Job Shadow

One of my favorite recent experiences of being an author was when I had a few teenagers as job shadows. I spent an afternoon in my home with a few budding authors from Junior High. They came prepared with samples of their work for feedback. I lugged out the huge white board and we discussed…

Author Life Month

February was Author Life Month over on Instagram and Twitter. I decided to post the photos—and captions about the photos—from my feed onto my blog. I didn’t post every day,  but I tried. My favorite day was “Challenge Overcome.” It made me realize that every person struggles to be creative. Everyone has the same doubts…

Death in Writing

This past week has reminded me about the frailty of life. I started writing this blog post about how to capture death in our writing two weeks ago, before some of my favorite people in the entertainment industry passed away. Also, my husband’s childhood friend passed away suddenly and we went to the funeral over…

Shadows of Angels

I am happy and honored to be a part of the Laura Rollins blog tour for her debut novel Shadows of Angels. Here is her Bio: Laura Rollins is an avid dessert creator, fiction writer, and probably Lucille Ball’s biggest fan ever. She homeschools her four young children and finds the kitchen a perfect place to…

Christmas Yard Waste

This will be a quick how-to on changing your outside flower pots into Christmas decor. People bring me their pots at my work and I charge them at least $100.00 to do this, so here is a bit of information on how to do them for FREE, yes, free! Then I’ll go back to my…

50,000 words of leftover casserole

^^This is why I only wrote one blog post in November.^^ NaNoWriMo was hard this year. There were a few days, lumped together, that I didn’t write anything. Playing catch-up really killed the creative juices. During the last two days of the month, I had to write 10,000 words to reach my goal. To me,…

Thankful

I sketched this up real quick on a poster board and am excited to see what my family writes on it tomorrow! Happiness is moving every single piece of furniture in your house to accommodate a large family 🙂 I like to write a quick Thankful post each year and I will continue to do…

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Please enjoy some of the monstrous illustrations from my brother Todd Powelson. You can find more of his amazing artwork on ARTDUH.COM or ToddPowelson.com Have a safe and spooky Halloween! Tara 🙂

A party that was out of this WORLD!

A few weeks ago I attended a writers retreat with dozens of fabulous, talented women. I asked the organizer what I could do to help. She twiddled her thumbs, trying to think of something, because she’s very organized and had everything under control. “Decorate and come up with a theme,” she said. Interesting, because the…