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When the Other Girls Make fun of Your Shiny Black Pants

Filed in Everyday Life, The Writing Life by on August 31, 2015 5 Comments • views: 922
When the Other Girls Make fun of Your Shiny Black Pants

I have fond memories of shopping for school clothes with my mom. Usually sometime in the month of August, she would help me go through my closet to see what clothes still fit, and we’d separate those from the ones I’d outgrown so we knew what I needed for the upcoming school year. Then came […]

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4 Ways Publishing a Book Changes Your Life

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 24, 2015 0 Comments • views: 613
4 Ways Publishing a Book Changes Your Life

My younger brother and I have a running joke between us. He’s a pilot in the Air Force. He’s got five more years to give back to the service before he can decide if he wants to stay in and retire or leave and work in the commercial sector. He’s not worried about it, because […]

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3 Things Writing Taught Me About Living Your Purpose

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 16, 2015 2 Comments • views: 581
3 Things Writing Taught Me About Living Your Purpose

Can you learn things from the characters in your stories? I have. Take Adrienna Vedica, for example, the main character in Rise of the Sidenah, my young adult fantasy. Even as a child, Adrienna is drawn to sculpting things. She uses wood, as that’s the only raw material she can find, until her young mentor […]

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When the Stray Chicken Came, I Never Expected This

Filed in Everyday Life by on August 5, 2015 5 Comments • views: 1107
When the Stray Chicken Came, I Never Expected This

I have a stray chicken in my yard. I live on about an acre of land surrounded by agricultural fields. You could say I live out in the country, though the town is only about fifteen minutes away and the land around me is all cultivated into wheat, potato, corn, and alfalfa fields. My nearest […]

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What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

Filed in The Writing Life by on November 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 286
What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

I’ve attended several writing events this year. Conferences, awards dinners, signings, etc. At every one, without exception, I heard one thing: writers complaining. It’s an easy habit to fall into. This isn’t a cushy career, by any means. We have a number of challenges in front of us, from the blank page to the rejection […]

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“The Beached Ones” Recognized in AZ Literary Contest

Filed in News by on November 8, 2014 0 Comments • views: 225
“The Beached Ones” Recognized in AZ Literary Contest

Colleen’s work in progess, The Beached Ones, was named 3rd place unpublished novel in the 2014 Arizona Authors Literary Contest. She has completed a cross-country road trip as part of the research for this novel, and is now back to work on the second draft. (Read more about her trip here and here.) She plans […]

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“The Beached Ones:” Finalist in PNWA International Literary Contest

Filed in News by on July 24, 2014 0 Comments • views: 226
“The Beached Ones:” Finalist in PNWA International Literary Contest

Colleen was named one of eight finalists in the 2014 PNWA International Literary Contest with her novel-in-progress, The Beached Ones. She has completed a cross-country road trip as part of the research for this novel, and is now back to work on the second draft. She plans it as a follow-up to Loreena’s Gift.

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Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Filed in The Writing Life by on June 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 280
Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Situation: I’m in the second draft of my work in progress. My characters travel across country, from Iowa to California. Dilemma: I’ve either a) never been to the locations where my characters stop along the way, or b) it’s been so long the places are dim in my memory. Solution 1: Research via the Internet. […]

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Dzanc Books Picks Up “Loreena’s Gift”

Filed in News by on May 19, 2014 0 Comments • views: 244
Dzanc Books Picks Up “Loreena’s Gift”

Colleen recently signed a publishing agreement with Dzanc Books for Loreena’s Gift. She’s thrilled to be associated with this highly reputable company and looks forward to the process of getting the story ready for readers. A 2016 release is expected. For more on the story, please see the book page.

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Getting Physical—My Week at the Ranch

Filed in Everyday Life by on May 16, 2014 2 Comments • views: 325
Getting Physical—My Week at the Ranch

As a freelance writer specializing in health and preventative care, I write about how to protect your health every day. I tell readers how to eat right, exercise, and in general, live longer and more pain-free lives. After over 15 years of writing and researching in this area, I’ve determined that even if you eat […]

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