Five Years

Five years ago today, I said goodbye to my mother-in-law. I made her many promises that day, not the least of which was fulfilling her dream for The Denim Jungle. 

Cover Design

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but in fact we all do. Take for example the books above, all of which come up when you search Amazon for “cover design.” One topic. Five very different covers. And five rather different judgements we automatically assign to each. Self-publishing friends, those judgements transform into sales. … More Cover Design

WHAT A WEEK!!

What a week, you guys! I seriously can’t even believe everything that’s happened in the past five days. Sunday: Received all final art assets for The Denim Jungle. Monday: Learned InDesign to layout the book for printing. Tuesday: Finalized the layout files with an old design friend. Wednesday: Received proofreader approval. Thursday: Uploaded the files … More WHAT A WEEK!!

Book Writing Postpartum

It’s been almost five years since The Denim Jungle germinated inside me. It began as a promise and grew to be guide, challenger, and teacher. At times, it was downright maddening and frustrating. I would’ve given anything to just be done with it. But throwing in the towel was never an option. It was a mysterious inevitability inside me, … More Book Writing Postpartum

A Song in Your Sails

Here’s to starting the week with something beautiful. Here’s to being inspired and having the guts to do the inspiring. Here’s to being our best selves—flawed, ever-evolving, and committed to following the path that’s calling, even if it’s not the easy one. May this song put wind in your sails and resolution in your heart.

Follow Your Bliss

“Follow your bliss.” It’s a saying coined by one of the most intuitive minds of the twentieth century, Joseph Campbell. If you haven’t heard of my friend Joseph, you need to go watch The Power of Myth. Right. Now. Okay, fine. Maybe you don’t have time (cough cough MAKE TIME), so let me provide you with … More Follow Your Bliss

How Do You Know When Your Manuscript Is Complete?

As anyone who’s ever undertaken a creative endeavor knows—from drawing a picture or writing a poem to writing a corporate creed or even painting a room—the idea of being finished is highly subjective. Technically, you could tinker with it forever. However, at some point it’s up to you to stop and say, “Yes, this is it. It’s done.” In today’s … More How Do You Know When Your Manuscript Is Complete?

Slant Rhymes

What are slant rhymes? Oh, you know them. They’re the ear worm of every pop tune on the radio. Case in point, Taylor Swift: ‘Cause baby now we got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love. So take a look at what you’ve done. ‘Cause baby now we got bad blood. Notice anything about … More Slant Rhymes