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.

Back from the couch

Today marks the first day in weeks that I’ve ventured into my office after spending almost 3 weeks on the couch (or in bed) with some mystery virus that I decided NOT to have confirmed. I think everyone (on the planet) knows what I’m talking about. Anyway, it’s no joke, I’ll tell you that; it’s a strict taskmaster who demands rest and, in my case, lazy days on end spent watching a string of Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. Thankfully, I contracted “it” in July during Hallmark’s Christmas movie marathon, so I felt it only fitting to use THIS mug today as I finally feel well enough to work for a while. Maybe it’s my romantic heart, but this photo reminds me of yes, Christmas, but also of love so pure that you’d want to lasso the moon for it. If you have it, hang onto it… because there are no refunds. xo

"I'm tellin' you, from where I sit, you're one of a kind."
-Griffin House
Dana Martin Blog

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...

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...

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