• Facts of Life,  Fun

    Personality Disorder

    Firstly, there’s a fun WHISPER Interview up on Sunflower’s Blog. Go read it. ^_^ So, I’m an INTJ according to 16personalities.com – This makes me an architect, “imaginative and strategic.” ^_^ When I first heard of the test, via my brother, out of a book, I think, I don’t remember exactly what I got. I think it was INTP (which doesn’t fit as well as INTJ, unfortunately and honestly – because INTJs are a mess) – but all I know for sure was that I was offended. I didn’t like being called an “introvert” back then, you see. I didn’t realize how awesome we are until someone sent me a list…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Fun,  Mechanics,  Movies

    Watching TV Makes You A Better Writer

    Have you ever considered a trip to the movies to be writing research? Or that weekend binging Xena, Warrior Princess?  If you haven’t, I’m about to explain why you should consider changing your mind. We can learn a lot about writing from movies because one, movies are written before they’re filmed, and two, it’s a great way to learn about pacing and characterization, especially if you watch movies with a full vest of spy gear on like I do. 😀 Think about it. Have you ever watched a movie and thought the pacing was slow or someone’s motives were unbelievable? Of course you have. To be honest, that’s how I learned…

  • Books,  Characters,  Fun,  Inside Information

    Character Profiles: Winter’s Siren

    WINTER’S SIREN is now available on Kindle Unlimited if you’re a subscriber. For fun, I’m going to do some character profiles for some of the main players: Fawn & Devi and Viktor & Andrew 🙂 First Name: Fawn Last Name: Unknown Age: 22 Birthplace: Bolivia, South America Location of “Adoption”: Venezuela, South America Hobby: Daydreaming but not the fluffy cloud kind of daydreaming Occupation: Prima Donna of a secluded opera house Fears: Birds, large and small Random Fact: Was abandoned because her mom didn’t think she could afford to raise her First Name: Devi Last Name: Stron-Formes Age: 21 Birthplace: Montana, USA – Smoky Mountain Region Education: Personal Tutor Hobbies: Reading fairy tales…

  • Excerpt,  Fun,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    First Lines & Opening Sentences: Anniversary Edition

    You’re in for a treat today! In celebration of the month I finished my first ever novel project – 21 years ago – I’m embarrassing the crap out of myself by pulling out the opening sentences of some old projects and displaying them for your enjoyment, because we all need a good laugh sometimes. 😀 Note: Unless otherwise stated, the stories have a contemporary/modern-day or near-future setting. If the story is finished, I’ll put the date, otherwise it’ll just be marked as abandoned. 😅 Untitled First Novel (romance?) – circa 1997 “Beep! Beep! Beep!” I turned off my alarm clock and opened my eyes. I looked around my room. Analysis…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Fun,  Indie Author Life,  Writing World

    Finding That (kind of) Perfect Title

    So, NO REST FOR THE WICKED is not a unique title. It was just, “I like it. It’s a great fit. I’m going with it. I’m done.” Some other titles I considered are “Legion” – the working title and “Taker of Lives” – which I really liked for about two minutes. I know. I’m a title genius. 😬 Sometimes coming up with the title is the hardest part of the writing process!! I have a story in the queue titled “Whisper.” My original working title was “The Shades of my Shadow.” That title was insulted. I didn’t think it was all that bad, and it was just placeholder title, but I did…