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.

Website for amazing new business goes live!

As I make the final finishing touches on my outstanding new website, I am having trouble keeping it to myself! The cool stuff is done, and I am so excited by how it turned out that I can’t WAIT to give a shout-out to my super-amazing-hilarious-talented designer Courtney Hebert! I have used her company JudithShakes Designs on exactly EVERY one of my projects: Scary Girls Haunt Management branding, this site you’re visiting right now, my Twitter packages, signatures, business card designs… and each time I use her, her talent reminds me why she’s my go-to girl for graphics and designs and ideas. Her pricing is ridiculously reasonable so I like to pay her MORE than we contract because she goes ABOVE AND BEYOND what she sets out to do! I am so excited that I’m finally able to reveal the amazing new website.

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained."
- C. S. Lewis
Dana Martin Blog
a-z blogging challenge

Theme Reveal: A-Z Blogging Challenge

I have a new grandbaby due in April, a 7-month old grandbaby who owns me, a grown son making his way toward the pitching mound for the Oakland Athletics, two upcoming haunted house conventions AND a burgeoning business that requires my full-time attention BUT have also decided to join...

Dana and Mike

“G” is for God

I’m still in Texas, and although it was day later than we’d imagined, we’re home from the hospital after my grandson’s birth with a healthy baby and mother. God is good. I always catch myself when I say that. “God is good.” Isn’t God always good? Inherently good? His...

Jarret and allie

“F” is for Freedom

As I sit in a birthing room at Midland Memorial Hospital, I find myself with more than enough time to re-enter the A-Z Blogging Challenge. NOT that I ever withdrew, although it would APPEAR that I was AWOL since my busy April turned this blog into a non-productive alphabetical...

early convention

“E” is for Education

Today flew by in a flurry of appointments and responsibilities, and now nighttime is already locking up and getting ready to call it a day. And I, loyal reader, am only now sitting down to write my “E” blog post. Writers are a weird breed of idea-havers. We have...

Dana Martin Writing

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