I give an update on life and writing after a short break from blogging and discuss how it feels to work on long-term goals.
Today, my husband watched my son (one of many times he has done this for me) while I finished the final draft of my first novel. And, amazingly, at the end of my writing session, I decided: It's done. It's ready. One caveat: I am having someone else look at it for small things and … Continue reading I Finished my Book. I Repeat: I Finished my Book!
A common piece of writing advice when it comes to characterization is to show rather than tell. But how do we do that? I have created an example scenario with one possible way to do this for your characters. This is by no means the only way to characterize someone, but this is one possible tool. I … Continue reading What’s on the Fridge?: A Character Writing Exercise
If you know me, you've probably heard about my family's crazy days. I often end up with a 2-hour total commute most days of the week. Needless to say, our family is pretty busy! And as a new mommy, I need a few things to get me through my day and keep my energy up. … Continue reading Things that Help Me Through the Day
It's been a while. Hey there. Here's some updates on life and writing. Life I've cut out soy (in addition to the milk I already cut out) from my diet on the suggestion of my son's doctor. If you're just now hearing about my food elimination adventure, see my previous post about milk protein intolerance. … Continue reading Life & Write
I want to talk about a new philosophy I've learned as a mom. There have already been many of them, and I'm sure there will be many more. But this is the one I want to talk about, because it's the one I need most right now. Since my son was born, we've become well-acquainted … Continue reading One Poo at a Time
My son has entered the world! I have a beautiful, healthy, sweet baby boy. We're so happy and grateful for our new addition to our family! I've been taking a break from blogging to adjust to mommyhood. Even though it's been quiet here on the blog, I've still been writing. I'm currently 10,000 words deep … Continue reading We Made It!
As I sit here, I'm writing on my baby's due date. I can barely believe it's here. And yet, today is really just like any other day. Babies often don't come on their due dates. They come when they're ready. We'll see what happens! As I shrug off the anxious requests for updates with yet … Continue reading Today’s my Due Date
The Midwest has been experiencing our share of winter weather, and I hope all of you have been staying safe! I wanted to share a poem by Shekhar Aiyar published by Able Muse called Crash, Trance, Winter. I hope you take a few moments to read it, because it's only eight lines long! Even though it's a poem … Continue reading A Bite of Winter Word Candy
Your first draft is pretty crappy, kind of like your first attempt at making a cake from a box mix. Maybe only your loved ones are willing to look at it, and even they have to reach a bit to compliment it. "Oh, it looks so nice," they say. Really, though, a child probably could have done it. And maybe that child wouldn't have confused salt for sugar. Oops!