Tag: Writing

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Poll: What Should I Name My Novel?

As y’all know, I’m working hard on the book proposal for my novel–and as of today, I’m near the 50% mark! It’s been a great experience and I’ve learned so much! But today I’m asking my readers to help me make an important decision: what will the final title of this book be?

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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 side has some pretty compelling arguments.

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Two Tags For a Scatterbrained Weekend

I’ve been so mentally busy these past two weeks with studying the publishing process for Lionhearted, I reached this weekend with very little to blog about! Thankfully both Amelie of the Swordmaiden of the King and Emily of The Altogether Unexpected each sent me a tag about a month ago, so I’m gonna do them both in one fell swoop! 

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“For Courage”

I have a folder in the lefthand drawer of my writing desk, and its contents have grown exponentially over the past few months. Every time I find a new quote, poem or article that inspires and encourages me, it goes in the folder. Some of these bits and pieces are selections I’ve had for years; others are brand-new. I thought I’d share a few … Read More “For Courage”

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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 town. And then my mom put a can of … Read More A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

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The Five Things Tag

I’ve been keeping this tag for one of those weeks where I’m too busy to blog, soooooooo…after a week of Camp NaNoWriMo, shopping, visits from friends, and a nasty cold, here ya go 😉 Five things you’ll find in my bag: ONE: A notebook (a writer must never be without her notebook, which is precisely why I only buy purses that are big enough … Read More The Five Things Tag

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Pinterest Finds (because I’m too busy to blog…)

Last week I just had zero blogging inspiration. If I don’t have anything to say then I’d better not say anything at all. But then this week, we had a serious health scare/crisis with my grandfather. He got out of a very successful surgery just this afternoon, and he’s doing great–but needless to say, I’ve been very preoccupied over the past few days. Add … Read More Pinterest Finds (because I’m too busy to blog…)

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Story Structure Study: “The Time of the Doctor”

This post actually began as a self-imposed “homework assignment.” I never thought it might be blog material! But I have a mild case of Creative Burnout, and as part of my self-care I decided to re-watch a Doctor Who Christmas episode…but with a writer’s eye. What I mean by that is this: I dissected and charted the structure of the story–the ebb and flow of the … Read More Story Structure Study: “The Time of the Doctor”

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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 they’d embarked on their own NaNoWriMo projects, I had … Read More NaNoWriMo 2018!

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It’s a Whimsical Life

Here’s your apology in advance: my sister Emily is getting married in 19 days, and so blog posts may be sporadic and/or short ‘n sweet for the next couple of weeks! In the meantime, I’m quite busy and occupied with a few other interesting things apart from wedding prep. Here’s a quick, fun peek into my life right now! Number One: I’m halfway through my … Read More It’s a Whimsical Life

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Movie Review: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

Good morning and Happy Labor Day! After spending a glorious weekend at my aunt and uncle’s lake house, sitting on the dock with the wind and waves, enjoying brownies and barbecue, baiting my own fishing hooks with LIVE SHRIMP and also baiting crab traps with FROZEN FISH with my bare hands (see how I rose to the occasion with courage and fortitude?), I’m back … Read More Movie Review: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

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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 least I’ve got a goal.” Well, somehow–through great perseverance and … Read More Lionhearted, Second Draft: COMPLETE!