This is the only "job" I've ever had where it is fully acceptable to talk to yourself and make things up. I start a story and then the characters take over. I love character driven narrative. I like the natural flow of dialogue.
Every time I come to this space I feel like all I write are excuses, so I stopped coming here. I'm getting discouraged. I'm upset. There are less and less hours in the day it seems. I have a full plate before thinking about the (not even close to being finished) manuscript sitting open behind … Continue reading Excuses
I thought I would be further along writing the third book by now, but summer is so tough. It was tough last year, too, when I was working on To Hold and made the decision I would worry about it once the girls were in school for the year. That worked then. I'm fearful it's … Continue reading Steering the narrative
Monday was one of my favorite holidays, partially because of the meaning behind the celebrations and parades - our independence as a nation, our freedom, the open exhibition of pride in our country - but more because it's one of the few holidays that bring my family together. Swimming, barbecuing, visiting, and being "community." I … Continue reading Why do you sell them so cheap?
I have this really bad habit of forgetting to update my blog. It's mostly because for a long time there was a whole lot of nothing happening. Yesterday, I was going to take time to write here. But then, well, you know how it goes. You wake up on "release day" after hardly sleeping because … Continue reading That book I mentioned? Published.
But I'm not ashamed to beg sometimes. With that knowledge out there, I have a huge favor to ask ... If you happened to read that book I published last year and did not leave a review at Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads, please consider doing so. Reviews are not for me (though, I will admit, I … Continue reading Asking for help is a sign of weakness
According to Goodreads, I'm 12 books behind on my 2016 reading goal. Whoops. My 5-year-old religiously pushes on my belly and reminds me how squishy it is. She doesn't mention the fact I pushed out an 8-pound 6-ounce child four weeks ago. This cold weather shit needs to GTFO. I'm ready to enjoy a beer … Continue reading
I am full of self-doubt. Okay, let's take a step back. When I first start out writing a chapter, or even a paragraph, I have most of it laid out in my head or on a piece of paper or in EverNote so I can stay on task. And it's awesome. Everything about that chapter … Continue reading Devil in the details
I'm not here to get my name on a list. Sometimes I need to remind myself of that, particularly when my KDP reports look like this: It's difficult, though. I'm not going to lie. Now, I know what you might be thinking. "You're not promoting enough." You're right. I'm not promoting enough. But when I … Continue reading Promoting? *shrug*
I abandoned you, WordPress. But I'm far from sorry. My last entry left off with a challenge for myself - attempt to get my current manuscript to 50,000 words by the end of September. On most days I actually questioned my sanity because at the time I was under 35,000 words in, and while a … Continue reading Challenge, accepted