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.

October LOVE!

Twas the night before October, and all through the house, all the creatures were stirring, except for my spouse. He was golfing! Big shock! He was gone all the time, but his absence, you’ll see, is clearly no crime! When he leaves for long hours, the elves have a scheme. Sneak up to the rafters and collect Halloween! The scarecrows, the witches, jack-o-lanterns and bats; the vampires and clowns, Frankenstein and black cats! Grab all the things scary and take them inside, decorate the WHOLE house, keep it up ’till Yuletide! October is fun and scary to all! At long last, it is here! It is finally fall! Settle in for a spell, drink some wine by moonlight –Happy October to all, and to all a goodnight.

"In the mornin' when I rise, bring a tear of joy to my eyes... and tell me everything is gonna be alright."
-Kenny Loggins
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September, oh September!

My interviews are finished, and I cannot BELIEVE how many highly qualified, beautiful, educated, faithful, amazing women applied for a job with me! They each said they’d heard wonderful things about SHE and wanted to be a part of it. THAT IS GOD! I am so grateful to Him...

Life must… be… fun

A friend who visits this site regularly said that I post only photos of myself that are posed or “perfect”… never candid, goofy or, in his words, showing my authentic self. Hmm. Challenge accepted. I do have a goofy side but very few see it or appreciate it, so...

Summer comes to an end…

My daughter took this picture of me early one morning on a California beach–straight out of bed, coffee in hand and at peace. Peaceful moments don’t always last, so I grab them when I can and am grateful she captured one. It’s been a busy summer full of birthdays,...

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