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. πŸ™‚ ) With all of this hype about the release of the DVD, I’m reminded of when I dissected the storyline. The very first time I saw…

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:…

Job Shadow

One of my favorite recent experiences of being an author was when I had a few teenagers as job shadows. I spent an afternoon in my home with a few budding authors from Junior High. They came prepared with samples of their work for feedback. I lugged out the huge white board and we discussed…

Death in Writing

This past week has reminded me about the frailty of life. I started writing this blog post about how to capture death in our writing two weeks ago, before some of my favorite people in the entertainment industry passed away. Also, my husband’s childhood friend passed away suddenly and we went to the funeral over…

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,…

Thankful

I sketched this up real quick on a poster board and am excited to see what my family writes on it tomorrow! Happiness is moving every single piece of furniture in your house to accommodate a large family πŸ™‚ I like to write a quick Thankful post each year and I will continue to do…

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…

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…

Hidden Gems

This is a photo of me driving up to the mountains looking for hidden gems.Β It was by sheer accident, as my son snapped a photo of the waterfall, that the reflection on the car glass made my face appear to be part of the cliff. My hair weaves with the crags and crevices. My shoulders…

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 for every one of my stories… and then omitted them. Here’s why… * Most of…