Turning Pro – Thank You Steven Pressfield, Marie Forlio, Danielle LaPorte, James Clear, and Steve Kamb

I wanted to document the moment I made the conscious decision to Turn Pro. Hello there. My name is Dana and I'm a PROFESSIONAL writer, publisher, and public speaker. My Vision: I'm in the human construction business - I work to build people up so that they may be their best selves. (have to work on [...]

Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them and Step Away from the Keyboard.

So now, both manuscripts are in beta read.  The second one was able to go so fast because there wasn't a lot of text to write. It's more work book than story book so stopping at 10K+ wasn't that big of a deal. When it's all finished - edited and such I mean - I [...]

Speaking of Starving Artists

Hi everyone.  My name is Dana Ellington, and I'm a Starving Artist.  (*sits down with a sigh*) Yes my friends, despite having a steady nine to five, I am a Starving Artist.  Much to my shame / embarrassment / guilt, it's time to be completely honest and admit I don't know how to run a business. [...]

Random – inspired by the pain in my left arm

She was a power mad, scandalous, conniving, spiteful, bitch. She'd climbed her way to a top position using the handles on the knives she'd stuck in the backs of strategically placed co-workers. No one liked or trusted her, yet they had to do her bidding because she had the title and corner office.  She lay [...]

Will this be the first year in four that I don’t release a book?

Aphrodite's Twin is still in beta which at this point leads me to believe it's a hot mess and needs major rewrites.  But without beta reader(s) feedback, I'm hanging in the breeze. Thinking I may just clean it up grammatically, work up a cover, and run it off to the printer just so I can [...]

Divine Intervention (original March 28, 2013)

This originally appeared on my old website. Decided it had some good info in it so I'm re-posting it. 🙂 Enjoy! Do you believe in God? I’m the first to say I believe in a “higher” power but not as it’s represented in most (so called) organized religions.  Too much human tampering and interpretation and using [...]

That moment when you write the defining scene or lines of your novel.

 "I'm tired of men only loving me with their words, or their penises. I want... no, I deserve a man who loves me with his actions, his body, his words, his, well, everything. Because in case you hadn't noticed, I love with all I have, and all I do."  Jocelyn (heroine of my second WIP [...]

Beta Test – Module One

Not sure if you know this or not, but I'm working on my next writing project. It's a departure for me in that its non-fiction and there-fore is inspiring a different writing style than I'm used to. I am one of those writers who is led by my characters during the drafting phase - they [...]

Time to take it all off.

  It's that time of the month again. Time to go to the salon and get the wig flipped. As is usual, as of late, I am contemplating what would happen if I dropped the pretense that fake hair affords me.  What would happen if I stopped wearing wigs / weaves totally.  I would like [...]

Ready? Set…

Well, I still have two plans to finalize before midnight tonight as tomorrow marks the first day of WORK on this year's achievements. I've got all but my Coaching marketing and my finance plans in place. Good thing I cancelled cable a week ago, eliminated a major distraction in doing so, which gives me more [...]