A Short Look at Agendas

The past few months have been interesting. I’ve stuck to my plan, for the most part. But the plan changed. I knew it would. The plan always changes. It grows bigger. Curves down unexpected paths, and the chance to find honeysuckles or weeds is probably equal. If I’m lucky the path leads to an excitingContinue reading “A Short Look at Agendas”

My Three Favorite Books on Writing

Ask any writer and they’ll tell you they have a favorite writing book. Most have more than one. By writing book, I mean anything you use as a resource to enhance, support, encourage, explain, or provide education about the craft of writing. Some are books that teach you how to harness your creativity, others talkContinue reading “My Three Favorite Books on Writing”

The Imp’s Idea

18th Day of Harvest Season The imp has made a mess of things. It began innocently enough. The smaller children have a difficult time bringing in the harvest. The root vegetables pose little difficulty, and that is where the youngest worked for days. If any turnips and carrots remained, they would still be there, butContinue reading “The Imp’s Idea”

The Priest’s Death

15th Day of Harvest Season Only a fool wishes to hold life and death in his hands. I have learned long ago both are too heavy for human hands. Heart heavy with the burden of what’s been lost, and what remains to be done, I report that Brother Trinn passed through the Seven Arches notContinue reading “The Priest’s Death”

Gone

13th Day of Harvest Season Niles is missing. Ellison and Barly rose before the others. They saw his untouched bed and after further inspection, noticed his bag was missing. They assured me he’s disappeared before and he’s always returned. Where the boy goes is a mystery. When he returns, he never speaks about his timeContinue reading “Gone”

Beta-Reading Worksheet

If you’ve already self-published (or plan to self-publish) a novel, you’ve probably heard of a thing called beta readers. Beta readers are those wonderful readers who get a chance to read your novel before it goes to the masses and tell you what they think about it. Yay! Since the dawn of self-publishing, different folksContinue reading “Beta-Reading Worksheet”

The Tinker

12th Day of Harvest Season “He threatened us.” Niles grabbed another piece of wood and bent it, testing its strength. The youth has been busy. At least three other bows, in various states of design hang from pegs on one wall in the old barn. He has pushed a wooden table into the corner andContinue reading “The Tinker”

An Unexpected Discovery

11th Day of Harvest Season I had meant to begin today’s entry recounting the changes at the farm, unfortunately events unfolded that now push my thoughts into darker territory. Brother Milton and I took every precaution when we left the temple. We waited until the bells stopped ringing, leaving during the darkest period of night.Continue reading “An Unexpected Discovery”

Committing to NaNoWriMo

Last week I signed up for National Novel Writing Month. Yay!! My first year! So exciting! I had it all planned out, too. The final week of October, I’d finish up an editing contract. During the evenings, I’d work out the major plot points for the novel I planned to write. My blog post and University of Iowa’sContinue reading “Committing to NaNoWriMo”

A Dwarven Oath

9th Day of Harvest Season “How long will you allow that charlatan to run the temple? To lay hands on people in the name of the Seven Holies?” “Master Gryst, it’s complicated.” “Complicated? How complicated can it be? She’s starving everyone. Last I checked, that was murder.” “And we are so pious in Sarond, isContinue reading “A Dwarven Oath”