August 19, 2019

Mom took this photo of me a few weeks ago on the beach in Sorrento. At first I didn’t want to post it because I didn’t like how my body looked. Pasty white and a bit tummy-soft wearing a ragged old bikini. But then I noticed all the European women around me, many middl...

June 20, 2018

This is the moment I've been waiting for since I was nine years old.

Soon my debut novel, All Because of Hannah, will be published. I dragged my feet a bit on this one, but I wanted to make sure it was the best that it could be. I hired editors, did tons of research wit...

September 1, 2017

It’s been a year since I uprooted my life and moved half way across the country to a place I barely knew filled with people I’ve never met. People still ask me why I did it.

I still ask myself the same question.

I spent my entire life in the Chicago area, save for colleg...

December 4, 2016

This morning I woke with the intention of attending a Hatha Yoga class with one of my favorite teachers here in SLO, Laura Rogers. Normally during the week, Laura's classes start at the top of the hour. Because I work from home (and I use the term "work" loosely since...

November 18, 2016

Well, I didn't really plan this out before deciding to join NaNoWriMo the day before it started. I'm a combination of a Plotter and a Pantser, but more of a Plotter. I've written books without plotting before, and I usually end up with hundreds of pages of a story goin...

November 1, 2016

Today is my two month anniversary of living in San Luis Obispo, CA, and while I'm loving my new lifestyle, I'm still wondering what it is that brought me out here. When I first visited SLO two and a half years ago, I told my friend Kirsten, "I'm gonna move here." I lik...

October 13, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I was searching the Internet for a writers conference to attend. I haven't been to one in an embarrassing number of years, and now that my book is done, I felt it was time to get back into them. Since moving to California in August, I was looking...

October 12, 2016

Check out old entries on Dani's Starting to Happen on Blogspot. There are too many to transfer. I plan on blogging again soon right here, so check back later. 

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