I know, I know, I've been MIA since *checks calendar* February?! Yikes. Well, time to put an end to the radio—er, blog silence! Remember my January blog post about writing goals for 2019? So far, my writing this year hasn't gone exactly as I expected—which I expected, because when does life ever go exactly the … Continue reading Geeky Books and Getting Published!
Welcome, dear readers! The ability to write isn't just for telling stories; it's also for treasuring your unique story. After losing my beloved dog in mid-2017, I couldn't seem to find my equilibrium in life. While navigating my grief, I desperately needed ways to ground myself instead of drifting in a sorrowful haze. During this … Continue reading Keeping a Sentence-a-Day Journal
Welcome, dear readers! Here's the scoop on these Book Discovery posts: they are not book reviews. Instead, the "Book Discovery" articles are meant to make us better writers by learning from the pros of published books, particularly new-and-cool books you may never have heard of. I won't be discussing any "cons" that the novels may … Continue reading Book Discovery: Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
In the spirit of the new year, I'd like to share some of what you can expect from me and my writing in 2019! Now, I'm known for setting tons of goals and making long to-do lists that cannot possibly be accomplished in the allotted time. What can I say? I'm ambitious! And because I … Continue reading Writing Plans: What’s Up for 2019?
Those of you who've followed me for a while know that I've been a Contributing Writer for Area of Effect magazine since May 2017 (if you missed it, here's my old blog post announcement). When I first began writing for AoE, it took me a while to find my feet and get comfortable with the … Continue reading Magazines and Moving On
So, I'm about a month late giving this report, but it was actually part of a clever plan to increase your suspense! 😉 (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.) As I predicted in my NaNo mid-month report, I did not win NaNoWriMo this year. While that's a bit disappointing, I can't be too … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Final Report
Okay, so it's a little past the midpoint for NaNoWriMo (actual midpoint was November 15th). But, here's an (almost) mid-month report on my NaNoWriMo adventure! The Summary I'm not going to win. I started out strong the first few days, but then in the second week, I got two new jobs! One almost-full-time job and … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Mid-Month Report
Hello friends! I am so excited to announce that, after YEARS of wanting to try NaNoWriMo, I am FINALLY doing it this year!!! For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It's a challenge to write 50,000 words of a single writing project in one month, from November 1 through November … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Announcement
Hello dear readers, and welcome to a new type of post I'm adding to the blog! Keep a lookout for more "Crafting an Escape" posts in the future. Writing is a wonderful, exhilarating pursuit—but it's also tiring! It's important to take breaks, even from work you love (see my "When the Writer Needs to Stop … Continue reading Crafting an Escape: DIY Wire Masquerade Mask
Happy Friday, everyone! Have you ever noticed that compound words sound cooler than ordinary words? Like...Darkshore. Silverglass. Nightstorm. Don't they just make you want to know more? Authors, particularly in the speculative fiction genres, often make up compound words like these to add an element of intrigue to their works. Here are some of my … Continue reading Cool Compound Words: Engaging Readers With the Details