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
I thank you for your continued patience and support, during the week of thankfulness that is this one. Please, do not pass any chimp at your dinner table, either. Especially not to me. I’m going for an all vegan meal this year! However, due to the holiday, there will not be a blog update from … More Pass the Chimp, Please.
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!
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
Adventure! Government conspiracies! Intergalactic war! Sound good to you? Well don’t forget about Super powers! Romance! Betrayal! Yeah, seriously, how could it get any better? Maybe with Loveable, dynamic characters! The fate of the world in the balance! And if you need any further prompting after all that, there’s a telepathic dog. If any of those things … More The Lorien Legacies
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
Sorry for the delayed post, everyone. Unfortunately, I was extremely busy but what else is new? I just didn’t have time to sit down and jot down everything that needed to be done – so, to make it up to you, I’m combining the two posts into this one massive super-post. Complete with twice the … More Misadventures in Concerts and Staying Inspired: Open Mic Night