Category: Writing

A Publication Journey & Dream Realized – ACE OF SHADES

A Publication Journey & Dream Realized – ACE OF SHADES

I really love reading about publication journeys.  I love research, and learning about the journey from inspiration to novel fascinates me.  Ten years ago, it was a rare moment to find an author sharing their story, but these days, more and more authors are open with the journey. I love it.  It’s wonderful.  It shows the tides of hope and perseverance.  Hard work and talent.  And, most importantly, never giving up. As a writer, I have bad days.  I’ll have weeks where I don’t write a fictional word because what’s the point?  In times like those, success stories are amazing. I […]

Posted January 13, 2018 in Bookish Things, Writing // 0 Comments //
Is 28 Too Old to Be a Debut Author?

Is 28 Too Old to Be a Debut Author?

For the last few years, I have struggled with the idea that my ship has sailed, metaphorically speaking.  Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to write books.  I’ve written enough stories that I have my own little shelf with first draft mockups and I’ve got a grand list of other ideas.  I never stop writing, not completely.  And yet, only two of my manuscripts have made it to Draft Two.  I’ve been out of high school for ten years and I’m getting a bit fuzzy on what I remember from my Creative Writing classes at the undergraduate […]

Posted January 11, 2018 in Writing // 19 Comments //
Nolite te NaNoWriMo Carborundorum!

Nolite te NaNoWriMo Carborundorum!

I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year.  Between work and blogging and work and family stuff and work I just didn’t have the time to commit to it properly.  And that’s okay.  I’ve learned my lesson from past years when I’ve tried to do it just as things were getting crazy and it destroyed me. DO NOT BE DESTROYED, MY BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS. I want to talk to you about this NaNo thing, because it’s something I have a bit of experience doing.  I’ve done 10 total NaNoWriMos.  While I’ve always hit the word count (#bragging) I’ve also finished 8/10 stories during the month. […]

Posted November 11, 2017 in Writing // 2 Comments //
August Wrap Up! // Featuring:  Lakes, Cakes, AND DOC BROWN!

August Wrap Up! // Featuring: Lakes, Cakes, AND DOC BROWN!

Welcome Ladies & Gents, to the August Wrap Up! August has been a busy month!  For me, there’s been vacations and birthdays and a trip to the dentist (BLECH), and a solar eclipse!  I am so so proud of myself because I have posted every day this month!  I know a lot of people are heading back to school within a week, if they haven’t already.  Can you believe summer’s almost over?  SHEESH.  I think that we all have had a crazy month, so let’s get down to it!  EXCITING THINGS ARE AFOOT, MY PHOENIX FRIENDS. No, not that kind […]

Posted August 28, 2017 in Blogging, Checking In, Reading, Real World, Writing // 23 Comments //
Burgers & Shakes for Everyone! – OR – Why Food is Such an AWESOME Element of Setting

Burgers & Shakes for Everyone! – OR – Why Food is Such an AWESOME Element of Setting

I read novels to get immersed into awesome worlds. Okay, so if I really broke it down I would tell you that characters are awesome, plot is essential, love stories are annoying (I’M SORRY GUYS, I WANT MONSTERS NOT KISSING), and can magic please exist?  But the escapism element?  Yeah, that’s why I read in a single element.  Books are way cooler than real life. For people like me who would rather fly on hippogriffs than sweep the kitchen, having a strong setting that leaves room for the imagination is essential.  In my reading experience, this is best with food. DISCLAIMER It […]

Posted August 5, 2017 in Reading, Writing // 10 Comments //
Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Update #2

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Update #2

Sometimes, things just don’t go the way I planned them. Last week, I finished reading The Night Circus.  It was glorious.  I loved it so much that I went and purchased the hardcover copy the next day.  This post is not about The Night Circus but if you want to read all about my love of it, you can do so here. My point is that sometimes you read a book that comes together so perfectly, it makes you go back and reflect on your own work.  The Night Circus did that for me, and I spent several hours that day […]

Posted July 20, 2017 in My Stories, Writing // 2 Comments //