Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Monday, May 28, 2012

Freedom Isn't Free

Today please remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

First Author Earnings!


This week, after eight years of writing, two research trips, numerous Amazon purchases of research books, domain name costs, blogging expenses, magazine subscriptions, writing software, ACFW membership fees, printing fees, quires of paper, advertising costs, heartache, anxiety, writer's block and contest fees - da da!

This week I made my very first profit as a writer. Are you ready? *trumpet blast*

Yep. You read it correctly. The totally amazing sum of $36.18. And you know what? I was thrilled to receive it.

I think writing, at least for me, might be one of those things that you get into and start doing BEFORE you know how difficult it is. Like marriage. And raising children. And maybe that's a good thing and quite possibly the Lord planned it that way. Because if we knew how hard it was to do some of those things, we might never have started. True commitment and true faithfulness only come AFTER you have that watershed moment when it dawns on you just how hard it it really is to do this thing.

There have been several times on this writing journey of mine when I considered giving up. Just chucking the whole thing and going back to the things that normal people do. You know, like housework, making dinner, going to a movie with your husband. Like being outside on a beautiful summer day instead of sitting in front of a computer screen.

And sometimes, knowing how much money I had already invested into this "writing career" of mine was the only thing that kept me going. That, and my critique partner, Stephanie (Check out her blog at www.stephanie-thornton.com) who recently signed a three book deal AT AUCTION!

I could mention the total sum of what I've spent on all those expenses mentioned above. But I hesitate to do that because I wouldn't want to frighten or discourage any would-be writers reading this blog.

I'd rather encourage them.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I've spent a few days researching corsets for my Gilded Age novel. Was there ever another beauty device as uncomfortable as a corset?

Then again, the the plate-lipped Sara women of Africa don't have it easy, either.

This is the classic 18 inch waist. Yowser! The goal was to have a waist that a man could "handspan" - in other words, he could put his hands around a lady's waist and his fingers would touch.

For the rich, corsets were made of beautiful fabrics like silk and satin and velvet. But they all had one thing in common - lots of boning and "stays".

Is it my imagination or does this lady look somewhat constipated? Apparently tight corseting could do all kinds of compression of your ribs and internal organs. Not to mention that you couldn't take a deep breath in them. Or eat. Come to think of it, that might actually be a good thing.

Corseting has made a comeback in recent years. Men find it sexy. Above is a modern day example, the actress Dita Von Teese. That can't be her real name.

Anyway, it's fun to research this stuff but the corset is one historical item I can live without. What about you?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Secret Hope Free on Amazon May 6-7

For two days, starting tomorrow May 6, A Secret Hope will be free on Amazon for download to your Kindle.

I have a function at the Benton library today here in Kentucky and I will be giving away free copies of the book to any interested parties there.

So if you'd like a free eBook or know someone who might like to read it, here's your chance.

For those of you reading this who might not know, A Secret Hope is historical fiction set in 5th Century Ireland at the time that St. Patrick brought the Gospel there.

If you like ancient archaeology, there's plenty of that in A Secret Hope. There's also a love story, ancient medicine and lots of action as well.

If you read it be sure to let me know what you liked or didn't like about the story.

You can access the link to the right to go to my amazon page.