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Expanding the Work

Being a writer and becoming a published author involve so much more than the writing of the stories.  It involves editing, revising, working on different aspects of craft, etc.  When I met my peer critique group (and overcame my fear to get myself in the door- see First Steps for more on that process) I knew I'd... Continue Reading →

Putting in the Time

I got together with my peer critique partner this weekend and we switched manuscripts. It was AWESOME to hear her feedback and questions, to think about the way she viewed some of the characters and action, and really, REALLY eye-opening to hear her thoughts about the story in its entirety. She's the first person to... Continue Reading →

Welcoming March

March always feels like one of the longest month's of the year for me.  This was especially true when I was teaching.  The beginning of March would see us all returning to school after a week long break and the kids (well, yes as a matter of fact, the teachers too) were already chomping at... Continue Reading →

Goals for Quarter 4

It's March at the end of this week.  Oh.  My.  Stars. How the first two months of 2019 have disappeared so fast, I just don't know.  But it has, and I'm rolling along with it.  Or being rolled over by it.  Really depends on the day.  🙂  The beginning of March marks the start of... Continue Reading →

It’s Just a Phase

This is one of those things I started saying A LOT when I became a parent.  Right now, we're dealing with some sleep regression issues with our toddler.  And this is the phrase I've said to myself every night for the past week.  At 1:00 AM.  When she's not sleeping.   And neither am I.  :/... Continue Reading →

Working with the Time Available

Time this week has not been my friend. Getting back into tutoring shifts, preparing for some travel, starting dance competition season, etc have absolutely taken over and working toward my goals has taken a serious back seat. This is a huge issue and the most important thing I can do to work through it, is... Continue Reading →

Sharing Writing

It's a funny thing, the difference between sharing pieces of a story for critiquing and handing off a complete manuscript for a read-through.  There's something so much more revealing about handing over the complete manuscript, knowing that when it's viewed in its entirety, all of the flaws and weak points are out of your control... Continue Reading →

Carry-over

I will succeed despite setback. I will carry on despite an abundance of carry-over.  I will not give up. That's been my January mantra.  I've had to remind myself of this as the deadline I set for myself approaches and I am still not half-way through revising my manuscript.  I also had to REALLY remind... Continue Reading →

Half-way through, Not half-way there

We are half-way through the month, and while I'm not half-way through the revising of my manuscript, I am making progress on it and so many other things. My peer critique group and I are gearing up for a weekend writing retreat. To that end, I've prepared a query letter for workshopping, planned a pitching... Continue Reading →

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