Danica’s top-secret journal. Okay, it’s not really top-secret, since it’s my blog, but ever since I got hooked on Nancy Drews as a kid, I’ve always been a sucker for top-secret stuff. :)

Kindness doesn’t cost anything

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Authenticity, Writing | 2 comments

Pin ItI’ve been thinking about kindness lately, and last night, as I was editing my latest book proposal, I realized that kindness is one of the themes I’ve been exploring a lot lately. A while back, I talked about my own personal kindness challenge, and how I was being more intentional about being kind. I’d hoped to spend the month talking about kindness, but then, I got zinged by someone I once thought of as a friend, and wondered if I really had any place to speak with authority on the subject. In one of my...

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Everything you need to achieve your dreams

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, Dreams | 0 comments

Pin ItWhen I entered 2014, it was with the intention of focusing on taking the steps I need to achieve my dreams. I have a lot of “someday I’d like to” in my life, and I decided that “someday” was no longer good enough. I’ve been studying a lot of different ideas and methods for achieving your dreams and goal setting, and combining that with my art journaling. One of the exercises I did talked about the qualities you want to have when you reach your dreams. Unless you develop those qualities on...

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Sharing a few happy thoughts…

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in happy places | 0 comments

It’s been a weird few days. I had family visiting (LOVED it) and yet, every interaction with someone in the outside world ended up with me scratching my head wondering how so many narcissists can exist in this world without the universe imploding. Last week, I created a really cool calendar of things to blog about and when, and somehow I lost it. Then, today, I got an email saying that my blog server had been updated, so I logged on and realized that I lost a bunch of comments. So if you commented on my blog recently, and you don’t...

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Taking steps toward my dreams now

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Dreams | 4 comments

The funny thing about my lack of blogging of late is that it’s not because I’ve lacked things to say or reasons to blog. The truth of the matter is that I keep thinking I’m going to re-do my website, and I don’t want the hassle of having to move my whole blog or get new posts caught in transition. But I keep pushing back my website move. Partially due to the schedule of the person I’m having do it, partially due to my schedule. So, here it is, my site, and my blog, languishing. Which is a perfect metaphor for most...

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The value of relationship in customer service

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in priorities, relationship | 0 comments

Over the past few months, I’ve been having a lot of issues with our medical insurance company. Weird claims processing, being charged for things we shouldn’t be charged for, bills I don’t understand, etc. Today I learned something that completely changed my perspective on things not working as they have been. I realized just how important relationship is. We’ve had the same insurance company for 15 years. In addition, we’ve had the same claims adjuster for that time. Over the years, I’ve been able to pick up...

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Taking the grumpy wumpus by the horns

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in artist | 0 comments

Are you in a grumpy mood? Feeling down? Feeling insignificant? I’ve had a rough week of that. It seems like everything I’ve planned on this week has fallen apart, and I haven’t had the strength to do much more than mope. When I’m in these moods, I tend to hide away and just be… blah. Not a great choice, but I hate subjecting others to my moods. So today, something interesting happened. I had a long list of things I was going to do to snap out of it. None of them materialized. Well, there’s hope for one more...

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Winners!! And a name!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in contests, Leadville | 0 comments

I gathered up all of the suggestions for the brothel name and I sent them over to my editor, asking her to choose one. I figured she’d be the best judge of what would work for my book and our readership, and she came up with…   The Pink Petticoat!   Crystal Ridgway, thank you so much for the suggestion. Let me know which online bookstore you’d like a gift card to, and be on the lookout for my second book next spring, featuring The Pink Petticoat. My other random winner was Holly S. Thank you everyone for your great...

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Book news! And a contest!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Leadville, Writing | 31 comments

I finally have a release date for my first Love Inspired Historical book! Look for it November 2014! I also sold my second book, which will be out early to mid 2015. With all that to celebrate, I wanted to share some of the fun. In my second book, a brothel called The Lucky Miner plays an important role in the story. My editor would like me to change the name to something that doesn’t include the word, “Lucky.” I thought it would be fun to let my readers help me pick a new name. My book is set in 1881 in Leadville, Colorado,...

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A rant, or possibly a question, about Young Adult books

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Rants | 15 comments

For those of you who followed my Super Duper Top Secret Writing Project, it should come as no surprise that I’ve been reading A TON of Young Adult books over the past few months trying to wrap my head around whether or not the Young Adult book I wrote is publishable. I’ve really enjoyed many of the books I’ve read. Most of them have way too much sexual content for me to be comfortable letting my kiddo read them- yet. However, THAT is not my rant. My rant is this: Lately, everything I’ve read ends without an ending....

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You are an artist… even if you can’t draw a straight line

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, imperfection, perfection | 2 comments

One of the things I hear all the time from people when I talk about my art journal journey is “well, I’m not an artist.” Time to call out that lie! Okay, so maybe you think you aren’t an artist. I get that. I bought into that lie for a long time, and even got rid of some of my art because it “wasn’t good.” I can’t draw to save my life, and if you really want to know the truth about my art, I can’t even draw a straight line. In fact, I can’t even TRACE an object without really messing...

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