I Versus Me

Originally posted March 28, 2012 Soapbox, here I am. I’m sorry, but people in Hollywood are paid far too much to write scripts (and actors to deliver the lines) in which the object of the sentence is made “I” just because it sounds fancy and proper. I might just be a small town girl fromContinue reading “I Versus Me”

Continuing Education

Originally posted March 27, 2012 I start a new class tonight. It’s a six week workshop on short stories. We’ll be reading and analyzing existing works, doing in-class exercises, and working on a story of our own. Usually you hear about continuing education with respect to teachers, but I believe we can all benefit fromContinue reading “Continuing Education”

A Break in the Grind

Originally posted March 21, 2012 It’s Spring Break. My kids are off school for the week and Corey’s parents have driven down from Pennsylvania to visit. I barely have time for posts, let alone writing. But that’s okay. It’s great visiting. We haven’t seen any family since Thanksgiving, and everyone’s having a blast. But I’mContinue reading “A Break in the Grind”

Have a Little Help from my Friends

Originally posted March 14, 2012 God bless the computer. Without it I would have had to wait until my critique group meets again to have help with my elevator pitch, and boy did I need help with that. As it was, I just fired off an email, and got an answer back just as fast.Continue reading “Have a Little Help from my Friends”

Creating a New Website

Originally posted March 12, 2012 I spent a little bit of today editing and sending a synopsis and three chapters off to an editor (and doing some laundry… boy was that overdue!), but then I spent the rest of the day building my platform. For those of you who don’t know what that means, itContinue reading “Creating a New Website”

NWA Writers Conference

Originally posted March 10, 2012 I attended the NWA Writers Conference today, and I wish you all could have been with me. It had excellent presenters and valuable information for any published or hoping to be published authors. I feel inspired to work on my platform and my manuscripts. Which is why I’m here bloggingContinue reading “NWA Writers Conference”

Get in the Groove

Originally posted August 24, 2011 I have a routine. I put on music (classical music – channel 866  or classic rock channel 862 on DirecTV) when I’m writing (depending on my mood) or my own personal playlist (the Rocky soundtrack if I’m writing an action sequence or some of my favorite love songs if I’mContinue reading “Get in the Groove”

NWA Writers Group

Originally posted August 5, 2011 Last night at writers group was eventful. It started with Dusty, one of our group leaders, giving us a quote to ponder. He said it was the best advice he ever heard, and it was written by a man Dusty says is a fiction genius: the late Dwight Swain. “AContinue reading “NWA Writers Group”

Don’t Waste Time – Using the Unplanned Vacation

Originally posted July 30, 2011 Family came to visit this past week, and while I didn’t plan (and don’t recommend) taking off writing while entertaining visitors, sometimes I just can’t carve out the time to write when I have house guests. My family room is my office, and my guests rise early and stay upContinue reading “Don’t Waste Time – Using the Unplanned Vacation”

Inspiration

Original post date July 22, 2011 Today I decided that if I wrote a blog detailing my progress through my book, I might be more likely to be motivated. Right now I’m dragging my feet because the rough draft is done, and the rewrites are hard. I know what needs to be done to improveContinue reading “Inspiration”