• DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Tips,  Writing Journey

    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Two

    Diary: WEEK FIVE The productivity high wore off this week, leaving me feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and like I hadn’t learned anything over the past month. This is when I decided to stop adding new things to read and do and just work with what I already had. This didn’t include articles, but it did include new books and webinars – I could always read more stuff later. Now, I really needed some sleep, and I really wanted to catch up on the few shows I watch. I kept up with Youtube, which was great, but I do like watching TV, too. This week, I also did beta edits on my…

  • Fun,  NaNoWriMo,  Writing World

    It was a dark and stormy night…

    …Kitty had just turned off her lamp when there came a soft knock on the door downstairs. Frowning, Kitty threw the covers off and paddled down to the front door. She rose up on her tiptoes and peeked through the peep hole. Given that it was dark and stormy outside, she couldn’t see more than a human-shaped shadow on her patio. “It’s nearly midnight,” Kitty whispered to herself. Who could possibly be knocking on her door at midnight. The shadow knocked again, just as softly as the first time. What should I do, Kitty thought. If she stayed silent, the person would never know she was up. Maybe they would…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing World

    “Find Your Teeth and Bite”: 2016 Conference Highlights

    Welcome to highlights from the Fourth Annual Fall Creative Writing Conference, sponsored by MTSU Write. This year, the conference, held the second Saturday of September, was under new management and we got BAGS!! And a mug. Very exciting. 😊 In addition to that, I got to take home the gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers and other gorgeous foliage on my table! But that wasn’t the only thing that changed this year. Previously, poetry, non-fiction, and fiction sessions were all lumped together in the same room – one after the other. I liked this because it was nice to get a little bit of everything. However, this year they did longer breakout sessions instead. All…

  • Books,  Facts of Life,  Mini Rants,  Reading,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Books & Stories & Rambles – July Edition

    This month marks the anniversary of my first ever finished “novel.” And every year around this time, I like to reflect. So, I’ve come to the realization that I do not have time to get feedback on “Legion” before Pitch Wars – especially considering the fact that I’ve barely started editing and by barely, I mean, I’ve read over one short paragraph. I also decided to start with Chapter Nine instead of Fourteen, just because. And I don’t feel bad for taking a break. The brain needed some rest and we (the brain and I) wanted to catch up on some shows and knock a book out before we got wrapped…

  • Facts of Life,  Writing Journey

    Distraction Track

    You know those creepy girls in Lifetime movies that stalk a guy they slept with once and then kill him? That’s me. Minus, the stalking and slaying and sleeping around. It just so happens, that every so often, I get super fixated on things. And lately, it appears that I’ve gotten quite obsessive about some things that I have never cared about in my life. I’m not talking about the time I spent an hour picking out brown eye shadow at Ulta? I left with 7 shades of the same freaking color! But I have a long history with brown eye shadow. 😀 No, I’m talking about stuff I really…