What is the Writing Process? Step 5

Step five in this process? I hope you’ll forgive me, because it requires caps. DO NOT GIVE UP. Seriously, it is that important and cannot be ignored. Don’t give up on your story. No matter how many times you get frustrated and want to walk away, which is sometimes helpful, you need to return to... Continue Reading →

A Year in Review, Second Edition

Starting this blog two years ago turned out to be a natural evolution of chronicling my past. I have journals from the past decade and a half that are a record of the things that have happened to me personally, the evolution of my relationships and family, and the catalog of my goals and dreams.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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