So It Begins

Here I am, doing NaNoWriMo again. I hate that it’s in November. But my competitive spirit makes me want to “win” at this, even if it’s very stressful every year. I’ll be posting word counts here to keep myself accountable.

This year’s NaNo novel is #3 in a series of 5 middle-grade novels I’m working on. Today, day one, I wrote 2480 words. That’s a good start.


About Jane Eyre

A few years ago, my brother traced our family tree and one of the things that intrigued me was that we have an ancestor whose name was . . . Jane Eyre. What a coincidence, right?

Last year my friend Sonya of Simply Charlotte Mason asked me to write a book discussion guide for Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. It was a bit of a learning curve for me, as I had to figure out how to present and write down material that I normally would share verbally in discussions with my students. But, eventually I had something that both she and I could be happy with.

Thanks to many different limiting factors, the process of getting the book guide published has been very slow—but the wait is over. It is now available on the Simply Charlotte Mason website, here:

If you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler with a high school student, this is something you might consider for your literature program. Of course, you don’t have to be using the Charlotte Mason method to use this guide. I honestly think it would work for just about any high school literature program. If you do use it, and like it, please leave a review on the website!

Also, I’m working on Ivanhoe now. That one should come out next year I think.

Day Made

If you are local, and you would like to buy a signed copy of my anthology, Dreams & Dragons, I have some available now for $12. If you have already read it, and you liked it, PLEASE leave a positive review on Amazon!

Today I received a positive review via text. A friend and former neighbor texted me to let me know that she and her family were enjoying my book. I had no idea they would even be interested in it. And she included this adorable photo of her daughter reading it:

I am so tickled! Which made me think—I’d LOVE to see photos of my other readers (if there are any) with my book. Send me a photo of yourself holding a copy of my book and I will post it here. And thank you so much for giving my stories a chance.


Have you been holding your breath, waiting for my short story anthology to be available in print form? Or is that just me?

Well, today’s the big day. You can now buy Dreams & Dragons as an eBook and as a print book.


Print book:

Now, I know a few of my loyal readers will want an autographed copy, so I have ordered some copies for myself. As soon as they arrive, I will let you know, in case you’d rather order an autographed copy from me directly.

As always, the best and most encouraging thing you can do is to leave a positive review on Amazon, Barne & Noble, or Goodreads!