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.

A "Halloween" Break

Most people know I love Halloween and know I have attended haunted house conventions for years with other like-minded haunted house people. After all these years, the most lasting memory is always the friendships I’ve made. Now, with this new weird, global pandemic, the Halloween industry, while mostly unaffected in this spring, grows anxious about what the future holds for their attractions in the fall. They wonder if they will be able to open and, if so, in what capacity and to what extent with actors. Many of them also own escape rooms, which have been closed since the state lockdowns. With all that said, they needed a break, like all of us, need to feel normal for a few hours, so it was SO NICE last night to meet with so many of them on Zoom, where I was invited to Haunter Happy Hour. As you can see by the pic, I changed my background to something entirely appropriate (and, sidenote, something I’m missing badly). Yes, I know this one is in Florida, but I couldn’t find the Anaheim one. 🙂 So, for a couple hours last night, we laughed and laughed, and we made promises to do it again soon. Indeed, when I awoke this morning, they’d already sent an invitation to the next one. Wine and friends will be the thing that keeps us a little bit sane when nothing else seems to be the same.

"When someone does something wrong, don't forget about all the things they did right."
-Author unknown
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Another perspective

Another perspective. There’s so much good going around. I learned today that my mom’s hairdresser—with no fanfare, no Facebook post, and before any quarantine dictate—told my mother that her weekly hair appointment would now be at my mom’s own house until further notice. 😭 She’s going to LEAVE her...

Before I was a grandma…

This is an ode to when I wasn’t a grandma. When I wasn’t a grandma, I had all the time I needed for work. I worked at a job that took 18 hours a day, at times, and I didn’t think twice about it. I enjoyed working. I’d come...

Diary of an obit writer

Dear Families: I want you to know that I cry over your loved one. From the time I leave our interview, even if I’m able to hold it together for the 90 minutes spent talking to you, I break down the second I get alone in my car. Your...

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