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 →

Lost in the Craft and Listening

This week I had a really difficult time coming out of the craft and getting into the writing. Not only was I working on writing/revising, I was also working on querying. I was jumping from mindset to mindset, writer one minute, editor the next, desperately trying to attain the third-party objective view of my work... 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 →

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 →

Chasing the Words

So, here's a fun thing.  I have 20,000 words to write this month.  I've scheduled out the days I can write, and what my approximate word count for each of those sessions on those days should be to hit that goal.  The second day I was tracking, I went to check my word count.  -104. ... Continue Reading →

Filling the 20,000 Word Gap

So.  I'm happily going along, revising SB, reviewing all the feedback I've received, when I notice a circle on the word count on a draft.  Then a note about word count on another draft.  And then, my brain remembers a conversation from one of our peer critique sessions, when a friend remarked that I should... 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 →

Letting a Story Go

I have a story, the first that I decided I would turn into a full manuscript, that is still not complete. It's a project I've gone back to multiple times, but each time something has pulled me away again. During those times when the story has sat in a drawer, I've completed other manuscripts and... Continue Reading →

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