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I almost ditched writing this newsletter . . .

but then I looked at my past record of over 3 years of publishing these tidbits and decided to throw something--anything--together! I laugh at my earlier newsletters in which I included writing tips and prompts. Too much work for me--and for my readers! You could always check out literary history from days past on my Newsletters page on my website for kicks and gigs.

And so, I'll keep this short. Good things keep happening despite the tragedies of this never-ending pandemic and unsettling environmental crises, and I remind myself daily to focus on the good, the positive, the creative, and the things I can do to increase these things in my life. I'm reading more, exercising more, gardening more, and learning new tech--specifically, how to draw on my iPad with an app called "procreate." I'm working through free tutorials on YouTube and am especially delighted by Let's Draw with BeeJayDel. Here's one of the many characters I drew following his process:
These will help when I'm ready to tackle illustrations for my duck book series!

I'm also capturing the positive work we're doing around the homestead. Here's my latest YouTube video in which I share my breakfast cucumber: Time to Eat Some CUKES! I do hope you'll check out many other videos on my channel as my intention with creating them is to entertain (and perhaps instruct, just a little)! Just like my ducks and veggies, anytime you see me, I won't be made up or airbrushed. Heck, I'm generally not even brushed! "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

That's that. Time to smile.


Upcoming (and maybe some past) Events!
  • August 24th: CIPA EVVY Award winners will be announced at a banquet in Denver! I will be there with my co-author--Nadine Collier--and her daughter, Sarah, because Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle! is a finalist! 
  • August 30th, 09:00-noon: I will lead a FREE virtual (Zoom) session on adding humor to writing for CCWE! Click on the "Join WE Write Zoom Session Here!" link on the home page to attend! Let me know if you have any questions, and if you'd like to attend! We all need a few more chuckles in our days these days.
  • September 15th, 1-3 p.m.: I will teach a class for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). My class, The Novel Novel, will kick off their fall semester! Check out this lineup and consider registering for this fun and informative series!

***Support your Local Book Stores and Public Libraries!***

(contact me if you'd like a personalized autograph of any of my books)

(please send me literary news you'd like to share)
  • L.V. Ditchkus earned a Colorado Authors' League 1st Place Book Award for her Sasquatch series! Book 4 is almost ready for release, and I can't wait!
  • Jodi Bowersox earned a Colorado Authors' League 1st Place Book Award for her book The Diamond Diva Vendetta. "Rita Miller's Brazilian vacation turns into a fight for survival when a case of mistaken identity puts her at odds with a man bent on revenge." Sounds like another fun read!
  • Several other Colorado authors earned Finalist and 1st place CAL Book Awards! Check out these "certified awesome" books for some fresh new reads and gifts for friends and family: CAL Book Award and CIPA EVVY finalists.
  • I recently interviewed John Cameron, owner of SalidaBooks (formerly The Book Haven), If you're not following him on TikTok, you're missing out on good fun and great book reviews! Here's the link to our visit in his awesome shop: John Cameron Interview.
  • And then I interviewed multi-award-winning author Todd Fahnestock, whose books I adore. His most recent book, Ordinary Magic, made me want to hike the Colorado Trail. Here's our visit link: Todd Fahnestock
  • The Winston-Salem Writers Collective in North Carolina will publish a piece by Susan Bavaria entitled “Chrysalis” in the 2021 issue of Flying South Literary Magazine. The 2500 word submission is part of a longer creative nonfiction work about adopting a child from Social Services entitled “Cuddling the Cactus.” 
  • Send me your news, peeps!


Check out each to see how they might help you advance your craft!

[photo credit by Elise Sunday; a fall day on the Arkansas River, Buena Vista, CO]

Have you checked out my  podcast Alligator Preserves lately? There are unique short stories and interviews and insights galore! 

Looking for hot Writing Tips? Check HERE
Please send me some of your own and I'll credit you in my list!

Please let me know if you're participating in any awesome writing contests and if you have any personal writing/publishing news you'd like to share! I do my best to publish this newsletter by the ides of every month, so keep that in mind when sending me your literary news!

Until next month...
Be kind to yourself. Still wash your hands . . . lots, and please stop complaining about wearing a mask around others. No one likes them, but masks and social distancing are scientifically proven ways to help prevent the spread of all kinds of viruses. 

(here's a link to all of my books, available in paperback and Kindle and some on audiobook!)
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