Hello Again

First I should apologize since I haven’t posted anything here for a long time. My original intention was to use this space to publish follow up stories to my book, “101 Ways I Have Tried To Make Money or Things I Learned After It Was Too Late.”

I originally wrote the book to amuse myself by recalling work related instances that brought a smile to my heart. The book follows the ups and downs of my failures and successes to ultimately achieve financial freedom. I was encouraged to publish the book by my writing class because they enjoyed reading the book and because they thought it might inspire other people to spread their wings and try

The problem I immediately encountered is that when I started on the follow up stories I found myself recalling thing that did not make me smile so I didn’t want to write them much less pass them on to you.

Also, since I retired I have spent most of my time quilting and recently turned to fiber art and an old love for painting. Once upon a time three galleries carried my paintings and I did about five art shows a year.

For these reasons I plan to repurpose this site to include quilting, fiber art and painting.  My book is still  on-line and available where ever books are sold and I’m still writing so I’ll throw in some of that too.  In fact I’ll start by posting chapters from my book so you’ll get a flavor of it plus some of my recent art.

My latest fiber art piece, pictured below, was included in the Brave Girl Club” daily newsletter for the Forth of July and is currently on display at Ginger Cove in Annapolis, Maryland.

I hope you will come and enjoy visiting with me.



imageThe Annapolis Quilt Guild’s annual show is this Saturday and Sunday, June  11th  and 12th at the Annapolis High School on Riva Road.  I will be signing books and selling book bags in the Boutique both days.  Please come see me and enjoy the show including my Acrobatic Armadillo that won third place in the guild’s 2016 alphabet  challenge


Ebook of 101 Ways Is Now Available

The news for today is that the ebook version of my book, 101 Ways I Have Tried To Make Money was released this week. The good news is that you may be able to get the Kendal version for free through the Amazon giveaway program through this link: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/84a4c018189a7534

If you are not one of the lucky ones you can still get either a paperback copy or ebook as my book is now for sale at all storefronts:






Happy reading!

Diana Dunaway


Well the good news is that the paperback version of my book, 101 Ways I Have Tried To Make Money Or Things I Learned After It Was Too Late, is now out and available on BookLocker, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and through your local book store. The ebook version is in quality check and hopefully will be out soon. I’ve attached a picture of the poster I used at my first book signing that is a collage of pictures related to the stories in the book – more about pictures later



I am so excited!


I received the galley proof for my book today. I love the cover and I think it’s good to go.  The ebook should go out this week or next and in a couple of weeks the paperback will be available or at least I sure hope so. My first book signing  is scheduled for April 9th at the Kent Island Federation of Art from 2 to 3 pm. It would be nice to actually have books to sign. KIFA is hosting a quilt show in April and the 9th is the date for the reception.  I have a couple of quilts in the show also so please come see me and the quilts then. For more information check their web site at http://www.kifa.us/note



Second Post, 03/18/2016

Wow! What a rush! In my first post I promised to tell you more about my book, 101 Ways I Have Tried to Make Money, and share with you the process of getting the book published and promoted. I failed to do the weekly posts I planned because everything is moving much faster than I expected. On the one hand, that’s a good thing – it means my book will soon be in print and available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, BookLocker and through your local bookstore. On the other hand, I’ve been running as fast as I can to keep up, not only with the process but to master the learning curve as I embark on this exciting new adventure. That said, in a series of posts I will summarize the last month’s activities and set aside a regular time to write so the posts don’t get lost in the shuffle.

But first let me tell you how my book came to be. In the 80s I was a high-roller living in Austin Texas. (Yes, Austin is as wonderful as you’ve been told. I considered it to be Camelot so the story of my book begins with my expulsion from paradise.) As a Real Estate Broker/Developer I made my self very rich. I thought I was set for life, that is, until 1985 when the crash came. The real estate market in Texas collapsed and property lost 45% to 60% of its value. It took me three years to loose everything I’d worked for and transform from a wealthy socialite to a bag lady with a mink coat; then another three years to get back on a career ladder as a computer programmer. (You can read more about this in my book.)

This brings the story to 1990 when I moved from Austin to Washington, D.C. to begin a new chapter of my like as a computer programmer trainee for the federal government. As a 40- something-year-old I found myself riding a bus to work with all the 20-something-year-olds starting their first career. As I wondered how I ended up here I decided to make a list of all the ways I had tried to make money. That list made me laugh and became the index to 101 Ways I Tried To Make Money or Things I Learned After It Was Too Late.

My First Post

As you might have guesses this is my first attempt to set up my web page.  I just got a contract to publish my first book.  I plan to write about the book, journey the get it published and promoted and provide a way for my readers to contact me.

But first I need to learn how to set up and manage this web site.  I hope you’ll stay with me on the journey. I promise it will be fun because I don’t do things that aren’t fun (except some things I have to do like taxes, pay bills and go to the dentist)

So please check back to follow my progress