It’s not much of a surprise, since I already mentioned that this was the piece I worked on for NaNoWriMo, but I have a brand new title that I’m going to be releasing in early 2017! It’s called The Exile’s Memoirs, and it’ll be a blog/Kindle exclusive. This novella is centered in the same universe … More The Exile’s Memoirs
This November has really taught me a lot about what it means to write the first draft. And, oddly enough, I didn’t really understand the first draft until I’d written about a dozen of them. I think I’m starting to get it now, and as a self-proclaimed amateur writer and a damn fine looker-upper-of-things, I … More The First Draft
Well, last week I was going to prepare a lovely NaNoWriMo post for everyone, but got a bit sidetracked with a heavy dose of depression that really bogged me down. Everyone who has grown from darkness eventually returns to it, and this will be my life forever. And while that isn’t a very uplifting thought, … More Oh No WriMo
Everyone talks about having that one ride-or-die friend, but sometimes you have to stop and wonder… how good really is that friend? I mean, if they aren’t Marion Le Baron, how loyal can they really be? Marion values her friends and family above herself, in the selfless way that any hero would. That’s right, I said hero. … More Character Spotlight: Marion
Keeping with the spirit of Halloween, which is right around the corner, I’m bringing you today some lovely ideas on how to incorporate fear into your story this week. We start, with a gasp. Gasping is a sharp intake of air to display that we are shocked, frightened, excited, spooked, or otherwise scandalized. But why … More Gasp!
Wednesday already? Where has the week gone? I’ve mostly been holed up in my study or sitting on my couch with an angry face this week, when I’ve not been working in silence. That is because, my dear friends, I hit a snag. That’s right! Every writer’s worst enemy (besides writer’s block, no outlets available, … More Never Underestimate the Creative Value of a Good Meal.
Whoops! I had this ready on Wednesday, but I never actually posted it… Way to go, me. After many weeks, hearts unsure and temples aching as you peruse the EKD blog in hopes of reading about the spine-tingling event that is the Brookings Festival of Books, the wait is finally over. That’s right! I finally … More South Dakota Festival of Books
Often, it’s been said “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” If two painters are equally talented, but one of them is friends with a local art salesman and the other is not, one is more likely to succeed than the other. Whether or not we want to believe in the adage, it proves … More Who You Know.
It’s that time of the week, again! Time for the weekly update. I have some big news! Well, relatively big. It’s big for me! For one, I have some really cool bookmarks to advertise Spellbound and I have the perfect place to do that. In a few weeks, the annual Festival of Books is coming to Brookings, which is … More You Like Me, You Really Like Me!
Recently, I’ve started taking yoga classes at the local “Yoga Spot” in town. It’s been a lot of fun, and really helps me think and my body feel revitalized. I’m really enjoying it! This is what I plan to do during the fall to keep me busy and to help me stay in shape. I had originally … More Literature and Yoga