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.

Pink roses and memories

Yes, the Halloween selfies will return soon — maybe sooner even than I think, as I ponder how many orange tops I have that are too warm for me to wear in October. Octobers in California are HOT… so why do I keep buying so many cute Halloween hoodies? I better make use of them now or else I’ll go another year without wearing them. 🙂 Pink roses are my favorite. Only two people have ever known that I love roses to be a very particular color of pink. The dear man got it right again this Valentine’s Day, so here we are (the roses and me) pictured together for our annual photo shoot. On a business-related note, I am doing resumes nearly full-time now. Please keep contacting me, and I will put you in line behind some very happy customers. I want you to get the job, and I want to be a part of helping you. xo

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

Life’s unexpected twists

He was uncommonly happy; he brought laughter and light where he went; he loved with his whole heart; he didn’t judge. It’s been two weeks since he passed, and as I sit here looking at this, one of our many photos together, I still can’t believe he’s gone. It...

A new baby!

Our parents TRY to tell us how great grandparenting is–but it’s like trying to explain what Heaven is like, you just can’t. Nobody prepares you for another chance to hold your own babies again, the feeling of traveling back in time and getting a do-over (but a far more...

Spooky Season, Part 2

If I had a penny for every time this year that I had cause to be proud of one of my former actors, I’d be rich. Whether it is Michelle getting her degree and getting her “big girl” job, or Ethan becoming a Shafter PD and buying his own...

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