Plotting for NaNoWriMo

I wrote a post last year about how to edit your NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here is the official link to the competition. Basically, it’s writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Sound crazy? Yes, yes it is. And so, so much fun! I’ve done…

Ding! – a post to motivate me.

I realize I haven’t posted on my blog for over a month. It’s hard to find the time during the summer. It’s been a strange season with my writing. I’ve had my ups and downs the past few months when it comes to writing. Ups (and down, I guess) – A local publisher wanted one…

Influential author

http://www.julietmarillier.com 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 her bio from her shiny new web-site that launched today. (Every few years, as she…

How to Write a Villain

It seems like it has been a while since I have done a solid writing tip. I’ve skimmed through the files in my brain and pulled out the folder labeled “Villain.” Mwahahaha . . . Everyday I get more and more people looking at my post about How to Write a Bad Boy. I don’t…

Longsheng, China

I am feeling a sense of nostalgia and wanderlust. My thoughts often drift to this magnificent place and so I wanted to share with you photos of the setting for my novel Broken Smiles. This is how I picture my village. I’ve backpacked all through China when I lived there. Longsheng was by far my…

Featured Books Friday!

Here we go again with Featured Books Friday! Click here, here, or here for other great book blurbs I’ve had in the past. You are welcome to share—in the comment section of this blog—your name, book, purchase link, and a 500 word blurb or scene from your novel. You are welcomed and encouraged to share…

You Might Be a Writer If…

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
A lot of “stuff” has been going on in my life lately. Hard stuff. Heavy stuff. The kind of stuff that just makes me want to write massacre scenes….except I am so brain dead I had to google how to spell “massacre.” Masicker? Missucker? WHAT AM I DOING????…

How To: Tree Painting over my book pages

I have had a lot of people ask how I created this piece of art that sits on my mantle. It’s simple really… Take four years, write a book, and then when you wonder if the words you wrote are any good, shred up the pages and turn them into an art project! If you…

Featured Books Friday!

Here we are again for Featured Books Friday! I was at the fabulous Storymakers conference last weekend, so I will try to get some of the attendees to post here. 🙂 I love reading through the book blurbs in the comment section. I encourage you to do the same and support these talented authors. You…

Pale Ghosts – The Evolution of Ideas

Every night, a pale owl perches, standing guard outside my window. It is magnificent and white. I took a walk with my sons, counting long poop stains on my neighbors roofs (great quest for young boys!) We counted 11 homes. So, if you are my close neighbor, chances are you are being watched over while…