The World Runs on Stories

Short and Sweet Advice for Writers: Remember. The World Runs on Stories.

THE WORLD RUNS ON STORIES! By Jamie Lee Wallace: I have yet to meet a writer who doesn’t routinely doubt the sanity of writing. Despite realizing that writing is an inextricable part of our identity, we can’t help but question its use… View Original Post: Short and Sweet Advice for Writers: Remember. The World Runs on Stories. THE WORD “STORY” IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE WORDS! Continue reading Short and Sweet Advice for Writers: Remember. The World Runs on Stories.

The Sunflower and the Bees

Sunflowers, Honey Bees and the Hot Days of Summer!

THE SUNFLOWER AND THE HONEY BEES AND THE HOT DAYS OF SUMMER! One of the benefits of the hot days of summer is that when it’s 100 degrees outside it’s much easier to stay indoors and just write, write, write!! Here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve been experiencing a string of extremely hot days and it’s a little too much for me to endure being outdoors for very long. But the honey … Continue reading Sunflowers, Honey Bees and the Hot Days of Summer!

Freezer Pantry Goodies for Quick Real Food Meals

Freezer Pantry Breakfast Staples for Quick Real Food Meals

BREAKFAST STAPLES TO KEEP IN YOUR FREEZER FOR QUICK REAL FOOD MEALS! Easy Real Food Meals depend on well-stocked pantries. And my freezer pantry is just as important as my regular kitchen pantry for whipping up nutritious meals quickly. Protein can be the most time-consuming ingredient to prepare when it comes to putting together a wholesome meal. So, my freezer always has several servings of chicken breakfast sausage ready … Continue reading Freezer Pantry Breakfast Staples for Quick Real Food Meals

Adverb Problems

The Adverb Problem and Why Authors Should Care

THE ROLE OF ADVERBS IN FICTION WRITING? By Gary Smailes: In this article I will set out to explain why so many famous authors (Stephen King being perhaps the most vocal) warn other authors against the use of adverbs. In fact, King’… View Original Post: The Adverb Problem and Why Authors Should Care Posted On: A Writer’s Path GREAT INFORMATION I PUT TO WORK IMMEDIATELY!! Continue reading The Adverb Problem and Why Authors Should Care

The Sun Sets on Another Day

The Sun Sets on Another Day of Writing! Sigh!

THE DAZZLING SUN SETS ON ANOTHER TREASURED DAY OF WRITING! Each day that passes is another day closer to the release of my new novel “Heart Seasons” and is also another day of writing that is gone!! And those days are so, so precious! But the good news is, I control the release date of my books since I’m an independent publisher. This makes it easier for me to focus on … Continue reading The Sun Sets on Another Day of Writing! Sigh!

Essential Kitchen Tools for Healthy Eating

Our Top 5 Essential Kitchen Tools For Healthy Eating | Food Matters

HELPFUL KITCHEN TOOLS FOR EATING HEALTIER REAL FOOD MEALS! From Food Matters: The key to vitality and spring-in-your-step sparkling health is really very simple. It all starts with cooking wholesome, fresh and nutritious foods. That said, putting this into practice does not … View Original Post: Our Top 5 Essential Kitchen Tools For Healthy Eating | Food Matters Continue reading Our Top 5 Essential Kitchen Tools For Healthy Eating | Food Matters

Summer Season Cinnamon Trail Mix

Light Summer Season Cinnamon Trail Mix

LIGHT SIX INGREDIENT SUMMER SEASON CINNAMON TRAIL MIX! Trail mix can be a yummy healthy snack if the ingredients are selected carefully. My simple crunchy summer season cinnamon recipe is 1 part Seeds, 1 part Nuts, 1 part Grains, 1 part Dried Fruit and 1 part something Sweet, but not too sweet. Watch the amount of sugar in the sweet ingredient! This tasty travel ready snack is light and a … Continue reading Light Summer Season Cinnamon Trail Mix

Scenery

7 Ways to Write Visually (Without Describing Everything)

GREAT TIPS FROM PHOEBE QUINN A WRITER OF FICTION! By Phoebe Quinn – The world is pretty visual, but I’m not. Despite my insistence that, if I had to choose, I’d rather lose my hearing than my sight, I’ve never been able to work in a visual wa… View Original Post: 7 Ways to Write Visually (Without Describing Everything) Originally Posted On: A Writer’s Path Continue reading 7 Ways to Write Visually (Without Describing Everything)

Chocolate, Coffee and Cream Tiramisu Cake

Chocolate, Coffee and Cream Tiramisu Cake

RICH AND CHOCOLATEY, COFFEE AND CREAM TIRAMISU CAKE! Tiramisu cake is a “cheer me up” coffee-flavored dessert that is a favorite for holidays or special occasions. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or just because. There are many variations of this popular dessert and I would like to share my delicious easy recipe with you. My version is eggless and alcohol-free, but is still just as luscious as the classic recipe invented in the 1960’s. Actually, … Continue reading Chocolate, Coffee and Cream Tiramisu Cake

Time Flies

Where Does The Time Go? It Literally Flies Away!

WRITING TAKES TIME AND MINE KEEPS FLYING AWAY! AARGH!! The days on my calendar keep slipping away as I just moved the projected release date for my next novel, “Heart Seasons.” My hope is to have my book independently published by the holidays this winter, so I must do better at prioritizing my time. The dedicated hours and days and months it takes to write a novel can … Continue reading Where Does The Time Go? It Literally Flies Away!

Simple Strawberries and Cream Summer Dessert

Simple Strawberries and Coconut Cream Summer Dessert

DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY FRESH STRAWBERRIES WITH COCONUT CREAM! In season, organic fresh sweet strawberries make the perfect quick healthy dessert. Top the sliced berries with a generous dollop of non-dairy whipped coconut cream and then sprinkle them with a little aromatic cinnamon. I enjoy this dessert almost as much as cake and I’ve said many times that I love cake. Just slice about six or so cleaned and … Continue reading Simple Strawberries and Coconut Cream Summer Dessert

Dani's Sky

The Beauty of the Northern Oregon Coast

THE GIFTS OF GOD! This spectacular photo was taken by my sister-in-law and is a beautiful representation of the summer sunset in my hometown. The town that inspired the fictional community of “Beachville” in my novel. As I continue working on my next book and struggle to find the hours it takes to write something more than a blog post, I know this project is blessed and ask God for the patience … Continue reading The Beauty of the Northern Oregon Coast

Author Background

A Family Affair: J.F. (Joanna) Penn and Arthur J. Penn

FATHER AND DAUGHTER SELF PUBLISHING TEAM! A Family Affair: J.F. (Joanna) Penn and Arthur J. Penn Author J.F. (Joanna) Penn got her love of literature from her dad, Arthur J. Penn, who still supports her by being a beta reader. She returned the favor by helping him publish his first book. Watch them share their story. Continue reading A Family Affair: J.F. (Joanna) Penn and Arthur J. Penn

Red Raspberry, White Nectarine and Blueberry Icebox Cake

Red Raspberry, White Nectarine and Blueberry Icebox Cake

COOL NO-BAKE RED RASPBERRY, WHITE NECTARINE AND BLUEBERRY ICEBOX CAKE! The icebox cake became popular in the 1930’s because it was easily created from pre-made cookies and whipped cream. It required no baking and was just chilled in a refrigerator before serving. In my version of this creamy cakey delight there are layers of fresh fruit and the amount of sugar is drastically reduced to give it a healthy quality. There isn’t much skimping on the fat though, because after … Continue reading Red Raspberry, White Nectarine and Blueberry Icebox Cake