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, but planting fairy gardens feels completely different and is always exciting to me. Here’s why:…

Author Life Month

February was Author Life Month over on Instagram and Twitter. I decided to post the photos—and captions about the photos—from my feed onto my blog. I didn’t post every day,  but I tried. My favorite day was “Challenge Overcome.” It made me realize that every person struggles to be creative. Everyone has the same doubts…

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…

Do our tastes revert back to being a child? Here’s mine.

  Recently, I attended a writers workshop where we talked about resonance within the genre that you write. “Learn the language so you don’t sound like a fraud.” Because fantasy is bone deep with me, I am going to dwell there in my writing for a while. I feel very comfortable within its realm. That…

Writing Fact… Mingled With Fiction

I’m sitting here writing this post on my front porch while the moon turns to blood. October 8th at 5:00 am and my imagination is crawling with ideas looking at the lunar eclipse of the Blood Moon. I’ve incorporated the Blood Moon into my YA fantasy novel, Vagabond, which I started years ago. Now I…

Don’t be set in Stone.

Over the course of the past couple years, I have received feedback from critique partners and betas that have asked me if certain parts of my stories are true. This happened again last night when I had taken a part of a biblical story and expanded on a small detail. “Did that really happen?” I…

Award time!

My unpublished Young Adult fantasy novel, Vagabond, won an award! Click here to read a short synopsis. The thing that I anticipated most was the feedback from the judges. First, I want to start by offering encouragement to those of you who fear to submit your work. (Or fear critique and criticism in general.) Sometimes…

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Thank you Jodi Milner over at http://myliteraryquest.wordpress.com for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Jodi writes epic fantasy and is a very talented writer. She is my Vice President in Anwa Storytellers. She keeps me in line and helps me, as the President, to remember upcoming dates, introduce new members, and nudges me…