Blog Archives2022-11-02T01:23:48+00:00


Ukraine means ‘country.’

Whatever happened to ‘make love, not war’?

Where do we go when madness rules the earth?

And I think about the mothers…

There comes a time in every woman’s journey when she faces those two converging paths Frost wrote about…to be or not to be a mother. Instinct and societal norms provoke the desire. Individual goals and preferences incite the response. For me, the choice of family or career never arose, for I had selected a course that allowed for both. What I didn’t envision in my youthful daydreams was having trouble conceiving, nor did I ever see a future when I would bear a special-needs child, yet both of these paths became mine to walk. The reams of prayers I […]

May 10th, 2022|contemplative, emotive, Essays, inspirational|


Every year as March turns into April, I think about cleaning, and, sure, the house comes to mind. The dusting, scouring, airing, washing, and polishing remain secondary concerns to the tilling of the garden beds, the sowing of early crops like lettuce, spinach, and onions. My fingers literally itch to dig in. I find myself wandering from bed to bed, checking the new growth of perennials, pulling the pesky weeds already springing free of winter’s hold. But my thoughts wander beyond these chores to the spring cleaning of my writing life. What do I want to accomplish this year? How can I improve my writing and my outreach? Is there a way to gain new readers, to share the gift […]

March 31st, 2022|Essays|

How To Support A Writer

I’ve been writing essays for my blog From the Write Side for many years and have never had a guest article. However, recently I received the best newsletter from Michelle Halkett, Central Avenue Publishing, regarding how to support authors, and she very graciously gave me permission to reprint it here.


Dear Janet, 
Publishing books is a tough gig. It’s a roller coaster that spans the Everest-level highs of getting a bestseller to the Marianas Trench lows of variable cash flow […]
February 28th, 2022|Essays|

The Heart of it All

Once upon a time, the slogan for the Buckeye State was “Ohio…the heart of it all.” While the P.R. guys and gals have moved on from that catchy phrase, I find myself returning to it this February…not for the state but for myself and my passion. What, I ask myself, is the heart of my writing? Here’s what I came up with…

1. exploring the motivations that prompt human actions, good or bad

2. optimism…despite the chaos that threatens our world

3. a  belief in the wonder and the mystery of life

4. asking and answering What if? questions

5. taking one small step to leave the world a better place

What beats at the heart of your creative pursuits?

P.S. I have a huge goal for […]

January 31st, 2022|Essays|

Resolutions — A New Sense or a Nuisance?

Ah, the pressure of a new year…the overt or subtle messages from friends, family, the media to change your ways, make a fresh start, replace old habits with new ones. Do I or don’t I make that list? Some days the desire to simply ‘be’ overshadows everything else and raises questions. Why must I push myself forward? What do I hope to accomplish in this moment? Do I need to always be chasing after something more?

During December, I spent much of my online time reading and pondering Rumi quotes. For those of you unfamiliar with him, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was a Persian poet and Sufi master born in 1207. His writings and poems have inspired generations to look at […]

January 1st, 2022|Essays|

The Importance of Reviews

As the year 2021 reaches its conclusion, it’s feel like the right time to nudge readers toward reviewing the books they read. The publishing world has become reliant on the numbers game…how many books sold, how many Likes clicked, the number of positive and negative everything. Your simple rating of a book can power an author’s career or sink it for the foreseeable future.

Why do writers always ask readers to write a review? Because our success in the business side of this art and craft called writing is directly tied to these numbers…as in the more reviews a book garners, the higher it rises on the charts that matter, and the higher it rises, the more ‘face time’ it acquires. […]

November 30th, 2021|Essays, inspirational|
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