Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

It is an undeniable fact that breaking into the entertainment business is a tough road.  When most people talk about the “Biz” they are talking about show business – think film, television, and stage performing.  In reality, entertainment is so much more than that.  After all, outside of acting, there is comedy, music, and writing.  Yes, … Continue reading

That’s a Wrap.

That’s a Wrap.

For me, there is never a point where the story is over.  Whenever I think I am writing the next chapter, I always know what is going to happen next.  In the case of my latest NaNoNovel, The Eden Experiment, every time I reached my intended stopping point, it felt like I hadn’t told enough of … Continue reading

50K & Still Running

50K & Still Running

This is the fastest I’ve every ambled my way to 50,000 words in NaNoWriMo, and that includes last year where I stumbled over about 10k words in a day as Sparky excitedly discovered the delights of a traditional greasy diner. This is one of the hardest parts of NaNo for me… when the word count … Continue reading

Procrastination Station

I came on here to write a post on how I am illogically participating in NaNoWriMo again until I saw my last post and went, Aww, last time I was here, it was also NaNoWriMo! And then I scrolled down more.  And discovered it was NaNoWriMo a few posts before that, too.  After that, I came … Continue reading

NaNoWin #6

NaNoWin #6

Forcing myself to write a story under fierce deadlines with no forgiveness is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do.  Some days, it’s fun.  I certainly enjoy the challenge, and I thrive for the weight of half-a-ream of paper, with words I have written, to sit in my hands.  However, there … Continue reading

Jean Grey?  Just Say No.

Jean Grey? Just Say No.

For all of my enjoyment and indulgence of X-Men, I have always hated Jean Grey, aka, Phoenix.  This has nothing to do with Famke Jenssen’s performance in the live-action films.  In fact, given her codename is Phoenix, you think I would love her.  But I don’t.  Why? She’s too powerful. Okay, so I know she … Continue reading

Character Who?

Character Who?

As I have been editing Strange I have been more and more aware of my believed inconsistencies in Ariella’s character.  I want to her to be off-type for the characters that I usually create, but sometimes I feel as I write her she becomes mush or reverts back to what I am comfortable with.  That … Continue reading

Covered Up In Gorgeous

I think that one of my favorite things about writing is getting to create the covers.  There is something terribly exciting about seeing the visual representation of your novel – after all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  The cover of a book is so incredibly important – it is the first … Continue reading

Editing is Hard Work

Editing is Hard Work

While I know I am exceptionally, delightfully bad at updating any and all of my blogs, I must confess, my motivation to edit a novel isn’t much better.  I love, love, love tearing apart other peoples’, but mine… it’s harder.  My inclination is to rewrite.  And then my characters get bi-polar and plots get tangled … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo, Day One

NaNoWriMo, Day One

This is my third calendar year with NaNoWriMo, and my fifth novel (having competed in one of the summer sessions each year since the start).  Each year the challenges are a little different. Last summer, I wrote Sprite, which wrote more easily than any other novel I’ve written.  I wish I could say it was because … Continue reading

Book Review:  Eragon

Book Review: Eragon

  Series: The Inheritance Cycle (Book One) Published: August 2003 Page Count: 509 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Read Count: Four times. Duration: August 1st - August 10th Rated? Four Stars When young Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his adopted family meat for the … Continue reading

Secrets Between the Pages

Secrets Between the Pages

Imagine yourself alone, on a deserted beach with white sand and crystal clear waves crashing gently on the shore.  It’s warm, but a gentle breeze floats through the swaying palm trees and overhead, gulls circle lazily.  Sometimes, far out on the ocean, you see dolphins playing in and out of the water.  There is only … Continue reading