Alic​e M. Batzel 

Published Author, Playwright,

Journalist, Poet, Freelance Writer 


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BLOG POST - APRIL 17, 2021


"Back injury recovery, and moving forward with writing."

          What a difference time, rest, medication, and cautious physical therapy can make! There currently is hope on the horizon, and daily victories are being achieved!

          I'll admit, my recent back strain was the worst back-related setback I have ever experienced. My expectation for recovery was negatively impacted as well. Activities of daily living had already been affected by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic's home isolation that my husband and I had observed for the past year. At least I had been able to freely move about in our home, both upstairs and in the basement. However, with the onset of my back injury, I became confined to my bedroom and specifically to my bed. This additional limitation of confinement was quite a challenge for me.

          The good news is that after many days I could see gradual improvement, and I was able to steadily regain mobility, ambulation, and resume activity throughout the home. With that victory came the opportunity for me to return to my home office and continue my writing. However, I had to gradually build up my time of sitting at the computer. At this point, I feel in good health; I have good mobility, though I do have to continue with gentle yoga and guard my movements so that I won't reinjure my back. I'd say that shouting "VICTORY" is justified!

          More good news is that I've been able to submit some of my poetry to a couple of anthologies for publication consideration. TODAY, I received notification that one has been accepted for publication! What good news! I'm currently writing two short stories to submit for publication consideration in a humor anthology. I'm polishing a new piece of poetry for a writing contest. I'm also working on a small collection of Christmas short stories that I hope to get published later this year.

          It feels good to be writing again. My back injury taught me, again, that setbacks come throughout our life. Some can literally lay us down. During those times, we have the opportunity to meditate, read/study, rest, and heal. I feel thankful for the healing and improvement. I just wish the misery didn't have to come first. That's life. I'm glad to be living life, but I'm still learning how to navigate among the alligators along the way. And yes, the experience has given me some new writing material. After all, I am living a writer's life.

Author Alice M. Batzel

BLOG POST - MARCH 26, 2021 


"Back injury, and how it's impacting my writing."

          I have to admit, a back injury can lay a person right down. Now, I can say it from experience. My writing efforts have been sharply curtailed because sitting in front of the computer was abruptly halted for nearly three weeks. Moving an exercise bike from one end of the house to the opposite was not a smart thing for me to do; but I did it. My back "reminds" me of that poor decision, and its cautionary whispering guards my every movement. Computer time is minimally returning with a trickle of tolerance to sitting for a limited period of time. Nevertheless, during this "down" time I have been able to refine some poetry for submission to two anthologies, and I hope to receive a favorable response. My mind is churning with ideas and desire to get back to my story writing, but my back is not cooperating quite enough to spend the necessary time at the computer. Life has called, and my gradually building mobility is reserved for accomplishing daily living activities. Writing will take a backseat for a while. It's been frustrating for sure, and using a laptop computer while reclining on a heating pad is not for me. This is a good time for reading, study, and meditation. Time is never lost when we can change gears. Though I do hear my desk calling...

Author Alice M. Batzel



          It happens every year.  I can count on it.  My writer's brain experiences WINTER BRAIN FREEZE.    I'm looking forward to spring thaw!  Until then, I find myself reminiscing of warmer times and places of my youth.  Read about it here:




          I'm encouraged by the goals that some of my writing colleagues expressed at our monthly Brigham City Writers (League of Utah Writers Chapter) meeting tonight. It looks like there's going to be some serious writing, editing, illustrating, and publishing going on in our small group while the pandemic continues to hold us hostage in 2021. Here are just a few goals that were shared by our members tonight:

1) Write a collection of short stories and self-publish it.

2) Complete a collection of Christmas short stories (fiction and nonfiction) and pursue publication.

3) Self-publish another humor anthology.

4) Continue working on the memoir and tall tales of personal/family travel adventures.

5) Facilitate the self-publishing for another author's writing.

6) Contribute to an anthology to be published this year.

7) Team edit, format, and self-publish an anthology for our group.

8) Complete illustrations for a children's book, and self-publish it.

9) Learn a new illustration program on a newly acquired computer.

10) Complete the development of an innovative website that will serve to review books, promote/market books and authors, etc.

          A lot of hard work is surely underway. Helpful insight and recommendations were given to one another in our open-forum discussion. I'm happy to be part of such a diverse group of creative individuals. Here's wishing for every one of these GOALS to be achieved in 2021!

Author Alice M. Batzel



SUPPORTING HUMOR AUTHORS...As They End 2020 With Laughter.

Featuring the Utah Humor Anthology, Vol. 2

UTAH'S SPECIAL BLEND...Local Humorists Spill The Beans!

I am one of 12 authors whose humor writing is featured in this publication. 

My two articles are:

(1) The Birds And The Bees

(2) Water Amusement Parks...The Truth Of It.

Three free copies of this book are being given away as a literacy promotional AND as a goodwill effort for Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic relief.

Visit the event page and join the free contest!

BLOG POST - JUNE 3, 2020

From My Writer's Desk:   "THE VAULT - MY IDEA FILE"

         For many years, I was unable to do the writing that I wanted to do. My artistic expression was suppressed by many things. Employment demands, raising a family, attending college, and living life received primary attention. It was survival mode. Also, supporting my husband's time-consuming work and his many artistic pursuits was a considerable time commitment and a commitment of the heart. I sometimes felt like I disappeared, that I became invisible. All the while, I was invested in keeping our family nurtured and directed, and for my husband's professional/artistic dreams to be achieved. In my exhaustion, I wondered if there would ever come a time when I would be able to do the writing that I longed to do.  

          During that time, I developed an IDEA FILE, which became a repository for my artistic hope. This file contained story outlines, character profiles, brief notations of character dialogue, observations of life, poems, essays, newspaper articles inspiring a story idea, drafts for magazine articles, unfinished stage scripts, and novel manuscripts, etc. Sadly, only snippets were what I had time to write. But at least I was writing…a little. It made me feel like my desire for writing was not doomed to forever be unfulfilled; it was kept alive in my idea file.

          In time, when life's demands permitted a slice of time "for me," I would retrieve one of the items from my idea file and further develop it. If I didn't finish it, it would wait again in my writing vault until another day. Occasionally during those years, I was able to complete a few pieces and get them published. How encouraging! What a good feeling! As a writer, those publications proved to me that my life was not void of opportunity for my own artistic expression. Even if those earlier writing opportunities were just moments, those moments were savored, stored, developed, and then shared with readers.

          Today, at age 67, my idea file continues to grow, though I now dip into it with more frequency. I've enjoyed my limited growing publication thus far, and I continue to learn more about the craft of writing. I learned much about life during the many years when my writing desire was suppressed. Those life lessons are often what fuels my writing today. I'm grateful that my idea file kept the hope alive that one day I would be able to write the stories that I longed to tell and write the poems that often reflect the footsteps of my life's path.

          Sometimes I'm asked if I have any advice for someone who would like to be a writer. My answer is always the same: Learn about the craft of writing. Study the work of the authors that you most enjoy reading. Be honest in what you write. Do your best work whenever you have the opportunity to write. Be thankful for your desire to write, your writing talent, your appreciation for words, language, expression, and your voice as a writer. Always, always, always, keep an idea file, and feed it regularly.

Author Alice M. Batzel

 BLOG POST – May 20, 2020


          Last week I completed the process of submitting a few entries in the League Of Utah Writer's 2020 Writing Contest. Wahoo! It felt good to finish all the editing, proof-reading, and push that "submit button" for each entry. With each year's contest, cash prizes for winning are always welcomed and eagerly anticipated. But one of the best features of the LUW's annual writing contest is that all entries receive feedback from a judge. That feedback consists of (1) a numerical scoring ballot on various technical aspects of writing composition, and (2) written comments stating what works well in your entry and what needs improvement. That dialogue can be of great value as the author reworks, revises, and polishes their piece before entering it in another writing contest or pursuing publication.

          In the past, I've reworked some pieces several times from the judge's guidance, and it resulted in a better-written article, poem, story, or essay. There's always the chance that the writer may strongly disagree with the judge's perspective/opinion, and the writer's disagreement could be valid. Judging writing can be complex and complicated. Still, writers hope that a judge of poetry is well-versed in poetry and poetic composition. Similarly, writers hope that the judge of a romance novel is not a science fiction author, and vice versa. That's pretty basic, but I say it because sometimes weird things happen, and it can affect the outcome of a writing contest.

          When you get your scoring ballot and the judge's comments, the writer also needs to remember that it's just one person's opinion. Yes, winning or losing a contest can be based on one person's scoring, one person's opinion. That's why it's essential to put your best effort into your work before you submit it. Putting the winner's pride and cash prizes aside, a writer must always own their work and maintain the vision of what they want their work to be.

          So here's a shout-out to all my writing colleagues, first-time writers, friends, writing enthusiasts, GOOD LUCK with whatever writing contests you may enter! May your writing experience a favorable reception worthy of your hard work! Keep writing, keep reading, and I'll see you around the bookshelf!

Author Alice M. Batzel



        After a long, very long, cold winter, my brain cells are beginning to thaw and I'm delighted with the sensation. Long-awaited, and at long last, it has arrived. Plasma and blood flow are once again circulating in my head; I do love a good Spring thaw! Plotting, drafting, writing, and revisions are underway in my home office. I'm grateful that two anthologies that I've hoped to publish with during this year have recently extended their submission deadlines a little bit. With all the muck we citizens are dealing with concerning COVID-19 the gracious extension of the deadlines was a welcomed gift. I'm currently in the final revision stage for each of my entries and plan to hit the "Send" button this week. Stay safe and stay well as we all continue to carefully navigate through the remainder of our nation's journey with the Coronavirus.

Author Alice M. Batzel


I was honored to be invited to be a featured writer on the LDSPMA BLOG.  My article, "From The Writer's Toolbox: Thematic Purpose," was published on January 27, 2020, and can be read at this link:



I hope you'll enjoy reading the short story that I've written for Christmas 2019.


My GIVEAWAY for FALL/WINTER 2019, "CELEBRATING STORY AND VOICE," is officially launching on Oct. 15! 

Check it out and participate to win FREE PRIZES: books, audio books, writing tools for young writers, and a Barnes and Noble gift card! You can participate in two ways: (1) on my Facebook author page at where you will enter your answers to the questions posted on random days during the contest period, or (2) you can participate through the GIVEAWAY PAGE on my website at where your answers would be entered through the CONTACT PAGE of my website.  

Join the fun as we promote literacy by "CELEBRATING STORY AND VOICE!"


A list of all the winners and their prize selection(s) has been posted to the event page.


I'll be speaking at this free literary event at the Brigham City Library in Brigham City, Utah, on October 15, 2019. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you that evening!

Come and meet the 11 authors of SPIRALS, an anthology of prose and poetry from Utah's northern edge!

Hear about the inspiration behind each of their pieces in this publication.

Books will be sold and book-signing will be conducted at the end of the presentation.