Happy Thanksgiving!

I regretfully had to cancel my events last weekend-a first time for me. I developed this cold that took me down. My apologies to those who stepped out to see me and didn’t see my notice in advance. I would have enjoyed your visits!

In other news, I wanted to share what I’ve been working on. I have joined a mentoring program with the awesome Matt Tommey (Hey, Matt!) to become a “thriving Christian artist.” One strange thing that has been happening is that Holy Spirit has been drawing me away from writing while encouraging me to increase my art skills. Since I always try to listen and obey God, I’ve been drawing regularly and painting with watercolor. I’m working my way through the book “Everyday Watercolor” by Jenna Rainey, with a 30-day plan and lessons that are easy to follow. My plan for the rest of the year is to continue painting, drawing, and working the mentoring program in between gatherings with family and friends.

We shall see where I land in January. My daughter will be home from college until the middle of the month, so that is about when I will be re-evaluating. For now, I may not be posting every week, and if I do, it may be a current artwork.

I’m grateful for the work God is doing in me, as well as my many blessings. Here’s hoping you find much to be grateful for, and have a very fulfilling and

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Sick and Sorry

I’m so sorry to announce that I need to cancel my appearances at the two events I had scheduled for this weekend: tonight at the Springboro Museum and tomorrow at the Trebein Elementary Bazaar, due to illness. Hopefully if you were going to visit me, you can get in touch and we can meet up another way later. I don’t have any other appearances scheduled to date. Happy holidays and I hope you stay healthy!

Holiday Season 2018

Hello friends! Halloween is over and Christmas music has begun playing already-before Thanksgiving. Though I love the holiday season, I will make sure to be giving thanks for so many blessings in my life. Yesterday I was baptized, and I want to thank everyone who came to share the moment with me. I realized today that it took place on my Grandpa Joe’s birthday-he was a true man of God, sharing peace and love with people wherever he went. So back to the holiday events…

I’ll be here on Friday evening (November 16) at 6pm:

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And here Saturday, November 17:

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These are the only two events I’ll be at this holiday season, so if we haven’t chatted for awhile, come by and say hello. All four books are out in “The Tales of Christian Tompta” series, and I carry my testimony with me as well.

Happy Holidays, Friends!

Dawn

 

At last, the finale!

Hi folks!

The 4th book in “The Tales of Christian Tompta” series is out! Christian finally treks the last leg of his journey, with Papa. It’s easier as a young gnome to let Papa keep making all the decisions, but what can a gnomeling do when circumstances dictate he must take control? Join Christian on more exciting adventures and see if he finally gets his just reward! Available now on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/y7xpwgsf

Also, check under “News & Schedule” if you’d like to come see me to get your books signed. I have several events planned in November. Hope to see you!

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Upcoming Event!

Hello! Saturday, September 29th, I’ll be sponsoring a conical-making craft project at Bill Yeck park in Centerville from 1-3pm. I won’t have books, this is just for fun at the Gnome & Fairy Festival. Here are my first attempts: IMG_5829

I’ve also designed some stickers for the hats. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, the designs have been posted on both platforms. I hope you can join me (if we don’t get rained out again)!

Also, here are upcoming events where I will have the exciting finale (book 4) in “The Tales of Christian Tompta” series, “Gnomeling Treks the Midnight Forest”:

October 27, 1018: Author Faire at the Scarlett Raven (formerly Storybrooke Cafe) in the Randolf Plaza, 8381 N. Main St., Dayton OH, 45415, 11AM – 3PM, Author Signing

November 4, 2018: Holiday Gift Show at The Dayton’s Woman’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton, OH 45402, 10AM – 4PM, Author Signing & Christmas Items for Sale

November 16, 2018: Christmas in Springboro-Meet the Authors at the Springboro Historical Museum, 110 S Main St, Springboro, OH 45066, 6PM – 7:30PM, Author Signing

 

 

 

Writing for Joy & Gratitude

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Recently at one of my writers’ group meetings, we did an introspective writing exercise on why we write. Here’s my essay:

I write because I have stories in my head that need to get out. When I began writing, I thought it necessary to share all the words, and it worked for awhile. Now, after writing for several years, I find that I have loads of stories and poems that may never see the light of day–including a four book middle grade series. This disappointed me at first, but I’m coming to realize it’s not so important to share everything, as it’s not so important to do all the things. I’ve come to learn in my writing process that I have put too much pressure on myself. I have felt a failure in most of my endeavors since I stopped being graded in schools. I realize that I have valued myself on how others thought of me, and even subconsciously need approval when I “got serious” and shared my works. Now, in this season of my writing journey, I’m grateful for the soul search and realization that because I have so many ideas, I can find value for myself in that.

Since the pressure has lifted to write all the things, or the things I have set goals for, now I can take time to enjoy the creative process of playing with words again. I can roll them over my tongue in rhythm and rhyme, tasting the sounds as they exit my mouth. I can hear the alliteration and consonance as they surround me, and when I listen, I am able to turn them over in my head for double and triple meanings. I can connect irony and humor, and then apply it to the problem of the day.

I write to express emotion.

I write to show a scene in the imagination.

I write to think and organize thoughts.

I write to bring joy to others.

I write to pray.

I write to observe.

I write to record my observations, which helps me figure out this crazy world.

I write to thank.

I write to heal.

I write to give.

I write to celebrate and congratulate.

I write to sympathize.

I write because when I open my creative faucet, I delight in the stories that flow out.

I write to delight God.

Maybe I do still write for approval after all, but only now do I recognize that it’s from myself and God, not from others.

 

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Tomorrow at Murphy’s Used Books!

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Tomorrow’s the big day! I’ll be reading “Meet Christian Tompta” at 11am, and bringing coloring pages and bookmarks to design for the kiddos. Nothing better than reading and shopping for books on a rainy weekend, so come on out. Check out Murphy’s if you haven’t been there yet, and if you haven’t seen the interview I did with Greg Murphy, I’m sharing the Facebook link here again: https://www.facebook.com/murphysusedbooks/videos/238507343421427/