If you’re not a writer seeking publication, you won’t know how this feels. But I’ve begun querying a new project. This is my third time doing this in six years of writing and self-publishing. Fourteen days ago I received four requests for manuscripts from various agents. For the first time ever, my queries produced movement toward the next step. Fourteen days ago I leapt for joy. For about five minutes. And then the waiting began. This. Is my story. I check... Read more »
Okay, so it’s not really my first New Year’s resolution. Usually I don’t spend much time focusing on this holiday, or any holiday really. Birthdays, anniversaries…that’s all stuff that causes you to have to stop and take a broad look at your overall timeline, and I much prefer to live in the here and now (see Instagram post below).
A gift from a kind friend to help me on my #spiritualjourney. I’ve been seeking to live in the present for many years. I can’t believe how t
As the year winds down, I’m already getting motivated to fill 2016 with a wide array of achievements. I hope to publish two more Fidelity books as well as a stand-alone romantic comedy. The standalone is what I’m working on now, actually, except that I took a break to blog a bit. I’m super excited about this one. You know you’ve got something good when you’re fully entertained while writing it. The story centers around Ivy, this standup rancher’s daughter... Read more »
One of my favorite things to do that fills some kind of creative need in my soul that I don’t get anywhere else…is baking bread. I don’t know what there is about it. I think just the time it takes and the fact that you’re up to your elbows in it. It’s this messy, labor-intensive work that results in something ancient yet still relevant today. And then you feed your family with it.
I don’t know, it’s a beautiful thing. Anyhow, here’s my latest. Just a whole meal sourdough. Took about t
I know everyone’s got something to say about the new pay-per-page model of Kindle Unlimited. I don’t want to get into whether it’s fair or not, I’ll just say that so far, I’m happy with it.
And one of the reasons why is because of this unexpected effect. You know, when people buy or borrow my books, I never really know if they’re reading them unless they tell me or post a review. But with the new KU dashboard, I get to actually see people reading my work on a daily basis.
In a Facebook group with some lovely fellow authors, we did a 500 word short story challenge. This photo was offered as a prompt. Below is the story I crafted based on that prompt. I was playing around with building tension. Let me know what you think!
He’s short for five, but even if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be able to see over the edge of the blue, concrete wall surrounding the tank of sting rays. Not without a ladder.
“A guy got killed last month, did you hear?
Recap: As I read through Fifty Shades of Grey for my first time ever, I’m blogging my thoughts. So far, this is where I am. Ana has met Christian. Christian has “stalked” Ana–this is either creepy or not based on your personal definitions of what constitutes stalking. Christian says she should stay away but can’t stay away himself. Ana gives in to desire. Virginity is appropriately dispensed with. Sex contract has been delivered and read. And now I’m at chapter 12.
1. She as
Okay, just to update…I’m reading Fifty Shades of Grey for the first time and sharing my thoughts as I go. So far it’s pretty good. It probably would have had more shock factor for me if I’d read it four years ago, but I’m into it. Here goes:
1. Christian’s mad that she’s a virgin and didn’t tell him. This, for some reason, angers me. He was willing to initiate her knowing she was innocent, but apparently didn’t know she was THAT innocent. This whole elevation of virginity as some sain
1. Ana’s subconscious is its own character. And she’s an intrusive, wildly unpredictable little bitch. Reminds me of Tinkerbell.
2. Every time Grey commands Ana to “come” my mind goes directly to the dirty use of that word, which I think is a commentary on our times. Because pre-50-Shades, it would have never occurred to me.
3. Cannot believe she drunk-dialed.
4. Phlegmatically…NICE word!!!
6. I’m gonna say I’m not a share-someone’s-toothb
1. Off the bat, I don’t hate Anastasia as I expected I would. She has a lot stronger voice than I expected, given all the criticism I’ve seen and heard over the past few years. So far, she’s a good Every-Woman.
2. Oh, God, she fell into the room??? I hate awkwardness. Can’t handle it in real life. I just want to close my eyes, but I can’t or we’ll never get past it.
3. So a lot of color/word play here. Lots of grays and whites and metals and stones. Some people might say, “Gra