Mary Ryan Jones

Andersen Light’s Georgie Jones' relationship with her mother, Mary Ryan Jones, isn’t complicated. It’s understandable. After all, people are multifaceted, and their relationship continually reshapes with life situations. Georgie’s…
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Manuscript and Book Proposal Pit Crew

The manuscript and book proposal are completed, thanks to the last minute push by the pit crew. Both manuscript and proposal are on their way in the next step of their journey. Yay! Finally! Can you believe it? Feeding you pizza hardly seems…
Young Adult Fiction Author Tanya D Dawson on her way to the Scottsdale Weekend Workshop
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Hay House Brings It

  The Scottsdale weekend workshop is over. I gotta say Hay House brings it when they put on a course. One of, or maybe the best part is meeting the many intuitive, talented and enthusiastic writers, artists, and entrepreneurs up close…
Popping Up Like a Prairie Dog
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Popping Up Like a Prairie Dog

Hey, everybody!  I am popping up like a prairie dog from a mountain of paperwork to check in. My prairie dog is a little like Tron racing through a changing digital labyrinth. I leave my self breadcrumbs in real life and digitally while…
Lessons Learning—Treading into the Somehow Process
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Lessons Learning—Treading into the Somehow Process

First time writers who know diddly about the book process, like me, receive a powerful shock-a-rooni jolt of reality. Like, we believe we’ll write the book and somehow, as if by magic, it will get “out there”. I still believe that—my…
Lessons Learning – Book Proposal. Enough said.
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Lessons Learning – Book Proposal. Enough said.

Book proposal. An image can say it all. Enough said. New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world…
Fictional Andersen Light, Part One
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Fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, Part One

Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is the fictitious lighthouse near the fictional town of Mystic Creek. It’s been in the Andersen family since its inception—before the Light House Establishment or its successor, the Lighthouse Service.…
Andersen Light (Working Title) Manuscript Update
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Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel (Working Title) Manuscript Update

This post includes a link to my first video (https://youtu.be/4SuJVtowg4g) with the latest update on the Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel manuscript. In the video you'll see me ready for a New Mexico morning of errands, including the…
Meet Katie, Canine Coworker & Officemate
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Meet Katie, Canine Coworker & Officemate

Katie, a perpetually shedding, half Beagle/half Shiba Inu, is my friend, canine coworker and officemate. She follows me from room to room and stations herself somewhere between the door and me, either to guard or keep me in place. Early…
Lessons Learning — Knowing Now What We Now Know is Okay (Distractions)
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Lessons Learning — Knowing Now What We Now Know is Okay (Distractions)

I know we don’t know what we don’t know. Still, sometimes I wish I had known some of what I’ve learned over the past few years a long time ago, don't you? I allow wistfulness its brief moment but move on to appreciate my lessons—not…
Georgie and Josefina ask, "What Would Luther Say?"
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Georgie and Josefina ask, "What Would Luther Say?"

When baffled by a new subject or problem, Georgie and Josefina respond with, “Let’s ask Luther,” or “What would Luther say?” Whether unexpected or truth the girls hadn’t yet faced, Luther’s guidance and instruction are kind, wise…