Pass, Fail, Promise: Recent Reads

Sorry, that's the best theme I can come up with this time. Pass: Brimstone by Cherie Priest I got this book at the last Steampunk Symposium, after sitting through a couple of panels with the author. Aside from being a lovely, funny person even when severely sleep deprived, Cherie is also very keen on her… Continue reading Pass, Fail, Promise: Recent Reads


#HouseCupReadingChallenge Check in

I started off this week by clearing my current reads off the shelf: 205 pages in The Steep and Thorny Way  90 pages in Historic Hotels of Columbus, Ohio 357 pages in The American Heritage History of WWI I listened to this on audio, and based the page count on the hardback edition with the same… Continue reading #HouseCupReadingChallenge Check in


Nano Boot Camp: Week 6

Up to this point, we've been taking it relatively easy. From here on out, however, we're going to concentrate solely on our Nanowrimo projects. Use this week to wrap up any creative loose ends. Finish any ongoing projects, and clear off your desk. Write 1000 words per day--at least 30% needs to be focused on… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 6


Spooky Books for October

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and what better way to celebrate than with some spooky, creepy books? If you want the synopsis of each of these books, just click on the title to see the Goodreads page. Dracula--A classic. Can you even have a list like this without it? The Yellow Wallpaper--Creepy. Psychological. Feminist. What… Continue reading Spooky Books for October


Nano Boot Camp: Week 5

We're more than halfway there, now! Are you feeling the pressure? Write 1,000 words per day Write 6 days per week Begin outlining. Commit either the first two chapters to paper, OR sketch out a rough idea of the overall plot arc for the book. Identify the opening scene, the turning point, the low point,… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 5

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Quarterly Writing Check In

There's only 3 months left in 2017 (when did that happen?) And with one of them taken up by Nanowrimo, I thought I should check in on where I stand with my 2017 writing goals. ALL FOR ONE–Not only did I finish writing and editing this book, but I also entered it in a contest,… Continue reading Quarterly Writing Check In


A little something different…

Do you know what a Readathon is? It's exactly what it sounds like--a reading marthon. For some, that means trying to read for a set number of hours straight. Other times, it's as simple as just trying to read more for a week or two weeks, or a month. I recently heard about this readathon… Continue reading A little something different…


Nano Boot Camp: Week 4

It's October now, time to start getting into some advanced-level prep work. Write 750 words per day Write 6 days per week Continue researching. Start working with your characters. Create a cast list, and include a few lines of description for each of your main characters. You may want to print this off so it… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 4

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September Wrap Up

It's that time again! Send out at least 1 query every week Haven't done this yet, but doing it right now. Release The Spider’s Web on Amazon Reduce the yarn stash by 50% Hahahaa! Nope. The thumb I injured a couple of years ago has been acting up, so knitting has been minimal this month.… Continue reading September Wrap Up


Nano Boot Camp: Week 3

We've been escalating quickly the last couple of weeks, but now it's time to knuckle down and really get in the habit of getting those words down. Before I started writing professionally, I always felt like 750 words was the hardest hurdle. 750 words per day Write 5x per week Continue with your research. Hopefully… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 3