Thursday Thoughts -Teeth and Trains

Thursday Thoughts are back! On Thursdays I normally share random thoughts I plan to use as writing inspiration or prompts. Over the holidays, however, I took off for two weeks and spent that time focused on my family. The kids start school again tomorrow which means I guess it’s back to work for me, too. AndContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts -Teeth and Trains”

2015 Reading Challenge Recap

In 2015 I posted a reading challenge. Forgot about it, did you? For those of you who didn’t, I know you’re dying to hear how it went. Well . . . I got almost half of them ticked off. Here are the details: A book with more than 500 pages — Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon SandersonContinue reading “2015 Reading Challenge Recap”

Thursday Thoughts – Crispy Bits and the Color Blue

It’s time for THURSDAY THOUGHTS, where I share with you random thoughts I plan to use as writing inspiration or prompts. I’m loving these posts and the stories that are coming out of them! What typically happens is I write the post on Thursday and allow the thoughts to roll around in my head for aContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts – Crispy Bits and the Color Blue”

Thursday Thoughts – Fiery Hair and Snake Skin

Last week I began a new weekly post on the blog called THURSDAY THOUGHTS, where I share with you random thoughts I plan to use as writing inspiration or prompts. So far, it’s a success. Okay, so only one week has passed, but I did take last week’s thoughts and plugged them into two short stories,Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts – Fiery Hair and Snake Skin”

Butt to Chair

My writing group promotes the butt-to-chair philosophy, which is basically this — sit your butt in a chair and write. A simple thing really, yet it’s difficult to pull off if you’re stuck in the swamps of life, or if you prefer a happier image, the amusement park of life, where we rush from one activityContinue reading “Butt to Chair”

Thursday Thoughts – Wicker, Zombie Babies and a Scary Fish

Thursday Thoughts – Every Thursday I’m going to post a few short paragraphs, or photos, about random ideas to share with you some of the things that inspire me. It has the added benefit of keeping me focused, because let’s face it sometimes writers are interested in everything but writing (see how I didn’t mention the ‘p’Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts – Wicker, Zombie Babies and a Scary Fish”

Why Aren’t There More Pictures?

Earlier this week I wrote a blog post about the smell of books. Normally I try to use my own photos on my posts, mostly because it takes forever to find royalty-free photos. For that post, I knew I wanted something book-related, so I pulled out a few of my older books, and in oneContinue reading “Why Aren’t There More Pictures?”

Catching up on Fall Reading

The kids are home this week for fall break and rather than set myself up for massive frustration, I’ve decided not to work on the novel while they are home. Instead, I’m going to relax and catch up on my reading! What better way to enjoy the new darker hours (Sweden switched to Daylight SavingsContinue reading “Catching up on Fall Reading”

Weekend Writing

I spent yesterday at a Short Story Masterclass workshop led by fellow Stockholm Writer’s Group member, Cassie Gonzalez (great name!). It was fun. We read some stories, talked a little about the craft, and spent some time practicing the techniques we had discussed. At the end, we took everything we learned and cranked out aContinue reading “Weekend Writing”

Using Objects in Writing

Last week, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program launched their MOOC How Writers Write Fiction (if you’re interested in signing up, just click on the link). I took this course last year and thought it was fantastic, so I’ve signed up for it again. Unfortunately, the class isn’t even a week old and I’m already behind.Continue reading “Using Objects in Writing”