• Creative Writing 101,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing World

    Get Yer Writer’s Fuel: Conference Highlights

    Have you ever been to writing conference and came back all pumped up to write? Hopefully, if you’ve been to a conference, you have! And that’s exactly how I felt after this year’s Third Annual Creative Writer’s Conference of Middle Tennessee! After the first conference, I came back to writing all pumped up and ready to keep writing after what I saw as several hard failures – aka, several times of falling hard on my butt. After last year’s conference, I was in the middle of feeling good about myself (ha,ha), so I came back feeling like the world was my oyster, and I was a shiny special pearl. 😛…

  • Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Update #20 (September)

    🙂 Hiya! Fall is in the air…the leaves are changing! On a couple of trees anyway. They’re building a new gas station two feet from my neighborhood, ya know, right across the street from the other one. Glorious. I’m actually in the final break of an all day Writer’s Conference right now! So it’ll be a little while until I get to everyone, but I hope you’re all doing well! So, how’s the writing going, you ask? One work in progress update being served… 😛 Last report wordcount + chapter count: “Legion” = 16,784 words, Chapter 6 Current report WC + CC: “Legion” = 16,912 words, Chapter 6 “Nevermore” (formerly…

  • Facts of Life,  Motivation,  Quotes

    Pep Talking

    You have a unique perspective. Take 50 writers and put them in the a room with one objective: to write a romance between a lime and a raspberry, and you will get 50 wildly different stories. Will some of these stories have common themes? Of course they will, but YOU are the ONLY one who will write that exact story in that exact way. You’re the only one. Go ahead, whip up a quick little tale about a lime and raspberry romance. Case and point: My tale ends with the raspberry being carried away by a stately Blue-jay to it’s young, only along the way, the bird runs into a clean,…

  • Writing Journey

    When Something Just Isn’t Right…

    I still remember the night I suddenly, like really suddenly, just started to feel better about failing at querying for 7th time. I can’t explain it, but somehow, I just wasn’t upset at the notion of having to file DISCORD away anymore. Not because I didn’t love it. But because it didn’t matter. I have 40+ other ideas floating around in my head. And it’s like, I got some bites this last time. That means there’s hope. And I can keep going. And I have all these other ideas, and while it’s terrible to have to shelve something I slaved over, it’s not the end of the line. I really do…

  • Editing,  Movies,  Writing World

    A Stroll Through Editing Park & Gone Girl Thoughts

    A couple of weeks ago I found a screenshot on my computer that I took of an earlier version of DISCORD and found TWO typos right off the bat! They weren’t in the draft I sent out, but really?!! Anyway, folks, there are a LOT of different ways to edit out there. When I was organizing my latest revision notes for DISCORD, I was getting stressed out thinking of all the ways I could go about it. I’ve seen people make these crazy flow charts. I’ve seen people cut out tiny strips of paper and spread them out all over their room! I’ve seen people paste index cards all over their desk.…