Yesterday, I typed 'the end' on my Language of the Spirit NaNoWriMo project. Huzzah, right? Not really. *sound of dying trumpets* I'm about 7800 words short of the 50K goal. The story's done. Beginning, middle, end. Arcs bent over themselves into a lovely rainbow. Tiny subplots that give depth, not distraction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What more, man? I … Continue reading Is It Cheating?
Ever read a book and think...ooh, this is a lot like that other book or...oooh, are these authors twins or what? Sometimes, there is an evil twin. Not today. Today, these two authors clearly were raised beside a babbling brook and fed figs and persimmons in strong sunlight. There might have been a wasp sting … Continue reading Two Twisty Books
What defines a writer? This is an internal fight many of us battle daily. Many of us don't feel we qualify, even though we write. I don't have an answer, but I do know that each of us has value to contribute to the conversation. If you'd like to do an interview, contact me. It's … Continue reading Jeff Sullins – writer & beta-reader
I attended my first local writing group through SCBWI, and whoo! Talk about impostor syndrome. It’s real y’all, and if you experience it, you are, ironically enough, in good company. One of the women who attended is an award-winning illustrator. Now, those of us who aren’t artists believe anyone who can draw more than a … Continue reading The Catalyst – SCBWI meeting
I've been working my way through The Creative Tarot by Jenna Crispin (who is almost as ubiquitous as Lin Manuel-Miranda these days). One of my favorite cards in the deck is the Nine of Swords. Does that strike you as odd? Like claiming I love The Tower or something? I relate to this card. This … Continue reading Nine of Swords – Anxiety and Doubt
Saturday Show and Tell - a showcase of things each week that lit up my brain and fired my imagination. Enjoy! Before I share what's pushing my creativity this week, I have news. I wrote the last sentence of my first draft of Ferals & Blights on Thursday! There are no plot holes, no sagging … Continue reading Saturday Show & Tell 12/10
December is one of my favorite months, but probably not for the reason you think. I'm not a big holiday/tradition person, so I'm a bit baffled by Christmas carols, gift wrap, and the whole lot of it. I do, however, LOVE end-of-the-year lists and goals, so the next three Saturdays will be all about those. … Continue reading Saturday Show & Tell 12/3/16