It’s easy to forget that many successful authors (in terms of books published, sales, name recognition) struggled to get that first book in print. But when looking for inspiration, writers usually turn to other authors who found a way through the puzzling jungle of drafts, queries, rejections, contracts, marketing, and so on. These personal stories […]


Journal Entry 6: Exploring Meaning 2015 Noting that this is the 5-year anniversary of SunnyRoomStudio, I should have planned something “special” … but this journal entry will have to suffice. The past couple of weeks have been filled with the unexpected, the expected, and everything in-between. Returning to this journal, in many ways, a gift. […]

Perspectives of an Author

Welcome back to SunnyRoomStudio. I’d like you to meet my insightful Studio Guest, author Karen Levy. Her memoir, My Father’s Gardens (Homebound Publications 2013), is nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Please feel free to submit questions in the comment section. And thanks for stopping by this sunny space for kindred spirits. Welcome, Karen! Words. […]

Turning Within

Welcome back to SunnyRoomStudio as we launch a new 7-month spiritual journal called Turning Within.  Like the online journal from 2013, I will post every other Friday morning.  You can look forward to guest posts sprinkled between regular journal entries. For instance, next Friday, February 14th, my very first Studio Guest (from 2010), author Mary […]

Stay Alert

Books on My Shelf 2014 Welcome back to SunnyRoomStudio. This week I picked a fun, amazingly worthwhile book from my shelf to share with you.  I’ll also be sharing a few thoughts on creativity from author Laura Munson.  Recently, we talked about a favorite book from her shelf, one she points to during her Haven […]