Retreat

I’ve managed to stay out of the political chaos that surrounds my home country so far and I’m hoping to avoid the aftermath as well. Honestly, no matter which side of the political fence you stand on, all the emotional sensationalism that’s out there creates a reaction and it’s that reaction I can do without.Continue reading “Retreat”

My Author Mission Statement

I was in a mom situation about a week or two ago and ended up defending my children during a play date. Later, I had conflicting emotions about the episode. Sadness. Anger. Frustration. Guilt. Eventually, my husband came to me and said I should never feel guilty for being the champion our children need atContinue reading “My Author Mission Statement”

Setting Up Writing Tasks With Habitica

Have you heard of this app? Habitica? I’m in love with it. So here’s the deal. You create a little guy or gal and then go ahead and set up tasks, to-do lists, or even habits. They could be writing related goals, like ‘Write one chapter’ or ‘Write 1000 words daily’, or something a littleContinue reading “Setting Up Writing Tasks With Habitica”

Analyzing a Story

I’ve been listening to The Story Grid with Tim Grahl and Shawn Coyne. It’s a writing podcast which pairs up the flailing new writer with an experienced editor and they talk about all things story related. Shawn relies heavily on Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and Robert McKee’s Story, so if you’ve studied eitherContinue reading “Analyzing a Story”

What do you like in a story?

What do you like in a story? Have you ever thought about it? And by that, I mean more than for a few seconds. Have you ever sat down and made a list of the things you enjoy about the stories you read? I read Chris Baty’s book, No Plot, No Problem last week. ForContinue reading “What do you like in a story?”

Setting up an email list

I’ve finally broken down and listened to the advice many successful authors have passed on for years. No, it’s not, ‘Write every day.’ I’ve given up ever pulling that off while I have small children and live in the frozen north (for the record, I do try to follow that advice, but my version goes something more like, ‘PrayContinue reading “Setting up an email list”

Writing Projects Update

Today’s post is a short one. I really just wanted to take the time to recap where I am on my writing projects. Flameborne — The sequel to Ashborne. I gotta tell you, I’m loving this book. New plot twists. New challenges. Poor Joelle. The revision process is about halfway completed. It’s taken longer thanContinue reading “Writing Projects Update”

2015 – Did it!

I keep a ‘Did it!’ list to remind me of my accomplishments throughout the year, because I tend to forget them. Despite all of my good intentions, I’m an emotional creature and the events that happen throughout the year that pull on my emotions stick with me way longer than anything else. 2015 was a tough yearContinue reading “2015 – Did it!”

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”

Honorable Mention

My short story, “Body Talk,” has received honorable mention in a contest. You can check out the Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest – Summer 2015 winners here. My name is under those talented folks who won, along with nine other honorable mentions. Go us! It couldn’t have come at a better time, either. I’veContinue reading “Honorable Mention”