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. :)

Humble Apologies

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So… in my efforts to get rid of a bunch of spammy messages, I messed up something on my site. I can’t find my undelete button, and I haven’t had much luck in finding answers as to how to fix my mistake. Which means I lost a bunch of stuff off of my site. If I lost something you said, I promise, it wasn’t personal. That “delete all” button is way too powerful a button for someone like me (aka easily distracted) to handle. Again, my apologies!! Now, to take our minds off of this dreadful moment, I’m...

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Overcoming Art Journaling Fear

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, imperfection, perfection | 0 comments

As I’ve shared my art journaling passion with others, I’m finding that a lot of folks are afraid to start art journaling because they don’t think they’re very good at art. Even though the idea intrigues them and they’d love to give it a try, they don’t want to take that step toward trying art journaling because they’re afraid they won’t be very good. It’s not about being good! What I love most about art journaling is that anyone of any talent can do it! I can’t draw a straight line or...

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Kindness doesn’t cost anything

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Authenticity, Writing | 0 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 | 0 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 | 17 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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