This year was crazy fun! Not only did I move across the country, but I got a ton of work done while I was at it. What did I have projected for 2018? Well.... 1) Complete Ashwood edits 1-3 and begin shopping it around. Big check mark here! Not only did I begin shopping it … Continue reading 2018 In Review
This month, the round robin participants are regaling everyone with snippets from their own work that highlight the spirit of the season. Some may even give a short story or flash fiction and I'm delighted to check out what they have in store. For me, I've chosen an excerpt from my novel Persona, a novel … Continue reading Holiday Snippet – December Round Robin
Even with a holiday visiting my mother - on the other side of the nation, I might add - I managed to make it passed the 50k mark and win NaNoWriMo. The rest of the year will be spent finishing this novel about ghouls and goblins and dragons. It has been great fun to write … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Results
After that fateful assignment in the sixth grade that spurred me into the writing life, I confess the road has not been easy. Two years later I started writing a fantasy novel based off Dungeons and Dragons characters. My cousins were involved, as well as my brother, and I allowed my mother to read a … Continue reading Costs and Rewards – November Round Robin
For those just joining me, I started going through the Writing Excuses Master Class several weeks ago. I haven't posted every entry of homework and the like, so this week's post jumps forward into story structure. I've done this because, well, who wants to see every bit of someone else's homework? And because I would … Continue reading WE Master Class – What’s the Point of This Anyway?
Welcome to another Round Robin discussion! This month we're focusing on keeping up the tension in a book from start to finish. After several years writing books, I can sense when a scene is slacking now. It derails me and I pick up my crystal ball (no, really, I have one) and start hashing things … Continue reading Keeping Tension – October Round Robin
Our family started the Temeraire series on the road trip to New England and we were excited to see where the story went in this third book. Laurence and Temeraire are now staples in our household, to the point that we've taken to nicknaming our cats after the dragons. (Nicknames only, because to me they … Continue reading Book Review – Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
A couple of years ago my son informed me that he hated reading. Being an author, this made my heart hurt and I set out to fix this viewpoint by writing a story for him. I kept it short because he is young, but I did not spare him in language, plot, or character. I … Continue reading September Round Robin – Reading is Cool!
For the last several weeks I've been undergoing the Writing Excuses Master Class put out a couple years ago. If you're not familiar with the folks at Writing Excuses, I highly recommend them. They don't require a ton of your time (15 minutes long, though it does sometimes stretch to 20) and even if they … Continue reading Interesting Characters – WE Master Class
Two weeks ago I mentioned the Writing Excuses Master Class put out a few years back. This is a free class that you can access via audio or transcript on the Writing Excuses website and I recommend it to anyone and everyone who enjoys the writing process. Moving along in the course, I have my … Continue reading Character Auditions – WE Master Class Blog