January lasted longer than usual this year, yes? I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that way, or in my escape into the written word. Here is some of where I went: Books Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff - A sloppy book. You'll be … Continue reading January’s Quick Look
Just a reminder to take a deep breath, even if your use of it will be to shout. Relax your shoulders so you can come out swinging harder. Unclench your jaw. Things are bleak, but you fight better without a headache. And, of course, notice the little joys. Take strength from their sly ability to … Continue reading Breathe…
2017 was a fun year for me on Patreon. I jumped into an unknown, afraid and yet hopeful. In keeping with that act of adventurous bravery, I've added new tiers and started new projects for 2018. A big thank-you to everyone who gave me inspiration to keep going this year! People seem to like my … Continue reading Book Review & a Writing Exercise
Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it, and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes YA under … Continue reading Mistakes of the Past – Guest Post
I've decided to do NaNoWriMo this year. I have a 10k novelette already written, but it's mostly in passive voice with large swaths of exposition and in desperate need of arcs. I even made an outline to make it better! Who am I? What have you done with the real Julie? The goal is to … Continue reading Think Beyond
con·ven·tion \ kən-ˈven(t)-shən \ The first year of a convention is a lean, bony beast. Exposed sinews and growing musculature. FanNexus was no exception, but this gave us the advantage of close connections and conversation. I didn't have the energy to gnaw on the knowledge-bones offered at FanNexus. Part of this was my fatigue, part the choice of … Continue reading FanNexus 2017
You are steaming along, fingers flying and brain tossing out cool ideas like heroes on horseback and heroines swinging swords, when you realize you've never done either of those things. How heavy is a sword...wait, what KIND of sword? And horses...pffft. [insert despair emoji here] (My biggest pitfall is boats. Aft your starboard and swing … Continue reading But…how do you pick a lock?
Happy Hump-Day Earthdwellers! I know, it's not happy much. Maybe it is happy where you are, but you don't want to crow about it loudly because you know it's not so happy in other spots. I hear you. So, instead you are using your inside voices. The ones you use when you wear uncomfortable clothing. … Continue reading Fill ‘er Up – Want to do an interview?
Not everyone in the writing community has support or resources. You know this. Not a revelation. The #writestuff twitter chat this week stumbled upon another commonality. Many (not all, but more than I expected) of us are chronically ill, whether diagnosed or stuck in the something-is-wrong-but-what stage. How do you find time or motivation to … Continue reading Keep Calm and Write On
It's Wednesday! Time to take a break. When we were in San Francisco, I wanted to buy a sweatshirt. If you don't know me, I hate to shop. The entire process makes my skin crawl - from touching items fondled by others to talking to strangers so I can pay. When you add in that … Continue reading Where’s Your Honey?