50,000 words of leftover casserole

^^This is why I only wrote one blog post in November.^^ NaNoWriMo was hard this year. There were a few days, lumped together, that I didn’t write anything. Playing catch-up really killed the creative juices. During the last two days of the month, I had to write 10,000 words to reach my goal. To me,…

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Please enjoy some of the monstrous illustrations from my brother Todd Powelson. You can find more of his amazing artwork on ARTDUH.COM or ToddPowelson.com Have a safe and spooky Halloween! Tara 🙂

A party that was out of this WORLD!

A few weeks ago I attended a writers retreat with dozens of fabulous, talented women. I asked the organizer what I could do to help. She twiddled her thumbs, trying to think of something, because she’s very organized and had everything under control. “Decorate and come up with a theme,” she said. Interesting, because the…

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…

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…