Sunday ROW80 check-in

I’m ready for spring—ready to go hiking, to play tennis, to attend outdoor concerts and spend my mornings writing in the sunshine. I’m planning to grow geraniums and basil, among other things, in the small container garden on my balcony. I’m ready for fresh air, green leaves, and summer thunderstorms, ready for bare feet and […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: The will-o’-the-wisp

After giving it some thought, I decided to do a page-one rewrite of my manuscript “Stolen by Magic.” And I’m glad I did. When I wrote the first draft, the writing was painful at times. I’m really enjoying this draft, though. Now that I know the basics of the plot, I’m concentrating on world-building and […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: Introducing “The Phoenix Feather”

Lately, when it comes to writing, I’ve felt like I’ve been running in place. I’m a big believer in just writing, moving forward with a story and saving revisions for the second draft, but my current WIP just hasn’t worked out that way. I was stalled for a while, writing and rewriting the first chapter […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: Falling in love again with an old story

This is one of those stories that’s come a long way. “Made of Shadows” is the first paranormal romance I ever attempted, and it’s currently on its fourth draft. I will always have a special place in my heart for these characters and their story, which is why I’ve returned to it this year, determined […]

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Listening to our stories, our worlds, ourselves

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” –Jane Austen, Mansfield Park With every story we write, every drop of ink, every key pressed in a frenzy of typing, we are becoming better writers. Over the last year, I can feel how I’ve […]

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Sunday ROW80 check-in

For those of you who saw my post on Wednesday, my dog, Angel, is back at home after spending a few days on an IV at the vet’s office. She seems to have improved and has a follow-up check-up tomorrow. Thank you to everyone for all of the well wishes and positive energy you sent […]

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2014 Year in Review and ROW80 Round 4 Wrap-Up

2014 is almost at an end, and it’s been whirlwind of a year. My first full year writing full time has been a busy one, and I have plenty of material to revise in the coming year. Hopefully 2015 will see me finishing stories and submitting them. Here’s a quick list of what I accomplished […]

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Best books I read in 2014

Best book overall: “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen What I loved about it: (*spoiler alert*) When I got to the moment when Henry Crawford proposes to Fanny Price, and she rejects him even as everyone tries to convince her she’s insane for saying no, I couldn’t put the book down. I stayed up well into […]

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Taking our writing to the next level

2014 has been about establishing a writing routine that works for me. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m writing 1,000 words per day fairly consistently. But I recently read “Write. Publish. Repeat.” and the authors of that work have some impressive word-counts. As in, they’re writing in a week what I’d like to be […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: Bard of the Seelie Court

December is halfway over, there’s a week left in round four of ROW80—and there’s still so much to do. All the holiday shopping is done and I’m about halfway through wrapping presents, but I still have packages and cards to send out. And my little 13K novelette keeps getting longer and longer. I’m determined to […]

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