What's going on?
If you've followed me over the years, then you know that I started blogging back in 2002 with a blog called Down the Writer's Path. That's why my Facebook group is called the same. Last year I had two massive malware attacks which led to me abandoning my hosting site and closing down all my blogs, sites, etc.. To simplify everything, I switched hosting services and opened up this new website using my name.
Who am I?
I am not one of those writers who always knew she'd be a writer, someone who scribbled on paper all day long. No, I've been an avid reader all my life. I consumed books like other people swallow whole chocolate bars. I remember, as a child, spending entire Saturdays lying on my bed with a stack of books and reading from dawn to dusk. It was only when I hit my 30s that I determined to explore the other side of the coin. I've been writing voraciously ever since.
How are things progressing?
Unfortunately, thanks to the malware attacks, I lost everything I'd posted online. I'm slowly reclaiming my work, when I can, but pushing forward with new material to reflect more of my life now in this new world of digital publishing. Patience is needed. Thankfully, I've finally learned to respect that virtue.
Blogging isn't the only writing I do. I've gone down many paths in my pursuit of writing and had any number of ups and downs. I even won a Romance Writer's Young Adult Golden Heart Award for VIDEO MAGIC. During my early years you can imagine my surprise when my short story ROSEBUD placed in the Writer's Digest Short Story Competition Top 50. While those are two fun highlights, I recall that it was thirteen (13) long years before I received my first contract.
Write Joyfully! is my new tag line. It expresses my philosophy about the art and craft of writing. I'll post more as I go along. For now, I hope you will stop by, read my work, and sign up to receive special news and updates.
What's with all the dogs?
Ahh, the dogs. Well, there are currently seven furbabies ranging in size from 4 lbs. to 100 lbs. They've all been rescued in one fashion or another. They wake me up in the morning, urge me to leave the computer and take them outside for exerices, and lay about in the afternoons and bring calm. I'll be introducing them and talking about their impact on my writing in coming weeks and months. Who doesn't want to hear about the dogs, right?