Life's a collision course and I'm a crash test dummy.
Brace for impact!
Join me on a kamikaze run through life as we break down the barriers that keep us from reaching our goals.
Together we will dream more, learn more, do more, and become more on a whirlwind journey of personal discovery and development.


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About The Realm

"Just what is it you blog about?"


Ah, if I had a penny for every time I've been asked that question.

The simple answer is, "Whatever I want to". The Realm is my heart and soul. It's a digital reflection of who I am and what makes me tick (or ticks me off). It's a wild ride to destinations unknown --radio up, top down, hair everywhere-- as I navigate my way through life's journey as a writer, mom, teacher, student, and so on.

As the years pass my life changes, my writing changes, and my ideas shift to reflect those changes. My "Realm" is no different. It grows and changes as I do. This year it's all about reflecting on my life as I attempt to reign in my reality just enough to breathe new life into my dreams. Join me as I spend 2015 sorting through mi vida loca, finding the light in the darkness, and fearlessly confronting all those voices in my head.

I'm a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a college student, a homeschool teacher, a work-from-home entrepreneur, a freelance writer, a novelist, a hitwoman (it's not what you think!), and a crazy dog lady (ie- rescuer). In case you don't get it yet, it's a wonderful (nutty) life.

  What do I blog about?

Reflections on life, writing, and everything in between.

Dear Bloody Diary...

Dear Bloody Diary is a daily dose of D.M. madness. I enjoy keeping a journal, but this year I want to practice finding my voice. What better way to do that than by connecting with all of you? So, I'll "dear diary" my way through the year at my Realm. I can bleed on the page with witnesses, right?

I mean, it's not like I have any secrets.

Or... do I?

*Insert maniacal laughter here*


What can you expect from my daily posts? 


A better question might be what not to expect. I refuse to pretend I'm not random, quirky, and possibly suffering from multiple personality disorder. It wouldn't be right to present myself to you as anything but the free-spirited, gypsy-souled, genre-hopping multi-tasker that I am.

If life insists I wear so many hats, then I'm going to show them off!

D.M. Kilgore



Here's just a small sampling of some of the things you can find here at The Realm:
D.M. Kilgore

   Musings & More

You never know what you'll get out of me on a Monday!

I have a crazy life and I'm an expert at surfing the waves of chaos. Each Monday I encounter greets me with a solid slap back into reality. This is my life? Okay, let's roll with it. From fighting the muse to wrangling three-legged bears... you'll find it on Musing Mondays.
D.M. Kilgore

Writing Tips & Secrets
Best Books & Blogs On Writing

I'm going to share with you my favorite, hints, tips, secrets, books, bloggers, and so much more on Tuesdays! There's a great big world of information out there, and I hope to make it easier for you to find exactly what you need! If I find a great blog post or book geared to making a writer's life more fun, productive, or organized you'll find it on Tipsy Tuesday!

D.M. Kilgore

Art & Photography
Caption This Contests

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words... or a really funny caption! I'm passionate about photography and I love playing with my camera. I also enjoy discovering new artists and photographers.

Got mad art skills? Blazing a trail with your camera?
Submission information is below.

Caption This Contests will appear with guest-artists permission, otherwise all caption contests will feature my own work, or will feature royalty free work.

Prizes will be from The Realm unless otherwise stated.
Photo Credit:  D.M. Kilgore

D.M. Kilgore

Chills & Thrills
Things That Go Bump In The Night

I'm all about the thrills and chills. Are you? I love horror movies, Stephen King novels, Lisa Jackson thrillers, and spooky t.v. shows like American Horror Story and Supernatural.

Join me if you enjoy taking an occasional walk on the dark side. There will be thrilling short stories and series pieces, as well as sneak peeks, and other things that go bump in the night.

Thrills, chills, and random short bursts of all the creepy goodness thrill seekers are looking for.  

I am always seeking submissions from other writers with a flair for the dark side. Short stories are welcome, as are book blurbs for your upcoming or published thrillers & chillers.  See submission details below.



D.M. Kilgore

Embrace The Madness
Anything Goes
A Fun Free For All

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
Read more at Goes - Fun Free-For-All

Fun Friday is a big deal in our house, so I'll always have something to share with you. Maybe a favorite recipe? A themed movie night with the kids? Perhaps a fantasy date night? Maybe a little story for you to read? A fun contest? A freebie? A giveaway?

No one knows! But it will be FUN guaranteed!

You will just have to tune in to see what's cooking at The Realm each Funtastic Friday!

Submission Guidelines:

NO erotica or heavily mature content. I keep it around PG-13

Submissions must follow these guidelines-


Short stories, blog posts, serial pieces:
  • MS Word
  • 12 pt Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • One inch margins


I'll accept poetry that is formatted differently for artistic purposes as long as it can be easily copy/pasted into blogger from your original document without losing any special font or styling.

NOTE:  For all submissions-  Include an author photo and biography, your website and page links, and any other information you'd like to appear in the BIO section beneath your work.


For Photos/Art to appear with submitted documents:

Attach any images (along with proper credit/links if they aren't yours) in Jpeg format.
Try to keep images 3x5 or 4x6

For Photos/Art submitted for Wordless Wednesdays:

Jpeg Format
300 dpi
Photos should be no smaller than 3x5 and no larger than 8x10
Include your name, website, links, and a brief biography, along with your headshot (if you like)
Be sure your logo, copyright, or name appears on your photo/artwork
If you wish to participate in the "caption this", please include permission for your work to appear as a "caption this contest" photo.

  1. Subject line should be the Day/Theme for your entry (Tipsy Tuesday, etc)
  2.  If you are submitting multiple entries for the same theme you may put them in one email.  Be sure any photos that go with your work are listed with the title of the proper post if you are sending multiple entries/pictures.
  3. If you are submitting multiple entries for different themes, send each in a separate email.
  4. In the body of your email include: your author name as you'd like it to appear, the title of your post, and any notes or relevant information you'd like to share.
  5. Send photos and original documents as an attachment.
  6.  Don't forget your head shot, brief bio, and links!


Send all submissions and inquiries to:




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