Sunday ROW80 check-in

I’ll keep this one short. We’re planning to close on our new home this week, so soon my life will be a whirlwind of boxes and paint brushes as we move in, prep, and unpack. But last week was a slow week at my in-laws’ farm, spent writing and taking long evening walks. Looking forward […]

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Slow Going: A midweek ROW80 check-in

One of the great parts of being a writer, especially a fantasy/paranormal writer, is all of the fun research we get to do. I did a post a while back about researching taffeta, and for my latest WIP, “The Hedgewitch’s Charm,” I’m having just as much fun. So far I’ve researched aura colors, healing herbs, […]

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Strengthening Our Storytelling: Midweek ROW80 check-in

I’m always awestruck when I go to the symphony. The idea that a composer could hear all of those different instruments in his or her head and find a way to combine them all that’s both unique and pleasing just fascinates me. And then, one day, I realized that as writers we do the same […]

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Back after a blogging break: ROW80 midweek check-in

Well, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve blogged, but here I am. It’s hard to believe that it’s June and the second round of ROW80 is almost at an end. Here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks: Took a trip to Missouri to visit friends. I finally got to see the […]

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Midweek ROW80 check-in

It has been a hectic and anxiety-provoking week in my household. Since Monday, our 15-year-old beagle, Angel, has been at the vet’s office on an IV. Her liver values aren’t very good and she’s having problems with her gallbladder and one of her kidneys. So, much of my time has been spent in vet’s offices. […]

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Kicking off the new year: 2015 ROW80 round 1 goals

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, but here we are in 2015. This is going to be a year of revising for me, as I created a lot of first drafts in 2014. A friend recently asked me if I had any New Year’s resolutions in place, and I usually don’t—I […]

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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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The one-year mark: Sunday ROW80 check-in

Yesterday marked one year since I left my day job to write full time. I’ve learned a lot over the last year, and I’ve put a decent number of words on the page. There are things I miss—the collaboration, the social aspect of working in an office—but the benefits have been worth it. I’ve grown […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: “A ghost situation.”

For today’s WIPpet, I’m sharing a bit of my current WIP, “Haunted Kisses.” For those of you who aren’t familiar, WIPpet Wednesday is the brain child of author K.L. Schwengel. It’s an opportunity for writers to share their work. Click here to support other WIPpeteers! This week’s math is simple. Here are 19 sentences for […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: Meet the goblin master

I just finished doing a read-through of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic,” so this week’s excerpt is from that story. This is the scene in which Maddy and Michael meet the goblin master, the right-hand man of the warlock who’s spent decades hunting down Maddy and her ancestors and tormenting them for sport. (Maddy’s a […]

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