• Writing Journey

    Random Writing Thoughts

    Fun backstory: In 2008, I spent the entire year writing and editing one story. It was the first new novel in 5 years, and even though I knew the story would likely be terrible, I put my tiny amount of creative energy to work and did it anyway. That may not sound like a long time, but spending an entire year on one project was actual torture for me. I felt like I was trying to dig for treasure with my bare hands in the driest soil on earth. It was painful. Needless to say, that book wasn’t great. But it was the first time I had written a novel…

  • Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey

    Let’s Talk

    No big deal, but let’s talk, hmm? ^_^ So, I’ve debated on whether I should talk about this and how much to say, but this blog is, in part, a chronicle of my writing journey, and I want to be able to talk openly about writing-related things and not tip-toe around stuff or pretend like everything is okay. Long story short, I’m not self-publishing anymore. In a nutshell, it’s a stress issue. I never intended for writing to become an expensive hobby that I get little joy out of, but it happened. I underestimated the toll being responsible for everything would take on me. And I also thought I would…

  • Books,  Reading

    February 2020 Wrap Up

    Hiya! 😀 Things started off pretty slow, but I ended up with a pretty good reading month! I also got about 5k words written on the old work-in-progress. After January felt like it went on for five weeks, February felt like it lasted barely three, but that could be due to most of my productivity being in the last ten days of the month. Literally. I watched the first season of YOU on Netflix, about a bookstore manager who stalks this MFA student to make sure she’s “safe” and can be “trusted” with his tiny broken heart. It’s interesting but disturbing. I have questions. I almost want to pick up…

  • Quotes,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Buddies,  Writing Journey

    Writing Thoughts: Not Settling

    Why do you write? Seriously. Do you know why you write? There are people who write for entertainment. There are people who write to explore some kind of theme or message. Some writers want to go on an adventure. Me? I’m a very emotional writer. I’m not trying to “say” anything. I don’t make decisions based on things like “logic.” I had a writing friend point out last week that some people chase a “feeling” when they write. They want their stories to feel a certain way. Excuse me while I wax dramatic for a second, but I have never felt so understood in my life! It reminds me of this…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself)

    Mini Makeover Files

    After many months of putting it off, I finally changed the blog! Nothing dramatic, of course, obviously, I don’t like change. I tried to do something dramatic a couple of years ago, but it was too complicated, and it didn’t even fit my personality or anything. In my wildest website fantasies there’s an explosion of vines everywhere, but that would require someone who can actually build a website – i.e. not me – and this is a DIY project, so…no vines. Obviously I could have 2-D vines, and I tried to get that effect last time, but in fantasy land, the vines sway when you scroll. I know right? I…