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…

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…

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…

Fall 1st Page Critique Blog Hop

I’ve been meaning to set this blog up for months. MONTHS. This week, a sick day and Michelle Hauck’s blog hop gave me the perfect excuse to finally get it done. You can leave feedback in the comments, and I’ll be hopping around over the next few days to return the favor. If you’re interested in joining (YES,…