Buying gifts for the writer in your life can be challenging. There might not be enough room for more office supplies. (Note I did not say that they have ENOUGH office supplies because that's hurtful, just that they are running out of room to store them.) Books, which are always a wonderful gift, are difficult because you can't remember what they have already read and what is part of the to be read pile next to their bed, couch, in their car, and hidden in various secret spots. Instead give...


What does your favorite author need? How can you help them start 2019 out with their dreams turning into goals? Interacting with authors can be challenging. We often have conversations in our heads. Frequently we map out the mating habits of mythical creatures. And we have been known to gush with purple prose and fall into ennui. I want to help. Let me support, encourage, and plot with your favorite author. I love working with authors and to make your holiday shopping easier, I have all my...

The End!

I wrote THE END on book 6 of my Children of Fire series. I am excited, proud, and sad all at the same time. I still have a lot to do- revisions, edits, more edits, formatting, cover, and I have to pick a title!!! I expect I will get all emotional over ending this series once I hit publish. It has been an amazing journey and I want to thank everyone who has been on it with me. Now if I could only get the rest of my life sorted out so neatly LOL My son is off serving in the Air Force. My...

The Emotional Part of Getting Healthy

So now that I can breathe and sleep, I am working towards regaining my health, strength, flexibility, and body back to where I want to be. Walking and gentle yoga is how I am starting out exercise wise, because I love them both. I am also reducing my intake of grains, because I feel SO much better when I don’t eat grains. So, with all this I should be filled with Care Bear Happiness, but I’m not. This is the difficult part. The part where I get headaches because my back and neck are opening...

The Duality Between Taking Care of Your Body and a Depression Spiral

Lately I have been eating in a way that makes me feel good. Doing yoga, which I love, and getting good quality sleep. So when I started to fall into a depression spiral I was very confused. My body didn’t feel depressed. I wasn’t tired, lethargic, or physically apathetic. Emotionally and mentally I wanted to stay in bed all day. Tell people to fuck off. Eat my weight in fried foods. But physically I wasn’t falling into that depressive space. It is so weird and disconcerting. Like when you are...


Happy release day to my fifth novel, Kin to the Asuras. I am so excited! Sometimes it boggles my mind to think that I have written five novels in my Children of Fire Series. I mean, wow, it’s crazy! Don’t forget to get your copy! (Just click on the BUY NOW button below the book cover.) And leave me a review so as many people as possible can find my new book baby!

Reclaiming My Life

After three days of using my CPAP machine and being able to breathe and sleep at the same time, I decided it was time to start bringing back the things I missed doing. Understanding my body, I did this in slow careful steps to allow for proper healing.   via GIPHY Okay, okay you caught me. After three days I woke up an hour earlier than normal, did 30 minutes of yoga, went for a 40 min walk, worked a full day, then came home and forced myself to get writing and other work done at home....

Are You Sick and Tired, or Tired Because You’re Sick?

I am finally back after feeling like crap and having zero energy. I blamed myself, and my self-talk was debilitating. I am lazy. I am fat. I am useless. I am a failure. No one else is this pathetic. I am so weak. I have no self-discipline. I will never be a good __________ ( mother, partner, friend, author) Then I almost feel asleep while driving, so I went to my doctor (shocking they can help). After blood work, tests, and a sleep study, not only was my thyroid medication not helping but I...

What is Your Time Worth?

It can be difficult and even feel decadent or selfish to guard your time. But it is essential, when time is so limited and we have dreams that we are working towards. We cannot do everything, and at some point we must weigh the things that need to get done with our skills, and what is the best use of our time. The first service I wrestled with paying for was formatting.  I had read several blog posts saying how easy it is to format your book. How the instructions were easy to follow and...

Mass Causalities: Lizards

My cats are a year old and vicious hunters. They have brought home insects, birds, garden snakes, and lizards. Lots and lots of lizards. Small baby lizards, long brightly colored lizards, and fat horned lizards. Some are still alive and tormented as my cats play with them. The kids and I do our best to rescue them as quickly as possible. We go through lots of protective gloves in my house so we can safely transport living lizards outside. We also use them to scoop up dead mangled lizard...



Alica McKenna Johnson writes about snarky girls, kind boys, and the adults trying to keep them alive. After day dreaming for the first thirty years of life, Alica finally began writing her stories down, much to the delight of her readers. As Alica sits in her armchair at home dreaming of traveling the world, her diverse characters explore for her listening to music, seeing the sights, and eating exotic foods.

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