August 1, 2018

Confidence.

It's a strange thing I've never quite been able to grasp. It isn't something you can buy or collect and store for later. It's a feeling, a quality, that can affect every aspect of your life. And, oddly, you can have it in some areas and lack it in others. Yo...

July 16, 2018

I finally got around to finishing these annotated notes, and I'm so excited to share them with you. One of my favorite things to read about in author interviews or blog posts are inner thoughts about the pieces of their stories. What were they thinking about when they...

July 10, 2018

Wow. My absence from my blog has been long! But I promise, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth. At least not yet! So, what happened to me? Well, to be honest, summer happened. Since the kids let out from school, I have been in an endless loop of driving to and f...

March 27, 2018

Today is a great day. The sun is out, the air is warming up (80 degrees, y'all!), and I have officially turned in my latest manuscript to my agent. I feel like I've crawled out of a cave and am seeing the sun for the first time in MONTHS! 

I finished this manuscrip...

November 15, 2017

As many of you know, I am in the middle of revisions for my second novel, THE HAUNTING OF RED BLOOD HILL (working title). As of today, I've made it through Chapter 12, phew! If I stay on track, I will have a pretty readable draft by the end of the month. Then I get to...

October 18, 2017

I’ve always heard the phrase ‘Kill Your Darlings.’ William Faulkner said it. Stephen King said it. Every speaker on writing I’ve ever heard has said it. Even my editor said it last year during a particularly brutal round of revisions.

 But what does it really mean?

Kill...

October 12, 2017

When I was writing my first novel, I often wondered if I'd ever get published. The process seemed so daunting, and at times, even impossible. 

What helped inspire me (and keep me motivated) was reading how other author's went about it. I liked reading about their s...

October 4, 2017

I'm not going to lie. Today was painful. 

I've gotten to the part of my manuscript where I have to tie up all these little loose ends. You'd think it would be easy. I thought it would be easy. Boy, was I wrong.

This morning, I sat down at the cafe with a coffee in hand....

September 28, 2017

We all need a little push every now and again. For me, I need it pretty regularly. I often find myself staring at my computer screen, ready to work when something more pressing comes up. Pressing--as in laundry, house work, dinner preparation, grocery shopping, you nam...

September 22, 2017

NaNoWriMo is upon us...nearly. Are you ready?

For those of you that don't have a clue about what I'm talking about, here's the short version.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which begins at midnight on November 1st and ends at 11:59pm on November 30th....

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