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 →

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 →

Reflections

Reflections on NaNoWriMo 2018. The NaNoWriMo challenge this year was quite a different journey than last year.  There were a lot of differences in my personal life that contributed to that (going back to work, my youngest starting preschool, my oldest in more dance classes and starting dance team) that definitely constricted the opportunities to write,... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep- Week 3

November is shaping up to be VERY busy.  We've got a lot going on for every member of the family, but NaNoWriMo will happen. Oh yes, it WILL happen.  Having a complete, 50,000 word first draft of a novel in thirty days is a gift you give yourself.  It might come at the cost of some... Continue Reading →

Working for the Dream

We spent the last week of August renovating our basement where the kids play space, my husbands jam space, and our office/my writing space is. It's a project we've wanted to tackle since we moved in, but was moved down the to-do list for one reason or another since we moved in a few years... Continue Reading →

Changes

Remember when I said last week that I was surprised it was August already?  Yeah, that paled in comparison to realizing that, when this is posted, we are almost HALFWAY THROUGH THIS MONTH. This month, this whole summer really, feels like it is flying away beneath my feet because 1. I have been enjoying the... Continue Reading →

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