I think I found my tribe

I made an agreement with myself, and it looks like I may keep it.

My challenge, as always, is making time for writing.

As a marketing and communications professional, I am always writing, but it’s almost always for others.

In my creative writing classes, I implore my students to make time for writing, while I rarely claim the same for myself.

Last Monday, last class day for 4 weeks, something clicked — and connected . If I can give my students a piece of me for 6 weeks, could I not share me with myself for 4?

I quickly researched a coworking space that was convenient and reasonable and well, I gave me my first Monday yesterday. And I’m back here today. On a Tuesday.

Being here makes me feel at peace and creative. They have coffee, hot water and a fridge, couches, tables and a microwave. They have soothing music.

Get this: membership comes with access to meeting rooms and a podcasting studio!

If I’m able to get here no more than the once per week I originally planned over the next four weeks, the investment will be more than worth it.

Buut, if today is any indication, I will likely be using my new Advent office much, much more.


Charlotte Writing Academy’s Debra Funderburk wants to help writers at the grassroots level

Finally this article!

Wanted to let everyone know about the Charlotte Writing Academy Conference coming to Charlotte on November 5, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pineville.

Conference Founder, Debra Funderburk wants to help all writers, and especially those interested in self-publishing, develop the skills they need for success through the Charlotte Writing Academy Conference.

She asked me to be one of the presenters at the conference and I was honored. I was also curious, so I sat down with her weeks ago, to gain an understanding of her goals and the purpose of the conference.

A writer herself, Funderburk said she was inspired to start the Charlotte Writing Academy after working with other writers who wanted to become published authors, but were stuck trying to learn all the steps.

With a flair for teaching and organizing,  Funderburk realized that writers needed a safe place to learn, so she put her talents to use to form the Charlotte Writing Academy. The conference was the natural next step after creating the Academy. Through the conference, in its second year, she found she could reach a concentrated number of writers and connect them with needed resources.

Last year’s conference was such a hit, she decided to make it an annual event.

What will writers find at this year’s conference?

The focus of this year’s conference is “The Writer’s Market”. Funderburk understands that while many people may have a “book in them” waiting to be unleashed, they also need to understand the business of writing. Self-publishing can be very expensive, so she hopes to help writers save time, money and resources through the conference sessions and the opportunity to network.

A highlight of the conference will be the keynote speaker, Jason Mott, the author of the award-winning novel, The Returned and his new book, The Wonder of all Things.

Funderburk will view this year’s conference as successful from the eyes of someone who truly wants to help people. “I look at success in a different light…if someone comes to me with a problem and I can help them solve it, then that’s a huge success for me, and that’s what I hope the Charlotte Writing Academy and the conference will be for participants.

Debra Funderburk, Charlotte Writing Academy Founder discusses upcoming conference

Debra Funderburk, Charlotte Writing Academy Founder discusses upcoming conference

Charlotte Writing Conference Schedule REGISTER HERE It’s not too late!!

Thursday, November 5th
Pre-Conference Writing Workshop
Evening Kickoff Celebration

Friday, November 6th
Amazon: An Author’s Best Friend – Susan Sloate
Secrets to keeping your readers glued to your book – Craig Faris
Performance: Every author is a Speaker – Lisa Heidrich
The Business of Writing – Cathy Pickens
Using the power of feminine energy to unlock creativity – Dr. Lori Davis
Writing: The Heart Approach – Angela Haigler
I’ve finished my book, now what? An authors checklist – Susan Sloate

Saturday, November 7th
Morning Improv
Panel Discussion
Marketing Session
Prizes & Give Aways
Dinner & Awards Banquet
Book Fair

She shops her closet! One more reason to love Michele Obama


Election Night 2012 gave us a first family that was radiant, happy and highly fashionable.

Photo Credit: TheGrio

The dress Michele Obama wore that night looked familiar and this blog I found confirmed it. She shopped her closet for Election night!  Mrs. O exemplifies real women! If you’ve got a great dress, who says you can’t wear it again?  Many celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Angelina Jolie never do. Michele Obama is both confident and courageous enough to re-wear an outfit, knowing she will be photographed on each occasion, not only in the U.S., but around the world. Kudos to Mrs. O! If our closet is truly our castle (as mine certainly is) and we are buying only those clothes that we love and look great on us, a really good frock SHOULD be given another chance to shine — This goes for whether we’re a first lady, a regular woman, or both.

30 minute writing revelation


Lovely followers, you might find me writing more about fiction than fashion these days as I have set a goal to complete the second draft of my young adult novel in the next six months.

My main character has four coming of age dilemmas and from 12:00 to 12:30 a.m. on 9/13, I decided to tackle the parental issue.

The novel opens with an explosion between the parents, but I realize (thanks ctitique group) that I left too many unanswered questions on the table. Why that night? Why did the fight lead to a split? I won’t tell you the anwers, but I will say that I came up with some answers.

How? By forcing myself to write non-stop for 30 minutes. In creative writing circles it’s called “free-writing”. I used old fashioned pen and paper, just letting the thoughts flow from brain to finger to paper.

Afterwards, I chronicled the experience here in my blog using my trusty Samsung Galaxy II and the WordPress app.

Let’s hope this is the beginning of a new trend.