• Books,  Facts of Life,  Inspiration,  Writing Journey

    Big Magic & Turning Points

    Over the weekend I finished BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert, and I have to say right off the bat, GO GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK NOW! There’s nothing like reading a book by someone who understands the crazy roller coaster writers go through on a regular basis. Barely halfway through the book, and I was back on the computer with my story after nearly two weeks of doing nothing. I feel like this book was an extended hand, reaching down to help me pull myself out of yet another writerly pity party. I have a feeling I’ll be reading this book multiple times. 😉 It wasn’t like this was a…

  • Facts of Life,  Fun,  Motivation,  Writing Journey

    The Very Definition of Insanity

    Today’s post is inspired by something I saw during a season three episode of Parks & Recreation: WORD CLOUDS!! ^_^ Recently, I had another writing meltdown. My sister gave me a pep talk and then sent me a motivational video on YouTube that night that I watched it in the middle of watching Beetlejuice. Somewhere in the days after that, and another silly horror flick from the late 80s/early 90s era, I reflected on another horrible meltdown I had that resulted in me writing absolutely nothing for two years. Sure, I thought about it all the time, but I wouldn’t even try. Early in 2012, about a year after I started writing…

  • Pity Party

    Somewhere On the Other Side of the Writing Cave…

    I was hoping to be outlining my next project this week or at least getting a head start on it. However, in typically me fashion, I’m being bombarded with insecurity and doubt over the new idea. I know this happens with everything I write, but the difference with this one is a couple of things: 1) It’s a medieval time period. I have another idea that’s set in medieval times, I’ve only just realized, but that is part of a series and only the first book is in the past. The rest will be modern day, and for some reason, the time period in that particular project isn’t bothering me…

  • Pity Party,  Story Graveyard

    Pity Party

    start pity party This will be the very first time I’ve had to throw a story away I couldn’t find anything wrong with (I don’t see a lack of a full fledged love story as a problem, but maybe it is.) To say this sucks is an understatement. All that work (writing, querying, researching agents) just down the drain…all for nothing. I don’t ever to want to go through with this again. But I guess I have to. If I don’t submit my new story, I won’t be able to live with myself until I do. I have to try. So I might as well get it over with…when it’s…