Books, Trekking Out of the Hobbit Hole, writing

The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

"Every writer should make an effort to attend writers' conferences," they said. "It'll be fun," they said. Boy howdy, were they right!  Caroline (of Cosmos and a Cuppa) and I set out with her husband Daniel and their 15-month-old on Tuesday morning, bound for the Art of Writing Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Before I go… Continue reading The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

Life Updates, writing

Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

First, the News! As my readers know, I've been preparing my book proposal for Operation Lionhearted (the title I finally decided upon!), and it's about 80% complete. When I got to the section about marketing and promotion, however, I stalled. Me? Marketing myself and my book?! How is one supposed to even do that without… Continue reading Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

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How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)

The debate is a hot one: traditional publishing, or independent publishing? (Note: I was recently encouraged to start calling it "independent/indie publishing" rather than "self-publishing." It sounds less vain-glorious, but still confident.) I've been researching the pros and cons of both sides ever since I completed my second draft of Lionhearted--and I must say, each… Continue reading How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)

Life Updates, writing

A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

I really, really, really wanted chips in my soup. I had been looking forward to that meal all day long: Chicken Fajita Soup--an "E" meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan--and the one excuse I'd have all week to eat tortilla chips without guilt! I was so ready, especially after a long, tiring day in… Continue reading A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

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NaNoWriMo 2018!

I hadn't intended on participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. After all, I already had my hands full with the third draft Lionhearted, not to mention ongoing pre-production for my next novel, Morleigh Hall.  But then on November 1, after watching excited announcements on Twitter from so many of my writing friends about how… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018!

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Lionhearted, Second Draft: COMPLETE!

(*excitedly bangs a spoon on the bottom of a pot*) Guys, guess what? I finished the second draft of Lionhearted!!! On May 14 I wrote, and I quote: "I hope to be finished by the end of summer. Ambitious much? Maybe. Lionhearted has thirty chapters and I’ve already edited eighteen of them in four months, so it’s possible. At… Continue reading Lionhearted, Second Draft: COMPLETE!