Sunday, November 2, 2014

Storyline conference and writer workshop

I attended the Storyline Conference and Writer's Workshop in South Barrington, Illinois this weekend. I learned so much, but even more so, I just feel so inspired and excited to be part of a group that wants to share their story with the world. What a great message to hear that my story matters.
Blessings and thank you to everyone involved!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tell your real life story

   I love in the book and movie The Fault in our Stars when Augustus asks Hazel what her story is. When she begins to tell him about her trials with cancer, he stops her and says that he wants to hear her real story, the story about her, not her illness. I meet too many people that define themselves by the sadness, pain and illness of their lives. Unfortunately we all have experienced some pain in our lives, some more than others, but why let that be all that we are? Think about your story. If someone asked you to tell it, where would you start; what would you say?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Riding Waves excerpt

“Hi,” I say as I slide into Dan’s truck giving him a kiss.
“What’s that smell and what are you wearing?” he snaps.
“The perfume that you gave me for Valentine’s Day, and what is wrong with my outfit?”
“Who wears cowboy boots anymore?”
“I don’t know. Lots of people.”
“Well they look stupid,” he hisses.
I am not sure what is wrong, but I know that I didn’t do anything. I don’t dare ask Dan or he will just blame me.
I am quiet as Dan drives. I didn’t eat dinner since it is only five and he knows that my dad doesn’t come home to eat until six-thirty. I want to ask him where we are going, what we are doing and what is for dinner, but I just purse my lips closer together. We pull up at a huge house that I have never been to before. Without a word, Dan gets out of the car and walks around to the back of the house. I follow a few steps behind him. When I round the corner of the house, I am in awe by the sight of the lake behind the house. I mean the house is spectacular too, but the sun just glistens across the water. I have never seen a lake in someone’s yard before, a little pond maybe but not a lake. There is an in the ground pool probably twice as big as my grandparent’s pool, a brick patio and hot tub with a few people in it. The patio looks like a hotel.
Dan seems to know one of the girls in the hot tub who yells, “Dan! You made it!”
“I did Emma.”
“Keg is over there. Hope you brought your swimsuit.”
I follow Dan over to the keg where he gets us each a beer. I don’t even know what to say. Who is Emma? Why are we here? Did he bring a swimsuit? Is he going to introduce me? What is going on?
After Dan hands me a beer, a gorgeous blond guy walks over to the keg. He is tall and has on dark blue swim shorts with a long sleeve light blue button up shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He looks a little older than Dan.
“Love your boots,” he comments as he pours himself a beer....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Maybe God has a better plan for your life than you can imagine for yourself.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Growing Flowers Book

 I spent the last year, blogging every day, but this year I want to focus on writing my second book Growing Flowers. As I reflect back on the past year, I have grown as a person and as a writer. 
My life goals were:
1. Write and publish a fiction book
2. Travel and hike
  -Grand Canyon
3. Inspire, mentor and/or teach others
    (May entail getting my Master's Degree)
I finished writing and published my book Riding Waves, and road tripped to the Grand Canyon. I also was promoted to Educational Coordinator where I hopefully inspire, mentor and teach others. Life is good!
I will still blog at times, so keep following and reading. Thank you again for being part of my life journey.

Author Susan Marie Schulhof

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The beauty of a simple joy

   As I look upon this year of blogging, I have learned so much about myself and about life. The beauty of life, I have found, is not in the beauty that we can see, but in the beauty that we can feel. The beauty of a simple joy that comes from truly living life. Thank you to everyone that has read my blog this past year.

Author Susan Marie Schulhof