Life Updates, writing

A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

I really, really, really wanted chips in my soup. I had been looking forward to that meal all day long: Chicken Fajita Soup--an "E" meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan--and the one excuse I'd have all week to eat tortilla chips without guilt! I was so ready, especially after a long, tiring day in… Continue reading A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

Life Updates, The Uncategorized Void

The Five Things Tag

I've been keeping this tag for one of those weeks where I'm too busy to blog, soooooooo...after a week of Camp NaNoWriMo, shopping, visits from friends, and a nasty cold, here ya go 😉 Five things you’ll find in my bag: ONE: A notebook (a writer must never be without her notebook, which is precisely… Continue reading The Five Things Tag

Life Updates, The Uncategorized Void

Pinterest Finds (because I’m too busy to blog…)

Last week I just had zero blogging inspiration. If I don't have anything to say then I'd better not say anything at all. But then this week, we had a serious health scare/crisis with my grandfather. He got out of a very successful surgery just this afternoon, and he's doing great--but needless to say, I've… Continue reading Pinterest Finds (because I’m too busy to blog…)

Story Structure Study

Story Structure Study: “The Time of the Doctor”

This post actually began as a self-imposed "homework assignment." I never thought it might be blog material! But I have a mild case of Creative Burnout, and as part of my self-care I decided to re-watch a Doctor Who Christmas episode...but with a writer's eye. What I mean by that is this: I dissected and… Continue reading Story Structure Study: “The Time of the Doctor”

writing

NaNoWriMo 2018!

I hadn't intended on participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. After all, I already had my hands full with the third draft Lionhearted, not to mention ongoing pre-production for my next novel, Morleigh Hall.  But then on November 1, after watching excited announcements on Twitter from so many of my writing friends about how… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018!

Movies

Movie Review: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

Good morning and Happy Labor Day! After spending a glorious weekend at my aunt and uncle's lake house, sitting on the dock with the wind and waves, enjoying brownies and barbecue, baiting my own fishing hooks with LIVE SHRIMP and also baiting crab traps with FROZEN FISH with my bare hands (see how I rose… Continue reading Movie Review: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

writing

Lionhearted, Second Draft: COMPLETE!

(*excitedly bangs a spoon on the bottom of a pot*) Guys, guess what? I finished the second draft of Lionhearted!!! On May 14 I wrote, and I quote: "I hope to be finished by the end of summer. Ambitious much? Maybe. Lionhearted has thirty chapters and I’ve already edited eighteen of them in four months, so it’s possible. At… Continue reading Lionhearted, Second Draft: COMPLETE!