I am Dana, a writer, editor

and communications & marketing specialist living in the thriving metropolis of Bakersfield, California.

Dana Martin Writing

A Little About Me…

I am best characterized as a ringmaster of many circuses, but I’ve actually made money as a freelance writer for various magazines, as a nine-time contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and working with haunted attractions across the United States. I was the president of Writers of Kern for five years and the editor of the nation’s first citizen journalism magazine, The Northwest Voice. When I earned my degree in English, someone said, “Wow, you just wasted four years of college on a degree you can never use.” My response was, “It took me nine years, thank you.” I am a mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I wear cowboy boots a lot because they’re my favorite, I mind my own business, and I am a follower of Jesus. I fail him daily, but He is pretty cool with that–I mean, I’m working on it, but He’s cool while I work on it.

My birth stone is a coffee bean.

West Coast Haunters Convention in Portland this April!

April 13-15

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” –Simon Sinek. Are your actors financially or emotionally invested? Your answer to this question is likely determining the level of success you’re experiencing in your haunted attraction. In my breakout session “To Pay or Not to Pay: Using Paid vs. Volunteer Actors in Haunted Attractions,” I will discuss the benefits (and pitfalls) of both practices and will provide practical methods to retain your actors in either case. I can’t wait to see you there!

“A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.”
- Charles Dickens
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Bridal veils and helium balloons

I’m crying again on the first day of school, but not because my kids are growing up too fast. This time, it’s because they are already grown. To older moms everywhere, this is for you. Whether your kids are in college, working a job, or are married with a...

Dreaming of “the bigs”

(Ed note: Bakersfield Life Magazine asked me to contribute a column for their January issue. It needed to be relevant to local readers. I am copying it here.) January is a time to celebrate… baseball. –I know, Christmas lights are still twinkling, resolutions are being professed, but preparations are...

adventure

Adventure

Adventure can find you anywhere. Case in point: I traveled last year to a haunted house convention and fell in love with everything “escape games,” and today, along with my friend, cohort, and amazing spiritual sister Robin, I have a business called Schoolhouse Escapes that brings super fun escape...

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