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Supporting Fellow Writers

20 Dec

003Before I forget, which I have a tendency to do lately (hey, I’m old, live with it), I want to give a shout out to my online Lil Sis, Cynthia.  She has this great offer for those of you who like to meditate or who like coloring in coloring books….follow this link to her blog and you can download a free meditating coloring book.  No tricks to this offer…absolutely free!

Okay, let’s get down to business!


Why not, right?  If I can’t support friends on my own blog then who can I support?

Mike Friedman is his name, and if you’ve never read one of this short stories about the Carriage Driver, then you are missing out.  So let’s correct that deficiency.  Mike has two books out about the Carriage Driver, and here is the link that will take you to those books.  Great Christmas gifts for anyone who likes to read….I promise! Mike is also the guy who does the covers for my books, so his talent knows no bounds.

Okay, let’s get down to it!


“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” Pete Carroll

Now I’m talking to all of you, my writer friends, and it’s a message I’m very passionate about.

We need each other!

I’m still blown away, and confused, by this phenomenon where our families don’t really support our writing endeavors.  I’ve heard this over and over again from so many writers, and it’s just the strangest damned thing.  I can’t wrap my brain around the why of it.  I just published my fifth full-length novel and, besides Bev, the rest of my family was pretty ambivalent about it, and I know many of you understand that and have had the same thing happen to you.

So, we need each other.  We need our writing friends to offer words of encouragement. We need our writing friends to share our work on social media.   We need our writing friends to offer suggestions and give advice.

We need each other!

This is not a competition.  I know some writers who think it is, who think, by helping another writer, they are taking sales away from themselves.  I know other writers who feel they don’t have time to support others.

It’s all nonsense!

We need each other!


I’m going to challenge each of you.  I’m going to challenge you to support a writer today, either with words of encouragement, or by sharing their work, or, if you have the money, by buying one of their books.  Reach out and give of yourselves.  I really do believe this is important for each of us to do….and no, I’m not talking about supporting me in this challenge. I get more than enough support from all of you.

Are you up for the challenge?


My friend Greg, a fine freelancer in his own right, offered up this new site where freelance writing jobs are posted…it’s called XPlace and you can find it here.  Check it out if you’re looking to make some money.untitled-8


I’ll see you next week.  I want to wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Holiday Season, and if this isn’t a time of celebrating for you, I wish you a blessed life.

Thank you!


Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”