The Importance of Setting in a Novel

UPDATE: This blog post won an award for “media post” at the 2015 LUW writers conference. ***** Write what you know. How many times have I heard that? Oh man, probably at every conference I have ever gone to, multiple … Continue reading

Wonder Woman beat sheet!

I loved the movie Wonder Woman. I’ve been waiting for it my entire life. See. (Mash up of Wonder Woman and Spider Girl, with facial hair of course. 🙂 ) With all of this hype about the release of the … Continue reading

My tumultuous relationship with a manuscript:

My tumultuous relationship with a manuscript: Upon first meeting, nearly seven years ago, it was love at first sight. I was overcome. Passionate words were brought to life in the quiet hours of night. I pined over my new manuscript … Continue reading

Author Life Month

I participated in the #authorlifemonth hashtag again over on Instagram. Here is my month in review. Here is a link to my last year’s author life month. I’ll be doing #authorlifemonth again. It’s so much fun to connect with other … Continue reading

Fairy Gardens & Writing: how they relate

Planting fairy gardens is one of my favorite things to do every spring. I do this for one of my jobs and on occasion, I teach how-to’s. I’ve planted countless container pots over the seventeen years I’ve been doing this, … Continue reading

Influential author Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors. I stared reading her novels a dozen years ago, starting with her first novel Daughter of the Forest. Now she has over twenty novels in print. Here is a part of … Continue reading

To Prologue or not to Prologue

Whether or not you should write a prologue into your novel, has been a debate that I have seen over the years. The topic has come up many times in writing conferences and during writing competitions. I have written prologues … Continue reading

Crawl out of the hole when writing a memoir.

Sitting alone in a crowded hole Demons possess my inner soul Caught in a place I can’t escape The only way is to sit and wait Fight the thoughts that encompass my mind. Hurry up, I’ll soon go blind! Blind … Continue reading