About Me

Writing is my vehicle. Hop in. I’ll take you there.

My mom taped Dr. Seuss learn-to-read flashcards on everything in our house. Refrigerator. Sofa. Floor. Door. I fell hard. Then I found out that making words is even better than reading them.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, I’ve been migrating north since childhood, and living among the Yoopers of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since the 1980s. I began my association with the Keweenaw Peninsula as a Michigan Technological University student in 1978-79, the epic winter of 355.90 inches, and then as a reporter, and then managing editor of The Daily Mining Gazette. During my tenure at the helm of the then-15,000-circulation paper, the Gazette received the 1996 Associated Press Michigan Newspaper of the Year Award, sharing honors with the Detroit News and Free Press.

During four years of two 6,000-mile circumnavigations of Eastern North America, I produced features, how-tos and travelogues for magazines—and found the inspiration for my debut novel, More Than You Think You Know , released by Beating Windward Press in 2017— a coming-of-middle-age travel thriller with a nautical spine.

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After anchoring behind the Statue of Liberty, traversing the Erie Canal, and sailing the Florida Keys, husband Scott and I sailed home to Houghton. I returned to the University in 2015, both as a writer and editor with the marketing and communications department, and as a student, majoring in Communication, Culture and Media.

Sailing America’s Great Loop on a 32-foot DownEast sailboat, twice, is more similar to my current work than it might seem. Both require an open and creative mind, structure, articulation, accuracy and always looking for the next cool thing.

When I’m not busy telling Michigan Tech’s story for digital and print audiences or doing homework, find me working with aspiring authors, or at work on my next novel (working title: Yoga For Smokers). A hoarder of hard-copy books and magazines, prone to social media binges, I find my Zen on the water, the yoga mat, and in the garden.

Super Powers

Instantaneous typo recognition (But I always get a second set of eyes on my own work, and you should, too).

Working with photographers ( Smile inducer. Willing holder of coats and equipment).

Social media obsessed. (It’s where we connect. It’s where the best stories are told and shared). 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I especially enjoy your use of alliteration in your “editing goals” section. It’s nerdy, but I like it! I’d like you to consider a piece on the versatility of throwback Reeboks in a nautical setting. I wait with bated breath 🙂

  2. Me too , Ebay does bring out your creative side. Yes its all about how you sell it. ( Pics help a lot ) I know, my 11th year with Ebay., before PayPal, before so many things we now take for granted.. I resisted change, hated PayPal, now Its lard to live without it.. For three years I was platinum seller, not easy to do over 20M a month ! I even sold my last house on Ebay !

  3. Anyone who’s first novel is going to be entitled “Loop dee doo” is worth following!!! I hate actual ‘word counts’ as I’m a bit of a waffler but I’m hoping to do an honours degree next year so I’m following some editorial folk such as your good self as a little tag along and so I can shamelessly pick up some free tips and advice!! edit, edit, edit -terrifies me but needs to be my mantra from now on!

    • Fair is fair – if you’re going to pick my brain I get to pick yours! I hate word counts, too, because I SPEW. If they ask for a 1,500-word article, I’ll give ’em 4,000. Then it’s time to hack and slash. Working at a newspaper was an excellent way to learn how to murder words. But I still haven’t figured out how to make it less painful.

  4. I can drop some names too, Hemingway , we both suffered from excess, and way too many ” ands” in our writings. . Every book I ever wrote required proofing many times and by several sources, it’s fun to let your creative juices flow .unchallenged ., often as with Hemingway, somewhat less than sober. At one time in earlier years, I did my best work with a hangover . At some point, with age, the Hirt exceeds the worth. This year marks 10 years sober,, just another day , as I saw it.

  5. Hi Cindy: I came here via FWG’s “show me your website” and was impressed with your site. It conveys a friendly and inviting feeling, which is good for aYA writer. I write dark historical fiction, and my blog, xenoseye.wordpress.com is a companion blog to my novel, “the shadow of Xeno’s eye.” Please take a look at my blog when you get a chance. Advice, suggestions, and constructive criticism are welcomed.

    • You can do it, too! There’s a saying: 75 percent of us want to write a book. Five percent actually start. Five percent finish. Five percent polish, revise and go through the query or self-publication process and take that book to market.

      I’m betting on you. Welcome to the five-percent club!

      • Those are interesting statistics. I’ve also heard that 90% of what’s published is non-fiction, making it even more challenging to find a publisher for fiction. Five-percent club…love that. And my hat is off to you, truly.

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