Posted in Craft of writing, journal writing, Travel Writing, Writing Retreats

Hemingway & Chardonnay

Hemingway & Chardonnay Travel Writing Retreat
at Mo-Ranch conference center, in Hunt, TX, on October 25-27, 2019

During this luxurious weekend retreat, we will write about adventures that are close to our hearts (Hemingway) and sip wine (chardonnay or your favorite beverage) while writing. Bring your computer or pen and paper, and a work in progress, if you want!

This meditative writing retreat:

  1. allows the experience of travel to be your teacher
  2. gives you leisurely time and a lovely setting to write all the while digging deeper into your artistic repertoire
  3. offers you inspiration, instruction and guidance to reflect on adventures (past, present or future)
  4. unlocks a community of contemplative friends with whom to safely share (you can decide whether or not you are comfortable sharing your writing)

You will write as a contemplative traveler, pilgrim and sojourner. You will incorporate all five (or six) senses into your writing scenes and find structure for your stories. You will learn how to revise your work to make it sing, cry, or laugh out loud.


For information and to register go to: Hemingway & Chardonnay, Mo-Ranch, Hunt, TX, October 25-27, 2019

Posted in Craft of writing, Marketing, Promotion

Promoting my Book Locally

Sometimes it is difficult to find an audience for your book and the process is time consuming. But a recent opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up. The Comfort, Texas, Public Library hosted its annual Read-A-Thon Saturday, March 30, 2019. I was invited to read and exhibit my book, At Home in the World: Travel Stories of Growing Up and Growing Away. Continue reading “Promoting my Book Locally”

Posted in Craft of writing, Submitting for Publication, Writing

WOW! Women on Writing publishes my essay: Finger Gone Rogue, Writing Gone Mute

Some of you will recall me sharing with you last year that I almost lost a finger but saved it by getting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Good news came from that unfortunate experience.

Life often gives us our stories. We bring them to life for others by writing them.

Continue reading “WOW! Women on Writing publishes my essay: Finger Gone Rogue, Writing Gone Mute”

Posted in Craft of writing, fiction, Writing, Writing exercises

Revision: Ways to Improve my Writing


Editing a paragraph from my book-in-progress illustrates the kind of work entailed in revision. This is the “line edit” kind of editorial work that I do on an ongoing process with my writing partners and for myself.  Continue reading “Revision: Ways to Improve my Writing”