• Facts of Life,  Writing Journey

    Once There Was An Inspiration Ramble

    Do you remember how you felt when you got your first idea for a novel? Was it a lightning bolt of inspiration that jolted you into action? Or was it a dull cloudy day that you can barely even remember and you just kind of stumbled into it unintentionally? When I wrote my first novel, I wasn’t particularly inspired by anything. I think it was summer. I remember telling my sister about it on a Saturday while we waited for our turn at the salon. I just wanted to try writing a book. As I was twelve, I’m sure you can imagine how great it is. 🙂 Being that I was…

  • Writing Journey

    That End of Year Post: 2015 Edition

    I’m not going to lie – I accomplished very little writing this year. I don’t feel terrible because I accomplished other things and reached some other goals, but this is the first year I haven’t finished anything since 2010. From Day One, I had all kinds of issues leftover from 2014, because that was, in hindsight, a rougher year on the old brain than I initially thought. In January, I took the month off from writing after finishing my 2014 NaNo project, because I was depleted, and I thought some extra distance would help. For the record, it didn’t, and I half think I was just procrastinating because I didn’t want to edit…

  • Facts of Life,  Writing World

    The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side…

    A few years ago, I read some writing advice in which the author told unpublished writers to enjoy being unpublished while it lasts. At the time, I remember thinking, “Da-fudge? Heck, NO! I’ve been unpublished long enough!” She mentioned how when you’re unpublished, all of your deadlines are your own. If you’re working on a story and it sucks, you can just walk away because there’s a lot less pressure to finish it. I understand where she was going with that now. Even after you fall into the published circle, you can still always walk away from something that isn’t working. There’s just a different dynamic. You may be walking away…

  • Inspiration,  Motivation,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    That Time I Decided That Brainstorming Is The Best Thing Ever!

    As you know, last week was Thanksgiving here in the US!! I got to see my favorite uncle and cousins, the only time of year I get to see them, and it’s always awesome. 😀 This year I got into a discussion about characterization and YA novels with one of my cousins, who’s like 22 now! I remember when he was born. CRAZY! After all the yakking and laughing and what not, I’m feeling a lot better about the projects on my plate. (My dad made squirrel and dumplings! I hate eating those things, but he was so proud of himself, so I tried it, and it was really good. O.O) So,…

  • Facts of Life,  Writing Journey

    The Sky Is Falling!!…Or Not

    A couple of weeks ago, I had an a/c repair guy over to fix my unit because it stopped cooling AND stopped spinning outside. A week and a half later, I had another repairman over to fix a leaking faucet. Between these two events, I had two online purchases come in broken and had to deal with that. Then I got a sinus infection due to consuming a delicious caesar salad (which I can’t eat because of the parmesan, and I KNOW this! boohoo!) This same weekend I found out a publisher I wanted to query doesn’t like ghosts, and I have something that can be considered ghosts in my…