January 11th, 2017

Knowing Your Limits as a Writer

Someone I know is going through a personal tragedy that has rocked my insides to the point I can’t think about it without bursting into tears. The idea of dealing with something like this paralyzes me.

I was talking to a writer friend about it and her response was typically writerish – “Oh my god, […]

January 2nd, 2017

What word will guide your writing life in 2017?

The start of a new year has most of us reflecting on the previous year and making grand plans for the coming year. I don’t make resolutions. To me, they’re empty wishes. I set goals. And each year, I think of one word that will guide me through the year and keep me on track […]

November 9th, 2016

Conquering about-to-be-published fears

My debut comes out in May. It’s exciting. And terrifying.

btw, The Distance Home is on Goodreads if you want to add it to you TBR list and it’s available for pre-order if you’re inclined. Cat not included. 🙂

A box of galleys arrived a week ago. Even before I had the box completely […]

October 12th, 2016

3 Reasons Why Quitting is an Option

“Oh my god, I’m going to burn this manuscript and get a job grooming Guinea Pigs.”

Okay, so maybe you didn’t want to become a Guinea Pig groomer. But I’m guessing all of us, at some point or another, have threatened to make s’mores on a bonfire from the worthless piles of paper we thought […]

July 6th, 2016

Harnessing the chaos of Story ADD

Last week I talked about my problem with Empty Story Nest Syndrome. Let’s not confuse ‘no WIP’ with ‘no story ideas’ though. That brings me to today’s topic — story squirrels. You know, the “ouuuu, shiny” idea that tries to muscle out the others. See, in addition to suffering from ESNS, I’ve developed a rather […]