Inspired by the Storm

I’ve been obsessed with storms lately. I blame my current WIP, White Wolf, Red Cloak, a contemporary fairy tale retelling that takes place in the Great Smoky Mountains in the middle of what the media has dubbed the Storm of the Century, a wicked blizzard that leaves the characters snowbound in a log cabin. As […]

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5 inspirational writing quotes

I thought I’d kick off a new week—or end an old one—with a list of some of my favorite writing quotes. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. (Quote images made at Quozio.)       Sunday ROW80 check-in: Writing: Finish a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Finished! Write […]

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A letter to myself as a fledgling writer

Dear fledgling writer-self, What words of “wisdom” can I impart to you, now that I’m a bit further down the writer’s road? Perhaps, these… Read voraciously. Read like you did when you were a kid, devouring every book in sight like a ravenous werewolf. Have adventures—both on and off the page—because without adventure there’s no […]

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Approaching the finish line!

I’m closing in on the home stretch of my WIP, “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic.” In fact, I’m hoping to finish it this afternoon! It looks like the story will weigh in at around 33-34K—a little longer than my original estimate of 30K, but not by much. Since I’m up to my eyeballs in story work, I’ll […]

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Take a hike. Get a life: Goal overload, chatter, and the creative self

The world is a noisy place, full of car horns, ambulance sirens, voicemails, and endless chatter. Some people thrive on the chatter; for me, too much information makes my brain hurt. I cultivate places of stillness in my life where walls of silence keep the chatter at bay. Without those walls, the creative parts of […]

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Making Dreams Come True: Are dreams just for fairy tales?

As I venture down the path of my life, I have to wonder if we really can make our dreams come true. How much of life is luck, fate, and serendipity? Perhaps some of life is luck: being in the right place in the right time, writing the right book at the right time, meeting […]

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Sneaky motifs: What’s your secret little write-obsession?

While mulling over a new novella I’m working on, it dawned on me that there is a motif that flows through nearly every story that I write. It’s not something as abstract, as love (which is a given, considering my genre) or redemption or healing (though those are common ones) or any sort of existential […]

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