“We”

*alarms blare* There are only five more installments of the first draft in public! For those of you out there who talk about writing a book or writing more or whatever - you CAN do it! Small bites. Little steps. One foot in front of the other. Good grief, I could write those all day, … Continue reading “We”

S.E. Carson – writer & advocate

S.E. Carson is writing a fictionalized memoir of her journey battling an eating disorder who she has named Not-Alice. The story works on discovering who someone is without their disorder, finding the voice that's been buried, and learning to trust the sound of it. In Carson's own words: "I explore the incredibly complex and manipulative … Continue reading S.E. Carson – writer & advocate

Tough Love

After being paralyzed for months, and doing all the advice I give others, I finished the revision of the first chapter of Ferals & Blights tonight. Dissecting my behavior and feelings afterward, I'm able to say two things: Professional opinions help. I was afraid to revise the wrong thing, and getting John's feedback helped me … Continue reading Tough Love

Indiana Jones: Part 4, [insert genius here]

The final part in my Patreon series on Raiders of the Lost Ark - Suspension of disbelief is a wonderful thing in movies. A magical tool that does not translate 1:1 in writing. Writing is more like table magic. The reader is breathing on your hands as you type, that's how close they are to … Continue reading Indiana Jones: Part 4, [insert genius here]

Marion Ravenwood

Part Three of my Patreon series on Raiders of the Lost Ark... I have to be honest. I crush on Marion just as much as Indy. They are both joys, but Marion is a subtle character profile compared to the rugged, determined, and focused leading Jones. You have to watch her. We first meet her … Continue reading Marion Ravenwood

Indiana Jones: Part Two

Continuing the series from my Patreon, here's Part Two. (A nod to Chuck Wendig's book Damn Fine Story for the but/therefore concept.) When I start a story, a scene, a whatever - I have to think about what's going to happen. Character Y wants something, BUT there's interference, and THEREFORE she has to deal with … Continue reading Indiana Jones: Part Two

An Invitation

Every Monday over on Patreon, I write a book review followed by two writing exercises (one easy, one a bit harder). These exercises are designed to prompt you to write a bit each week, and to think about the mechanics as you write. This week the book is Kristin Cashore's Jane, Unlimited. This weekly post … Continue reading An Invitation

Book Review & a Writing Exercise

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

Is It Cheating?

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?