As y'all know, I'm working hard on the book proposal for my novel--and as of today, I'm near the 50% mark! It's been a great experience and I've learned so much! But today I'm asking my readers to help me make an important decision: what will the final title of this book be? Yes, it's… Continue reading Poll: What Should I Name My Novel?
The debate is a hot one: traditional publishing, or independent publishing? (Note: I was recently encouraged to start calling it "independent/indie publishing" rather than "self-publishing." It sounds less vain-glorious, but still confident.) I've been researching the pros and cons of both sides ever since I completed my second draft of Lionhearted--and I must say, each… Continue reading How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)
I've been so mentally busy these past two weeks with studying the publishing process for Lionhearted, I reached this weekend with very little to blog about! Thankfully both Amelie of the Swordmaiden of the King and Emily of The Altogether Unexpected each sent me a tag about a month ago, so I'm gonna do them both in one… Continue reading Two Tags For a Scatterbrained Weekend
I have a folder in the lefthand drawer of my writing desk, and its contents have grown exponentially over the past few months. Every time I find a new quote, poem or article that inspires and encourages me, it goes in the folder. Some of these bits and pieces are selections I've had for years;… Continue reading “For Courage”
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
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
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…)
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”
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!
Here's your apology in advance: my sister Emily is getting married in 19 days, and so blog posts may be sporadic and/or short 'n sweet for the next couple of weeks! In the meantime, I'm quite busy and occupied with a few other interesting things apart from wedding prep. Here's a quick, fun peek into… Continue reading It’s a Whimsical Life