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. :)

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 | 4 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 | 44 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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The healing power of art, friendship, and Truth

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, Faith, identity in christ, imperfection, perfection, perspective | 0 comments

One of the biggest blessings in my art journaling journey has been to see how many inner wounds it has healed. I’m doing a number of different art journal projects, and one of the most daunting things has been that a lot of the challenges ask you to do some kind of self-portrait. I’m going to be honest here. I HATE pictures of myself. I’m not like some people, who completely shun the camera, because I have relatives who are like that, and it makes me sad that I have no pictures of them. But still, there’s a tiny part...

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New Year, Better Me!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, Dreams, goals, Lessons, life changes | 2 comments

Happy New Year!! I was looking at one of the ad campaigns we’re supporting for work called New Year, New You. Now, no offense to the folks who came up with that idea, but the more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t like that idea. For the most part, I like who I am. I don’t want to find a new me, I just want a better me. Which I think is the whole point of New Year’s Resolutions. We want to build on the foundation of the life we’ve been creating and make it better. One of the things I realized in the...

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Taxes for the writer guest blog

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Tax Tips | 0 comments

I’m guest blogging today over at Seriously Write, sharing my thoughts on taxes. A great way to start your year off right!

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My Super Duper Top Secret Writing Project REVEALED

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Adventures in Motherhood, Writing, Writing-NaNoWriMo Madness | 8 comments

I have been tormenting some of you for a while now over my super duper top secret writing project since NaNoWriMo. I can finally reveal what I’ve been working on. So… when I decided to do NaNoWriMo, I was in an interesting situation. I always do NaNoWriMo. And, because I feel like it’s sort of a rebellious thing, I always try to write a weird book completely outside of my comfort zone that I don’t entirely intend to publish but secretly hope it will become a bestseller. So far, no secret hope come true, but maybe...

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