Jan 042019
 

I love school visits. Since so many schools cannot afford author visits and as an author, I have to take off from writing, change out of my PJs and travel to a school. I still do that because I love kids. But due to the great work of the Nepris team, I can stay in my PJs (from the waist down) and my fuzzy slippers. I take 30 to 45 minutes and speak to classrooms across the country. One day, I play “Verb Ball” (a game from my book, Teach Writing Without a Pencil) with 5 classrooms at once. I’ve played “Similes Around the World” game with students in Chicago and Washington State. I’ve sung “Deep in the Heart of Texas” with Kindergarteners in Texas.

Monday I’ll be speaking to 20 librarians/media techs in California–a children author’s dream. It is also an honor since Nepris asked me to do this session.

Nov 242018
 
First Day of Christmas- 6 Gifts for Writing Your Story

Chicken Soup for a Sick Scene and Sequel – A Tool to Engage Your Audience I love family stories. Remember sitting around the table, telling stories, often the same stories year after year. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing–it can be a historical thriller or a book for your family. Chicken Soup story is a good way to [read more…]

May 282018
 
Unicorn in the Bible

Words have meanings and the meaning can change from time and place according to our circumstance. Pastor Mark Forest encourages his congregation to study the Bible from the perspective of the audience to whom it was written. Take the unicorn: If you get an old 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary, which is the very first edition [read more…]

May 042018
 
All Writers Pray

Believe me–all writers pray. “Oh, God! Help! 😳Where did that file go?” Or “Please, God. What happened? All lost?😫 Sometimes we pray. “Please make that editor buy my book! ” And sometimes we ask God to damm our computers.  We send prayers for people searching for books on Amazon. Today was a perfect example. I [read more…]

Jan 032018
 
Everyone Should Write Their Stories

I recommend everyone write their Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. If you are a teacher, I especially encourage you to read and write Chicken Soup stories.  If you are a student, or a mom of a student, a writer, a business person, a preacher or Sunday School teacher.   Especially if you are a grandmother.  [read more…]

Oct 042017
 
Tips to Write When Life Happens

Well, I just had a life-kick-in-the -pants. A month and a half ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everyone in my family who had cancer died of it or died of the cure. I immediately thought of all the things I wanted to do, finish, write, publish. Usually the kick brings me clarity. That [read more…]

Oct 022017
 

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall gives the reader Real Romance, Great Plots, and  the Best Love. The Hatred between the North and the South builds into a wonderful novel, as Eliza and Blake find love and then loose love. Set on the open seas, the broken bitter southerners battle the forces of Light and dark, [read more…]

Jul 142016
 
Proud to Be Story of the Day

Scanning  my email this morning, I was about to delete those newsletters and daily items I don’t read while rushing to a full day. Then  the title “What’s So Funny” took me by surprise. I realized that was my title, our wedding story and it was highlighted as the story of the day to their [read more…]