The Books

I've been fortunate these past few weeks to find myself in several bookstores. When I was a kid, my favorite birthdays were the ones where I received several gift cards to bookstores. My dad would take me and while he was lost in the fantasy section on his own adventuring for paperbacks and hardcovers to... Continue Reading →

Now the Journey Really Begins

I am sending out my first query letters.  THIS.  WEEK. This is the first step in the journey of turning my passion into my profession.  Where I start sending my words out into the world and inviting people (beyond my loving husband and band of trusted critique ladies) to enter the worlds that I've created... Continue Reading →

Setting and Realigning Goals

I just finished my first quarter of 2019-2020, and it was awesome!  Not because I completed the goals as I set them at the beginning of the quarter, but because I realigned my goals to give more time and focus to the ones that will get me closer to querying. Originally, I thought that during... Continue Reading →

Every Small Choice

In the morning, when I'm tired and it's easy to lose myself scrolling through my phone, it's the choice to open a book from the genre I'm writing to and read. In the afternoon, when I've already made lunch for my girls and/or prepped for dinner and it's easy to eat the rest of their... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Passion Projects

A few things inspired me to think about this in the last couple of weeks.  The first was that my husband and his buddies made their debut for family and friends as Rough Draft, playing songs for us at a backyard barbecue that they've been jamming on for well over a year.  SO fun!  The... Continue Reading →

Why I Plan and Revising

I spend a lot of time creating goals and planning because the return on investment is exponentially great. Setting my intentions keeps me motivated. It also gives me a system of checks and balances that keeps me from getting overwhelmingly negative should I fall short (which happens frequently) of the goals I've set. Having plans... Continue Reading →

A Year in Review, First Edition

Last year on June 10, 2018, I posted my very first blog called From the Beginning.  Today marks one full year of tracking and sharing my writing journey. It's been quite a year, both professionally and personally. There's a lot to celebrate, a lot to plan, and A LOT to learn from. First and foremost,... Continue Reading →

Reset and Realign

When I come back from a conference where I've spent close to 16 hours for multiple days in a row working, socializing, thinking, etc, I crash.  Hard.  I spent the first couple of days this week unpacking both my suitcase and my mind, and fighting the urge (sometimes unsuccessfully) to pass out on my couch... Continue Reading →

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