Debut Novel Coming Jan 2020!

I did it, friends! My debut novel is in the self-publishing process – with a tentative release date of January 2020. Those of you who’ve followed along on this journey likely recall my many claims of “finishing” my book; draft after draft after draft. I held it tight, afraid no one could love it asContinue reading “Debut Novel Coming Jan 2020!”

Novel Update

After completing the latest draft of my YA novel, I read through the content with an objective perspective and asked myself the hard questions: Do I want to keep reading? Do any key elements get lost in the dialogue or subplots? Are there any characters that don’t move the story forward? Who is the storyContinue reading “Novel Update”

Day 97 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 97: Lessons Learned at the Local Library Yesterday, I took my 4.75-year-old niece to our local public library for some free entertainment. It got us out of the “sit on the couch and watch a princess film” rut, sparking imaginative play for her andContinue reading “Day 97 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 66 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 66: In Wrinkle in Hobbit’s Time The last of the three films in THE HOBBIT series opens in theaters today across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and both THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and THE HOBBIT:Continue reading “Day 66 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Third Times a Charm

It’s been a productive few months. In my prior blog entry, I wrote about how I somehow managed to lose the most recent version of Part 2 of my novel. Since then, I had to admit that I’d gone off-course. I got so intrigued by the secondary characters and their subplots that I made myContinue reading “Third Times a Charm”

Stuck in the Middle

Quite literally actually. This is very difficult for me to come to terms with but…I have misplaced the most up-to-date version of Part 2 in my novel. I have a version saved but I know that I made significant changes in story, tense and dialogue. I’ve looked in all the places I would’ve saved aContinue reading “Stuck in the Middle”

One down, two to go!

Part one of three sections in my YA novel is edited and ready for family and friends to read.  I welcome constructive feedback, yearn for honest criticism and welcome both praise and “eh, it was okay” comments.   I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll reiterate it once again…I love, love, love the direction of this story. Continue reading “One down, two to go!”

Done yet?

Did I really think my novel would be ready in a year? Yes – actually i did.  I thought the mere fact that I finished a book would somehow be enough good energy to push open publishing doors.  That people would flock to read my creation simply because I wrote it.  Sure, I figured there’d needContinue reading “Done yet?”

Perfection: My roadblock

I’ve never thought of myself as a perfectionist.  I procrastinated, second guessed and doubted throughout most of my high school and college career. “Was I writing about the right topic? Was I getting my point across? Will the professor like it?” All these worries worked on my self-esteem until I ended up putting off theContinue reading “Perfection: My roadblock”

Manuscript compliments

Being humble has its moments.  But not right now.  Here are just a few compliments I’ve received about my manuscript. “A fairytale.” – I am most definitely a fairytale kinda girl.  I grew up with them, loved them, treasured them.  I adored stories with happy endings, strong female characters with journeys to travel, and ofContinue reading “Manuscript compliments”