Writing isn’t always an easy thing to see. I have a novel that has had me stumped for about a year now. The plot arc is complete. It has a beginning, middle, and end. The characters are all there. But I know it needs work–a lot of work–and knowing where to “put my pen” has evaded … More The Arc of Understanding
Happy Monday, Y’all! And for all you school-types, happy only-a-month-and-a-half-left-of-school! This past weekend was fall break and I went with my in-laws to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I love my in-laws, they are completely fantastic, and I love Pagosa Springs so it was a pretty fabulous weekend. This weekend I got to do nearly all of … More Meet Me Monday: Colorado and Considering Novellas
I love shoes! It’s no big secret; I would buy shoes until they were overflowing from my shelves and closet to the point of risking my life with the potential for being buried in an avalanche of my own shoes. When I am in need of inspiration or encouragement I like to window-shop online and … More Five for Friday: Shoe Advance
“Works in Progress” are such nebulous things. Even the finished ones aren’t really finished and it’s easy to lose sight of the future and a concrete, published, printed book when you spend so much time thinking about the word document, saved and version dated on your flash drive that always needs revision and attention or gets … More Works In Progress
Happy Monday, y’all! I had an awesome weekend. Autumn made a grand entrance Saturday morning and has officially stolen the show from late-lingering summer. Autumn in New Mexico is glorious. It’s cool, crisp, and overcast. The leaves are changing and we have Balloon Fiesta so every time you look up, you’re practically guaranteed to see a … More Meet Me Monday: My Writing Routine
The Golden Apple received 5 stars from Readers’ Favorite! … More A Golden Review!
Rejection is part of the life of a writer. I would say, on average, I receive 3 to 4 rejections each week from literary magazines, publisher, and agents to whom I have submitted my work. At this point, I’m mostly used to it. I respond kindly, track the query in my spreadsheet, move it to … More Rejection, my old friend.
There is nothing quite so affirming for an author as when you meet someone who has read your book and not only expresses their enjoyment, but who really got it. Since The Golden Apple’s publication in 2023 I’ve had the pleasure of attending 2 book clubs to meet some of my readers. This past Saturday I was … More Book Club Validation
My list of favorites changes almost daily, no matter the subject or category, so don’t hold me to this any time after tomorrow! My Five Favorite Books (For Now): 1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen This is a classic. How can you not love it? Elizabeth Bennett is so intrepid and avant-garde. Mr. Darcy … More Five for Friday