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.

Writing Services

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 games to classrooms—games that are standards-based and common core friendly (and by “friendly,” I mean teachers can totally check-off any admin-required boxes to notate they’ve provided unit-culminating, hands-on, cooperative activities with their students). To learn more about it, you can CLICK HERE. ANYWAY, adventures. We decided to write a Christmas theme unit, so I went to work this week creating a Christmas story that I would, like the others, self-publish and read to the students as part of the immersion process of escape gaming. So, during the writing (a tip o’ the hat to my after-dinner glass of wine AND to Robin’s root canal), I ended up with a story I was so proud of that I immediately sent it to Robin, whose response was: “YOU NEED TO HAVE THIS PUBLISHED.” (Really, traditionally, bookstore published was her implication.) So today, I have found an editor (yes, the editor needs an editor) and am dipping my ever-adventurous toe into the literary pool of children’s books. Adventure is a good thing; you never know where (or to whom) it will take you. (p)

“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...

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International Travel, Part 1

Things happen when I travel. Security things. Embarrassing things. To date, however, I’ve enjoyed relative security in my surroundings: no matter HOW wrongly things go, no matter how intimate the pat-down or HOW sharp the scissors found in my purse after four security checkpoints, I am on American soil. There’s only...

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