Is The Pioneer Woman Going Downhill?

From the Mailbag: Mallory writes, I found your site from your post on Ree “The Pioneer Woman” vs Heather “Dooce”. I pretty much agreed with everything you said. But I was wondering what you think of Ree’s blog now. In my opinion, it seems like she’s turned herself into too much of a bland brand. I used to think her site was fun and interesting. Now it seems to be too many throwaway posts about Charlie, her basset hound. What do you think?

Mallory, I suspect what’s happening with Ree Drummond over at The Pioneer Woman is that she has gotten her fingers into too […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:34-04:00July 10th, 2011|On Writing|2 Comments

My Article in New Homesteading Magazine

Flagship issue of New Homesteading MagazineIt’s no secret that I’ve been working toward producing most of my family’s food for the past several years. And while I don’t even come close to qualifying as a real homesteader, I do seem to represent a rapidly growing segment of the gardening population: people who have become extremely conscientious about where and how they get their food. Think locavore on organic fertilizer. You know, those of us who’ve rediscovered the wisdom of the “Victory Garden” of yore and supplement the rest of our food needs with local shopping.

So imagine my delight at being asked to contribute to the first issue […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:34-04:00May 1st, 2011|My Garden / Recipes, On Writing|2 Comments

How to Find an Agent or a Publisher

Seems aspiring writers want to know–Many people have asked me about the process of getting published. (There are a lot of stashed manuscripts hidden in those drawers out there!)

I advise finding an agent first. The process of getting an agent is the same as getting a publishing house. No matter which route you decide to take, there are two books you need to get. They are Writer’s Market (current year) and Guide to Literary Agents. They list what each agent/house is looking for and who the contact people are. You will find these reference books in Borders and B&N, in the writing section.

Start with the index in the Guide to Literary Agents and look up the subject that pertains to […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:35-04:00April 14th, 2010|On Writing|0 Comments

How to Break the Writing Procrastination Grip

From the Mailbag: Martha writes, I found your blog after reading Dogs of Dreamtime (loved Loved LOVED it!) and have been a reader ever since (thought not a very good commenter, sorry). I’m taking a writing course now and realize how hard it is to sit down and write everyday. How do you make yourself do it? I have a great idea for a book with lots of ideas percolating, but I’m having a hard time getting myself going and seem to find every distraction to delay me. Any tips on how to buckle down?

Martha, thanks for the plug. And you’re in good company; many writers find it a challenge to get jump-started.  Sounds as if the steam’s building, but […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:39-04:00November 15th, 2009|On Writing|6 Comments

My Writing Tools

writing1I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old, when I wrote my first book. I first started writing in my father’s old Air Force writing kit. I’d just replace the notebooks after I’d filled them. When I’d finish writing a story long-hand, I’d type up the final version. (I was probably the only eleven-year-old back then who had her own typewriter.)

The tools have gotten more sophisticated over the years. Being the tech geek that I am, I had one of the first home computers when they came out in the early 80’s. Back when they were still big, clunky machines that often crashed just for the heck of it. Back […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:39-04:00September 13th, 2009|On Writing|7 Comments

A Day in the Life of a Dog Writer


I have the honor of guest blogging over at  Paw-Talk today. If you’d like to take a peek at a typical day around here, head on over to get the scoop.

Even if you feel you already know quite enough about our gang, if you love animals, you’ll be in for a treat if you visit.

Paw-Talk began in 2001 as a forum devoted to all animals, where you could find lots of great information for just about any pet commonly kept.  Over the years, it has blossomed into a full-fledged animal resource site, offering great articles, product reviews, health information, thought-provoking blog posts, and a gallery of terrific photos.

If you […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:41-04:00April 19th, 2009|.My Dogs and Me, Life, On Writing|2 Comments