’s hard to be grateful for pain, isn’t it?

Since 2014 is ending on a very positive note for me, I’m optimistic about 2015. I’m happy and reasonably healthy.  I have a plan for the year and I’m excited about it! I have several publications in process. Even better, I know that there is a lot of unexpected good in store for me over the next year and I’m ready for it.

For the first time in over a year, I’m looking forward to creative opportunities, rather than just working as hard as I can to overcome obstacles. What a difference this one change makes!

Specifically, the creative opportunities I’m looking forward to right now are related to publishing several more books in the coming year. That’s not all I have planned, but that’s what’s motivating me these days.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to in 2015?  Are you ready to say goodbye to 2014?

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