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.

Birthday season again ~

First, sorry for the weird glitch in my website last week; evidently it was a plugin issue, but we are back up and running now! If you need a resume or editing, please click the contact button above to send me an email description of your project. I’ll get back to you quickly. As summer approaches, that means we are one season closer to Halloween (the BEST time of the year), and we are now in June, my birth month. As the years progress, my birthday means less about presents and more about fitness, staying healthy, and spending time with my loved ones. So this week, a girls’ trip is planned (complete with Halloween shopping), lunches, exercise, lots of coffee, and maybe I’ll even write a new children’s book for fun. And, as always, there are no refunds! xo

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

Spooky season is forevermore

Less than a year ago, I started an Instagram blog entitled Halloween Granny, which I meant almost solely to facilitate the collection of Halloween photos I’d taken over the years, since I was getting the impression that my regular account followers may not appreciate daily reminders of a singular...

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...

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