Hello! Thank you for stopping by Mind the Dog Writing Blog, a W.O.W. Network blog. My dogs and I are so happy you’re here.
I’m a graduate of Michigan State University, where I earned my undergraduate degree in German, with a minor in English, and have been a high school English teacher since 2006. During my time in this role, I have advised the high school yearbook (2008-2013) and resurrected the high school’s literary magazine with my fellow W.O.W blogger, Thomas Brandon, as well as advised the German Club.
In 2013, I completed a Master’s of Liberal Studies in Arts and Culture with a concentration in Creative Writing at University of Denver, allowing me to expand my teaching role to a college-level dual enrollment course called College Composition.
My work has appeared on Lifein10minutes.com, SweatPantsandCoffe.com, Richmond.com, extramile.thehartford.com, blog.league.com, ScoutKnows.com, and MyTrendingStories.com, as well as in The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Christian Science Monitor, Cicada, and Nine Lives: A Life in Ten Minutes Anthology. Currently, I am working on the completion of my first novel, tentatively titled Goodbye for Now, in addition to various freelance projects.
I am a member of James River Writers and Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, and a regular participant in Life in 10 Minutes workshops. I am also the new chairperson of the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association Collegiate Undergraduate Writing and Photo Contest.
The dogs who give this blog its name have been with me through all seven (and counting, no doubt) drafts of my novel–curling up by my side as I type away hour after hour, creating characters who sometimes seem as real to me as my own friends and family, and places inspired by my current hometown in Virginia. You will get to know my canine companions quite well if you stick with me throughout my blogging, freelance writing, and novel-writing journey; they will be featured regularly as they continue to support my writing endeavors–and remind me when it’s time for a walk, a treat, or some backyard playtime.
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