• Inspiration,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Plot Cards, World Building, & Talons…

    I’ve been reminded of a few things lately: write what you love, write what you know, and try new things. And I’ve been thinking, how can I do all 3 all the same time? First two yes, but all three! And I’ve realized last night that not only am I doing all 3, but I’m doing the very thing I’ve been trying to avoid for years: Writing YA and writing other-worldly fantasy. And I’m having a blast! Who knew. Magic is what I love, Fantasy is what I know, and the Other-World thing is very, very new.  I just didn’t think I had it in me. Every time I “went…

  • Inspiration,  Writing Journey

    The Epic Failure

      …You just gotta listen to yourself… I read a J.K. Rowling article recently in which she says when she got the inspirations for Harry Potter and her new book, The Casual Vacancy, she felt a rush of adrenaline when the idea sparked in her mind. Her words: “‘Obviously I need to be in some form of vehicle to have a decent idea,’ she laughs. Having dreamed up Potter on a train, ‘This time I was on a plane. And I thought: local election! And I just knew. I had that totally physical response you get to an idea that you know will work. It’s a rush of adrenaline, it’s chemical. I had it with Harry…