What Writing Means to Me and a Plea for Help

When I was about ten or eleven years old, I wrote my very first fictional short story.  It just popped into my head and I wrote it down.  To this day, I can remember the storyline and how it felt to write it.  I think it may have even been “published” in the school newspaper, but that wasn’t the point.  I had to write it.  I didn’t have a choice.  And I loved it.

Later on in high school, I wrote a research paper on dragons.  My parents worked at the University of Chicago and brought me to the library on campus so that I could find some of the more obscure information I needed that was difficult to find at a high school or even a community library.  That one silly English assignment was the highlight of my entire four years and not simply because I got an A.  I wrote it on Wordstar (yes, I am old) and I still have the disk even though I have no way of recovering the data.

In college, I wrote a paper for an Aviation Management class based on a Feasibility Study done when my municipality was considering purchasing and expanding our local private airport.  My professor had returned it to me with the words “You write well.  The only 100 I gave.” written across the top.  Almost 20 years later, I still have a copy of it in my office.

Yet even with these tidbits of encouragement coupled with a deep love of writing, it wasn’t until recently that was able to put the fear behind me and actually write… and now I don’t ever want to stop.

The person who has helped me the most on my journey is Jim McGovern.  If it weren’t for him and the amazing staff at Big World Network, I would not have had the courage to share my stories with you.  That’s where the plea for help comes in.  Big World Network’s Indigogo fundraising campaign has about 12 hours left and it hasn’t quite reached the halfway point to its goal of $5000.  Please share this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/bwn and do what you can to help Jim reach his goal.  Every little bit helps and they have some fantastic perks for your contribution.

It would mean a lot to me, because whenever I feel like that ten year old putting my imaginary worlds on paper while a cruel little voice buzzes in the back of my head insisting that I’m not good enough, all I have to do is remember that I was good enough for Jim and Big World Network.  And through that, I have become part of a wonderful community of writers, readers, bloggers, publishers, and fans to which I would never have been exposed had I not taken that leap.  Right now, the only way that I can think of to thank Jim for giving me back my childhood dream and the courage to make it a reality is to ask everyone I know to just give a little bit and share the link with their friends.

Please do it now – there’s not much time left – and the success of this fundraising campaign in your hands.  All I can offer you is my gratitude for doing this for me.  Well, that and more stories.  Thank you!

From Me With Love

Dear TotallyTawn readers,

I wanted to give you a little Valentine’s Day gift – my special short story released today from Big World Network:

Love Never Dies: A Zombie Love Story

Just click the image to go to the series page to read or listen to it for free.

In addition, I think it’s time for TotallyTawn to evolve.  I never really had a plan when I started blogging.  I certainly never thought that I would discover such wonderful writers as Snoring Dog Studio, Peg-o-Leg’s Ramblings, and A Song in the Desert who have been a great inspiration to me, both because of the quality of their work and their dedication to consistent posting.

I’ve come to realize that the latter leads to the former.  And so, I would like to take TotallyTawn to the next level by utilizing it as a vehicle to hone my skills.  Beginning next week, I will begin posting everything from rants to flash fiction with no holds barred a minimum of twice a week.

This is a step into the unknown for me.  Please keep me company.   Happy Valentine’s Day!

2011 Wrap Up

A little more than a year ago, I timidly wandered into the Blogosphere hoping for nothing more than a creative outlet.  To my surprise, I have gained so much more than that.  I have no words for the depth of the gratitude I feel for the support, encouragement, and friendship I have received from so many.  I am overwhelmed.  Thank you.

I’ve heard that you can’t move forward without looking back, so I thought this would be an appropriate time to share one of my favorite posts from each month with you.  I hope all of your years to come are filled with joy, adventure and love.  Thank you for sharing my journey with me!














Shameless Self Promotion Time

When I began this whirlwind adventure into the world of writing, I never imagined that I would not only want people to see my work, but I would offer a bribe to gain readers.

Here’s the skinny – each new SUBSCRIBER to http://www.bigworldnetwork.com/Darklingdrake.html and/or http://bigworldnetwork.com/thepirateprincess.html will be entered in a random drawing for a $25 iTunes gift card!

Subscribe and WIN

One prize will be awarded per series and if you also LIKE the series page, you will be given an extra chance to win!

The sweepstakes ends Saturday, December 17th at midnight CST and I will draw the winners on Sunday December 18th. Winners will be notified via the email address entered for the subscription, so invalid email addresses will be disqualified.  You must be 18 to enter the Darkling Drake sweepstakes.

Thank you for reading and GOOD LUCK!


If I’ve been distant these last few months, I want you to know that it’s not you.  It’s me.

I’m in love.  Toni Drake and Princess Penelope Puffinstuff have captured my heart and driven me to distraction.

I want to share them with you.  I also want to introduce you to some new friends and an exciting new format.   Don’t be shy.  You’re friends can come, too!

Happy Launch Day, Big World Network!  And thank you for believing in me!

Happy Launch Day!