The Importance of the Right Beta-Reader

Getting the feedback you need I knew what beta testing was, but I never knew there was such a thing as “beta readers” until I really dove into the writing world online. Editors I got, proof-readers made sense. But I didn’t know there was this whole other animal that would read your book and provideContinue reading “The Importance of the Right Beta-Reader”

Enjoying the Madness

Figuring out what to do and how to do it after THE MANUSCRIPT is finished feels a little like rolling dice. But not just any dice. I mean multiply-sided dice reminiscent of the dice my kids use to play dungeons and dragons. One of those suckers has twenty sides! I mean, I think my crimeContinue reading “Enjoying the Madness”

My Latest Book Is Available Now!

I am excited to announce that my latest book, a book of poetry, lyrics, and photography, is now available on Amazon! The theme of this book is renewal and restoration, moving on from the past to a bright future. Spring is a month away, and just as nature renews itself each year, we can beContinue reading “My Latest Book Is Available Now!”

Episode 11: A MuddyUm Associated Press Special Report

This week, we have a special episode of the Words from the River podcast, featuring an array of writers for the MuddyUm publication on medium.com. You can find the publication HERE. Each of the writers who have contributed to this podcast write a variety of great work across Medium, from humor, to fiction, to poetryContinue reading “Episode 11: A MuddyUm Associated Press Special Report”

Episode 10: Christina Ward

Click to listen on Spotify, Google Podcasts, PocketCasts, Anchor and RadioPublic Her writing, rich with imagery, nature themes, and raw analysis of human nature, has been published in the Cameo, the Arrowhead, Wolff Poetry Literary Magazine, Vita Brevis Press, on her WordPress blog: Fiddleheads & Floss, as well as in various publications on Medium. AwardsContinue reading “Episode 10: Christina Ward”

Top Ten Bannable Christmas Carols

Keeping Christmas Safe for All The Top Ten Bannable Christmas Carols Keeping Christmas safe for all: satire We all love holiday music. Some people love it so much they start playing it in October, which of course makes them sociopaths. However, there are some Christmas songs that just should not be part of a woke society.Continue reading “Top Ten Bannable Christmas Carols”

Kevin’s Perfect Gift

They agreed on a $200 spending limit. It was one of the most generous limits Julie and Kevin had imposed in their 15 year marriage. Julie was determined to spend it well. And it was time to begin shopping – today. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be done by Christmas. “Good to see you again, Mrs. Dillard,”Continue reading “Kevin’s Perfect Gift”

Episode 9: Helen Cassidy Page

Listen on Spotify, Overcast, Breaker, PocketCast, Google Podcasts, and RadioPublic Happy Friday, and welcome to Episode 9 of the words from the river podcast.  We’re back in Muscle Shoals this week, and I’m talking with author Helen Cassidy Page. Ms. Page lived in San Francisco and publishes fiction and nonfiction.  As a fiction writer, sheContinue reading “Episode 9: Helen Cassidy Page”

Episode 8: Final Friday Fiction

This week, we’ll be reading flash fiction from two authors as well as an excerpt from a work in progress. Our first piece of fiction was written by Lisa Tomey. Lisa writes, fiction, poetry, and essays, and she has published a book of poetry, Heart Sounds, which is available on Amazon here: Heart Sounds. LisaContinue reading “Episode 8: Final Friday Fiction”

Episode 7: Jonica Bradley

Welcome to Episode 7 of Words from the River! This weeks I’m talking with Jonica Bradley, a writer, artist, rancher, and bee farmer. She writes for Medium and Grit, and boy does she have some amazing stories to tell. A native of Los Angeles, she currently resides in Texas with her husband, children, and anContinue reading “Episode 7: Jonica Bradley”