The writing community has given me several opportunities to feel like I'm celebrating Halloween even though I'm not leaving my house much these days. I wrote a story, "Pumpkin...and Spice" for a fun, free kid's Halloween podcast called The NoNap podcast. Additionally, I spent Friday evening participating in a NoSleep author panel for the HorrorCon … Continue reading Halloween Fun
Hello friends, It's been a long time since I've posted an update here, and for a reason. This winter, my dad's health took a turn for the worst, and in March, he passed away. I can't begin to explain how this has affected me, and the ripples that this event has sent coursing through my … Continue reading Some Darkness, Some Brightness, and Some Daughters of Darkness
This is early, but I'm thinking about Thanksgiving, and it is crazy to me to think about how much my life has changed just in the past few months. We moved to a new home, and then shortly after, my son started daycare when my parents went through major health struggles and could no longer … Continue reading Thanksgiving
Here I am, writing to you from the jungle of Nanowrimo. I'm in the middle of it. In the weeds. I've been doing great. Every day so far, I've written above the suggested goal. I'm learning a lot about how to incorporate writing into my lifestyle as a parent and about how to just level … Continue reading Some Thoughts about Nanowrimo
I spend a ton of time in the car since my son's childcare is pretty far away, so I listen to podcasts to help make the time go faster. That's how my obsession started, anyway, but now it has morphed into a general love for podcasts and I look forward to times I can listen. … Continue reading 5 Favorite Serialized Fiction Podcasts
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
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!