Katie-dogTanya D Dawson

A Big Furry Tearful Goodbye to Katie-dog

Katie-dog Sixteen-year-old Katie-dog was greeted at the edge of Rainbow Bridge by Shadow, my sister Paula, and Dad. Think what you will, I know it’s true. They told me they would come when the time came. It happened a week before Christmas.…
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The Fork & What Would Luther Say?

Indecision You’re in the angst of indecision. The weight of the “right" way presses your shoulders and stomach into knots as you face the fork in the road. You’ve researched and data gathered, analyzed, and listed the pros and cons,…
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Scary Query

Scary query? Let me just tell you…. Scary Query Querying an Agent Querying a literary agent can be terrifying, even paralyzing to a degree. You may not know this, but a query letter is the precious thing upon which a writer rests…
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Recommended Read―Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

I recently read a young adult novel called Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy. I found it in a book review (where, I wish I could remember so that I could credit and thank the reviewer). I like Murphy’s character Faith Hubert, a plus-sized…
Accountability & Writer's CreepTanya De Dawson
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Writer's Creep

Accountability & Writer's Creep Creep happens. I’d like to say writer’s creep happens especially when the writer is new. I’d like to wave my arm magnanimously and say there-there to myself. And while life happens, my progress…
Andersen Light Book Cover MockupTanya D. Dawson
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Grateful

I am grateful for last year. In the beginning I took on a transitional, and what I supposed would be a supporting role in a local New Thought church called Unity. Rather, the ministry immediately became life’s front and center—while I sported…
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Cafeteria Halloween Food

Halloween plays a huge role in my upcoming novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel. There’s a big to-do at the lighthouse, at the high school (even the “teachers dressed to reflect their class subjects"), and many nighttime parties…
Adding Me to My To-DoTanya D Dawson
I had to make an appointment with my Self, the “come hell or high water” type. And now I’m finally here with my Self―BITCHOK (butt in the chair, hands on keyboard), an acronym I’ve borrowed many times from young adult author Cassandra Clare https://www.cassandraclare.com/writing-advice/. There’s no way to fool the true Self, but wow did I fool myself it had only been a couple of months since my last blog post!?! I told my Selves (I know you know what I mean) that today was the day, come hell or high water, that I would write. There’s a funny thing about intention when it’s addressed to the true Self. The Self ain’t playing. It remembers and wants that specific appointment kept, no matter how long it takes. Meditating, exercising and contemplating life over a cup of Darjeeling and a handful of dark cherries isn’t the same.TDDawson
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Hell or High Water: Appointment with My Self

I had to make an appointment with my Self, the “come hell or high water” type. And now I’m finally here with my Self―BITCHOK (butt in the chair, hands on keyboard), an acronym I’ve borrowed many times from young adult author Cassandra…
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I Thank Winter and Welcome Spring

[I quite recently wrote this prose and read it for a Unity service. Spring ― I'm ready! Bring it!] I Thank Winter and Welcome Spring The cold and bare limbs of the trees wave in the chill wind as if whispering goodbye to Winter. Stark…