My Favorite Writing Resources

This year marks eleven years in the writing and publishing industry and six years since I’ve been freelancing. I wouldn’t be able to do my work without some key resources, and while that list can fluctuate with the type of work on my docket, these resources have proved to be invaluable for me over the years. Keep in mind the bulk of my work is in the non-fiction realm, so some of these resources are geared toward that genre but most can be used for fiction work too!

Style & Formatting

Education & Professional Associations

Research & General Resources

Nuts & Bolts

What about you? What are some of your favorite tools of the trade? I’d love to hear about them!

That One Trip to Starbucks: 10 Years Ago

I remember when I saw you for the first time, ten years ago today.

The summer sun still clung to the sky behind scattered clouds as I entered the Starbucks across from the dance studio where I taught. It was the first week of the new dance season, and like many times before, I was headed to the coffee shop for some post-class refreshment.

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And a blind date. That’s really why I was there.

The young man sat just inside the door to the left: broad shoulders, dark blonde hair, and eyes bluer than I could’ve hoped for. (Will our son have your eyes? A mom can hope.) As he stood to shake my hand, I thought to myself, Here we go…In that moment, I had just met my husband.

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Ten years feels like a significant milestone in our timeline, but it’s all relative, isn’t it? In ten years, we’ve finished degrees, gotten married, celebrated eight (almost nine) anniversaries, gone on lots of trips, worked together AND renovated two houses without killing each other, adopted a dog, consumed copious amounts of Chick-Fil-A and Icy’s, endured heartache, survived a pandemic, laughed and lived life together.

And this year, we get to begin one of our most anticipated chapters: becoming parents.

For that I am grateful.

I am grateful to my friend who had the courage to listen to what God was telling her and connect the two of us.

I am grateful I went to Starbucks that one Thursday night, ten years ago.

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