Category: Writing

Why “The Last Jedi” is Excellent Storytelling

Why “The Last Jedi” is Excellent Storytelling

Mes chers, I saw The Last Jedi about a month ago now, and honestly… I don’t understand why everyone has been hating on it. I waited several weeks to see it even though I LOVE Star Wars based on so many *meh* reviews from people I respected.  REGRET. It was really fantastic and I walked out of the theatre baffled as to why so many people found it disappointing. I’m trying to think of it from the point-of-view of a typical Star Wars fan, and the closest I can come up with is the fact there were so many grey areas. […]

Posted February 4, 2018 in Reading, Real World, Thoughts, Writing // 5 Comments //
How Anxiety Prevents Me From Writing

How Anxiety Prevents Me From Writing

I love to write. I will do it until the end of time because I love meeting new characters and taking them on adventures.  I will write regardless of whether or not I am ever published, for the sheer joy of it. The road to publishing terrifies me. You can see my avoidance in some of my posts, actually.  Things like Is 28 too Old to Be a Debut Author? and Querying an Agent is Terrifying.  My doubt seeps through in everything I do and as I become older, it feel myself shrinking further and further back.  I am more aware of […]

Posted February 1, 2018 in Writing // 11 Comments //
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 //
Beautiful Books 2017:  Ashes to Ashes

Beautiful Books 2017: Ashes to Ashes

So when I originally saw this prompt on Paper Fury, I was 100% definitely going to use The Story Collector, a story I’ve been picking at for three years and is super long and nowhere near done.  But for the last week or so, I’ve had an invasive story burrowing in my mind.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Where you have way more story ideas than time?  I have a whole notebook of ideas.  Enough for a dozen novels on top of the drafts I already have and need both editing and sequels. This one has been invasive, though. I try […]

Posted October 18, 2017 in My Stories, Writing // 8 Comments //