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Totally Awesome Book Research 

Totally Awesome Book Research 

  My current manuscript it the first in a series that takes place between the summer of 1991 through 1999. While the series encompasses the decade of the  1990s, the first book is set in the summer of 1991 and has more in common with the 1980s so I’ve been reading contemporary novels set in […]

Learning to Trust

Learning to Trust

I still remember the moment when I first saw him. He was everything I had ever dreamed of. He was tall, well-muscled, and had a red coat that rivaled the brightest flame. In addition to his dashing good looks, he was the most gentle of giants. I was pretty sure that I would never see such […]

A Day in the Life of Gretchen E.K. Engel

A Day in the Life of Gretchen E.K. Engel

So what does a day in the life of Gretchen E.K. Engel look like? Good question because that’s a dynamic answer. And one that got a new plot twist–early mornings. First I wouldn’t say my life is as busy as it is complicated. I work part time for an engineering firm, so that’s what dictates […]

Eat Rejection for Breakfast

Eat Rejection for Breakfast

Rejection is hard. It hurts. Some people handle it better than others, but it affects us all. A post popped up on my “Memories” on Facebook. I think I had just gotten a rejection from someone I’d pitched to and was processing through it with a friend. She said, “We eat rejection for breakfast,” to […]

Traveling With Tolkien Part Three

Traveling With Tolkien Part Three

“Yes, I am here. And you are lucky to be here too after all the absurd things you’ve done since you left home.”

A Case for Participation Trophies 

A Case for Participation Trophies 

Friday marked the opening of the 2016 Rio Olympics. We hear about and celebrate the gold medalists but others are competing to bring home a medal of any color. Today they profiled a swimmer who is hoping for silver. She’s second best in the world, a distant second to her teammate. For some, just making […]

Almost Home

Almost Home

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves