Under Construction!

Every few years, I like to freshen things up a bit on my sites, and it’s that time again. Until I finish moving things around and pretty-ing it up, though,  it may look a little messy around here. Please bear with me!

In the meantime, I’ve added some new work to my gallery/portfolio, so please check out my Art & Illustration page. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find. Thanks for visiting!


Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: A Resource

Today I found a great resource for those of us trying to decide between traditional and self publishing. Agent Rachelle Gardner and author Michelle De Rusha lay out the ins and outs of both in How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing (which was released in 2013, so it’s not exactly breaking news, but it was new to me).

I know a certain amount of skepticism comes with the fact that a literary agent–a mainstay of traditional publishing–co-authored the book. Some might be tempted to write the book off as biased toward traditional publishing. It’s virtually impossible to write in a way that’s free of all bias, but I do believe Gardner (and co-author DeRusha) have done a great job summing up the hallmarks of both self and traditional publishing. Unlike other guides I’ve seen, this book doesn’t just offer a generic list of pros and cons. Instead it asks you questions about yourself, your work habits, and your desires, which you use to determine whether traditional, self, or a hybrid publishing approach is best for you.

You may already have a good idea of which publishing path to pursue and are just looking for confirmation of what you feel in your gut. In this brave new world of publishing, I think most aspiring authors have considered the indie route, but it’s a daunting choice. This book helps you better understand the skills, resources, and commitments needed to self-publish well, what set of needs are better suited to traditional publishing, and what is necessary no matter which path you follow. If you feel like the deciding factors are too ambiguous, this book helps to make them concrete so you can proceed with confidence that you’ve made the right choice.

How Do I Decide: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing is $2.99 on Amazon, or free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Bible Journaling: The First Sin

The past month has been rather hectic, putting me behind on my blog posts and reading. Let us hope March is better than February!

A few months ago, I decided to try my hand at Bible journaling, which is a way of meditating on the Scriptures through art. Today I’m sharing the illustration I did on the first sin and the murder of Abel.


The photo is a little blurry; I’m having issues with my camera. Sorry about that!

I hope to be back on schedule with my posting next week. See you then.

Writing Links from January 2017



January has been a great month for writing links! Here are my favorites from last month:

Beauty in the Darkness – Marcia Lee Laycock, Novel Rocket

Looking at 2016: Important Publishing Developments Authors Should Know – Jane Friedman

Building Your Own Cage – Ron Estrada, Novel Rocket

Characters + World = Story – Jo Eberhardt, Writer Unboxed

The Kindle Effect – Jennifer Alsever, Fortune

Tips for Writing With Emotion – Cindy Sproles, The Write Conversation

Throw Your Words into the Refiner’s Fire – Lynette Eason, Novel Rocket

The Actual Timeline of a Book and Why it Matters – Scott Reintgen, Fiction University

Asked and Answered Part 2: Social Media and Other Techy Stuff – Myra Johnson, Seekerville

Understanding SEO: Necessary Skills for an Author’s Virtual Life – Lisa Wheatly, Where Writers Win

How Busy, Full-Time Working Writers Can Find Time to Write – Drae Box, Fiction University

A Challenge to Writers: The Balance Between Dreaming and Working – Annie Neugebauer, Writer Unboxed

What Are You Doing That Someone Else Should Be Doing Instead? – Jessica Faust, Bookends

Organic Marketing – Kristan Higgins, Romance University

Have a great week!

Landscape: Yosemite


This is a colored pencil painting I completed early last fall. It was inspired by the Hudson River School artist Albert Bierstadt’s “Yosemite.” Mine is a more simplified composition which uses brighter colors, and it’s done in colored pencil while Bierstadt’s is oil. But I love the Hudson River School and just had to try something to give it my own spin.

Here’s Bierstadt’s “Yosemite.”