“Musings” – A book of original poetry and artwork

ClausenFinished editing and designing the cover for B.J. Clausen’s book, Musings.  It is now published and ready.

Musings is a beautiful coffee-table book with original artwork from the author/artist. Complementary poetry and haiku accompany each picture. With many nature and woodland scenes, the artist has captured the sense of awe and painted pictures with words. Living in the majestic redwoods only miles from the ocean has given her inspiration for this book.

B.J. Clausen
B.J. Woodland Clausen

B.J. Clausen is the co-author of  two local history books: Del Norte Bites and Del Norte Bites: Second Helping. Co-editor of Who Is God series I through IV, Who Is God Anthology, and Who Is God – All Nations.

Musings is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Nobel.

She teaches poetry and collage to grade school students. Her art can be seen at the Crescent City Harbor Gallery and The Gallery of Art and Culture in Crescent City, CA and at the Museum Contempo in Olympia, WA. Many of the pictures in this book are available for purchase in either original or print form from fineartamerica.com. They can also be purchased as cards.

See more of BJ’s art at her website. Contact information is also available at her website.  View a sneak peek of Musings:

B.J. Clausen is my sister and I am very proud of her for this accomplishment!


NaNoWriMo -National November Writing Month

NANOWRIMOCan you write a whole book in a month? Are you ready?  50,000 words in the month of November -enough for a novel- that  is the challenge.

The biggest challenge is not what to write, but when to write? When is there ever time?  I have come to believe that it’s a little here, a little there – at lunch breaks, during commercials, whenever a thought comes. Capture them when they appear before they escape. Dedicated writing times are good too; the goal is to write consistently a little bit everyday.

I have not tried in the past – but this year I am ready! Book Two Draft is close to done – the sequel to Love’s Journey Home: The Search for Love. The first book told of Frank’s  journey to find love and acceptance as an abandoned boy  growing into manhood. His heart-warming and sometimes excruciating experiences show how his heart had to change before he could really find the love he sought.

Love Looks Back: The Search for Siblings will pick up Frank’s journey to look for his brothers and sisters who were separated from him at age ten. He may find some startling surprises along the way as he must learn a whole new side of forgiveness.

If you are ready to get started, here are the top ten tips from 2013, found on GalleyCat.

NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Establish a Writing Schedule

NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #2: Create an Outline

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Create a Character Outline

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Establish a Setting

NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Develop Your Novel’s Plot

NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Don’t Think Like an Editor (Yet)

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Develop Your Protagonist

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Don’t Check Your Email

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Make a Soundtrack For Your Book

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Work on Point of View


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