2015 Year in Books (and my favs!)

This was the first year I set a Goodreads challenge for myself, and I’m so glad I did. I was already planning to average a book a week (not counting all the lovely novels I was able to beta read this year), but one of the great things about Goodreads is getting that year in…

My Brain on Books

Last winter, way back before I began rewrites and revisions for my YA fantasy novel, I cleared out my garden beds. They were clean and organized with all of the little seedlings in tidy rows, and they had lots of growing space. Then, I began a rewrite. My brain was a mess of intersecting plot threads and character arcs. My garden…

Pitch Wars Mentee Bio

It’s Pitch Wars time!!! I didn’t participate last year, and I can’t even remember why. I wouldn’t have chickened out, because that’s not really a thing I do. I’m generally not afraid of heavy lifting, massive revisions, or tough love. But I do have charm resistance. Ok, that’s a another story for a different day. Here are ten (more relevant) things…

Prettying Up a Mud Pie: the many faces of self care

Some months just suck. April is one of those for me. Not only is it busy with holidays, husband travel, and springtime to-dos, but it’s an emotional minefield for me, overflowing with painful reminders. In other words, April is some triggery shit. One day near the end of March, when I was looking down the barrel of…

April Camp Time!

How did I deal with an emotionally draining March and the anxiety of a new month of events, obligations, and triggering time bombs on the horizon? I packed my bags and found a cabin. That’s right, folks . . . It’s April Camp NaNoWriMo time!!! I know, I know, I know. Why would I want…

Courage: Reflecting on 2014

The last few years, I’ve picked a word for the year ahead. I make goal lists also, but the word serves as my anchor. It’s a guiding value, and it becomes a filter for most decisions. I’m still deciding on my next word, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my previous…

My Favorite Reads This Year

I love hearing about what books others loved, so I figured a fun way to close out this year would be to share some of the books I loved reading this year. Note that this is not a list of books that came out this year, but a list of books I read this year.…

Dirt as a Blank Page

I’ve been battling some health issues for the past few weeks (months, if I’m being completely honest), and I am glad to say I’m finally beginning to feel a little better. I still need to sort some things out and I still have a long, slow (always slower than I’d like) road of healing ahead…

A New NaNoWriMo Experience

First, I want to start with a huge THANK YOU to everyone who left feedback on my first page post. It’s great to have lots of people look at an opening, and I’m always fascinated at how varied the opinions can be. I’ll take a closer look at all of the comments and incorporate the advice later…