Three Tips for Surviving Tor-mentors

By |May 26th, 2015|

During the climb of your Hero’s Journey to your goal of finishing your book, mastering public speaking or finishing your first marathon, you’ll meet awesome mentors and supportive friends, as well as “tor-mentors.” Tor-mentors are jokers who first appear to you as mentors and teachers, but then change their tune when they feel threatened by […]

10 Tips for Writing Your First Book

By |May 18th, 2015|

Today coach Natali Sanchez Rheault shares 10 tips with us for clearing your mind and getting into the zone for writing your first book. Many people want to become a published author, but so few actually make it happen—why? Because the task overwhelms them, they don’t have a proper support structure or they pick a […]

We Don’t Fear What We Can’t See: Jeannine Hall Gailey’s The Robot Scientist’s Daughter

By |May 12th, 2015|

I had the pleasure of reviewing Jeannine Hall Gailey’s third poetry book, Unexplained Fevers for Pedestal Magazine (read the review here) and was thrilled when Jeannine asked me to review her fourth collection, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter. A Generation Xer (yes, a poet from my generation!), Gailey writes sci-fi/fantasy/speculative poetry—a poetry sub-genre I wish more […]

7 Ways Poetry and Comedy Are Incestuous

By |May 6th, 2015|

If you think poetry has to be serious all of the time—think again! Aristotle wrote about his views on comedic thought in his second book of Poetics (unfortunately, it’s lost) knowing these two art forms were closely related. I found out how close they really were because I needed to steal my own notes.

Around Christmastime […]

How the Right Kind of Criticism Makes You Grow

By |May 1st, 2015|

I love teachers who kick my butt—means they care, right?

That’s how you grow. I have teachers who are invested in my learning and aren’t lazy—it takes effort to give constructive criticism.

I think back to when I was in middle school and taking ballet, flute and guitar lessons, and I contrast those lessons with the Irish […]

What is a Hero?

By |April 20th, 2015|

I’m currently working on the final edits of my new poetry collection, Heroes without Capes, which has been in the works about two years. It’s been three years since I released a new poetry book—the last being After the Steaming Stops in 2012. I took my time with the new poems in this collection. After […]

How to Enjoy a Poem: Happy Poetry Month

By |April 13th, 2015|


Happy National Poetry Month! We’re almost at the half-way point~I was graciously interviewed by Lidy Wilks of iheartallstories to celebrate the 30 days of Poetry Month. Enjoy and hope you learn something new about me~

What was the first poem you’ve ever read?
All of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes were my favorites when I was a […]

How to Get Back into Writing After a Hiatus

By |April 6th, 2015|

How is writing like dancing? Well, both require a lot of determination, practice and talent. As an Irish dancer, I know this to be true. With dancing, as with writing, you get better the more you perform or send work out. You also get better the more open you are about trying new things and […]

Just Do It! You Can Write a Book This Year!

By |April 2nd, 2015|

Today’s interview guest is Michelle Brovitz (pen name Alanna Christine), who has just published her first book, the memoir, How I Got a Horse Out of a Toilet and now resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Michelle and I met over five years ago and she’s the one who convinced me to go to my 20th […]

5 Tips on How to Make a Living as an Author

By |March 23rd, 2015|

The way to make money as an author is by first NOT making money—volunteering is the secret to your longevity as an author, writer, editor and/or teaching artist.


By doing so, you’ll gain the 3 C’s: CONFIDENCE, COMPETENCE and COMPORTMENT, plus you’ll get people to show up. If you don’t have readers or an audience, you’ll […]