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…
Real Life Luthers
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Real Life Luthers

The Missouri Luther A man called Luther was a friend and helpmate of my grandparents in a little town in southwest Missouri. I met him while visiting them as a very young child. I’m not sure how I actually remember Luther, but he made a big…
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Pizza Power

Pizza Power Have you contemplated the power of pizza? I’m not talking about the robust declarations of definitive bests: Crust―thick, thin, deep dish, white, sourdough, whole grain…. Shape―round, square, avant garde…. …
Getting Personal
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Getting Personal

The instructors, Reid Tracy and Cheryl Richardson, told us in the Hay House workshop (ref my December 5, 2017 post) we need to get personal, to let people get to know us. I am convinced I heard the collective, internal groans from the writers…
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Carriage House – Both Workshop and Garage

Back in the day, people rode in carriages instead of automobiles and parked them in carriage houses. The original carriage house on the novel’s fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel estate was quite large. Luther Andersen eventually…
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Maria Elena

Like everything and everyone else in the story, we see Maria Elena through the eyes of Luther or Georgie. From Georgie’s perspective, Maria Elena is Josefina’s mom and a most excellent cook. She is keeper of the greenhouse and plant…
Georgie, Josefina and Shaw
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Georgie, Josefina & Shawn - BFFs

Georgie Jones meets her new BFFs Josefina and Shawn on the school bus. It is her first day as a freshman at Mystic Creek High School. Josefina somehow knows who Georgie is, and offers to show her around school. The two girls and Shawn end up…
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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…