I am Dana, a writer, editor

and small business owner 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.

Happy spring!

It’s April 1st, and the good things that keep happening in my life are definitely going to prohibit my resume-writing for the time being. My new company Schoolhouse Escapes is expanding into different cities, and I will be using my “free” time (said lightly) to train new affiliates, travel to new locations, and write new games. I am also entering my busiest season for schools, so I know I cannot give my resume clients the best of me during this busy time in my life. AND… I am expecting my third grandbaby! But please feel free to reach out if you’re having an emergency. Some exciting things are brewing in Bakersfield and beyond, and all I can do is cup my hands to try to keep all the blessings from running through my fingers. No experience in life is wasted. There are no refunds.

"You don't need to change a thing about you, babe. I'm telling you, from where I sit, you're one of a kind."
- Griffin House
Dana Martin Blog

May showers

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? Today was a good day; the sky was dark, and during my 4-mile walk, it began to sprinkle. I’ve been a sprint-walker for a while, but we don’t get much rain where I live so this was an...

grit in students

Students and grit

When I was in third grade, I can remember Mrs. Wagner making me repeat an entire cursive assignment because I looped the bottom of a lowercase “f” the wrong direction. I wasn’t the only one. She decided to stop the lesson and move to another assignment, promising we would...

Mercy and grace

You deserve forgiveness. Stop beating yourself up. No one hates you. Everyone makes mistakes. You’ve done the best you could. You’re trying to do better. You’re a good person. You still deserve love. You deserve to be happy. Good things happen to good people, and you’re good people. Everything...

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