• Inspiration,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing World

    Behold the Power of Fusion!

    As some of you know, I’ve decided to juggle two¬†stories. And it’s actually going well, as well as new projects go for me anyway. But when I first talked about it, writing buddy Karla said something about combining them! ūüėģ And I wondered…I knew it wouldn’t work because they’ve been in my head for months already. “Whisper” for over a year and Phantom Silence for about 8 months, but I played through it anyway to see what I would lose in each idea if I did (because once she mentioned it, I just couldn’t stop myself!) To summarize (cause no one sane wants to take that trip with me!), I…

  • Inspiration,  Writing World

    The Panels of UtopYA Con 2014

    The first one I went to was Expand Your Universe: A How-to Workshop for Newbies & Introverts #ExpandYourClump.¬†Out of everyone in the room, guess who gets singled out? Yeah. Me. I’m terrified of people, y’all, but it’s cool. Lol! They offered some helpful tips on things to say when you meet an author you like besides the typical: smile, nod, and tell them you like their book. Which is exactly what I did with the first author of a book I’d already read. Lol! They offered things like: What are you working on now? Where are you from? Is this your first time here? Things like that. I really, really…

  • Facts of Life,  Ideas,  Inspiration,  Writer's Block

    Diamond in the Rough

    Aladdin shout out. ^_^ Once upon a time, I remember I was going to talk about the benefit of having multiple story ideas. Back in the day, I had a constant supply of workable ideas thanks to my handy dandy writer’s crockpot, something I abandoned a few years ago when I was chin deep in a four book vampire series. After that needed to be shelved, I found myself completely without anything to work on. Not a fun feeling. Whenever I get a new idea, I run it through a kind of obstacle course.¬†If the concept is particularly woo-inducing, I give it permission to throw a one sentence pitch at…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing World

    “Fail Better Next Time”

    Middle Tennessee Writer’s Conference 2013 The last Saturday in September I had the privilege of going to my first ever Writer’s Conference on the MTSU campus sponsored by MTSU’s very own non-degree creative writing program: The Writer’s Loft. The itinerary included a energetic poet, an awesome historian, a quirky playwright, and two successful fiction writers. All quality speakers and I wish you could have heard the keynote speaker the most. He talked all about perseverance through failure. But I took notes, disjointed as they are, and have laid a few of them out for your viewing pleasure in an order I hope makes some kind of sense. Quotes & Helpful…

  • Inspiration,  Writing World

    Flood Gate

    Blank Slate Malady: You know that feeling…when you finish a story and your mind is completely blank and you panic and wonder if you’ll ever have another story idea again? insert melodramatic violin music here Stuck-Gate Syndrome: You have ideas…perhaps LOTS of ideas, but none of them are sticking and you can’t answer even basic questions like, “Why IS the antagonist after my MC?” insert hair pulling mode here One of the cures for Blank Slate Malady is to do something that scares you and push through it. Doesn’t have to be anything crazy like jumping out of an airplane. It can be something as simple as taking your laptop…