Following My Dreams into an Artistic Career

…once I pinpoint what they are exactly! BACKSTORY In all my time as a mentor to teenagers, I spouted the idea of believing in yourself and following your dreams.  That’s wonderful advice which would be even more valuable if I took my own insights to heart.  I have many “dreams” and coordinating skills but haveContinue reading “Following My Dreams into an Artistic Career”

Story Time: Why Reading My Work Aloud Strengthens My Writing

The art of verbal storytelling is strong in my family.  With both Irish and Native American ancestors, you’d think I’d have a natural inclination to recite stories with intrigue, precision, and insight.  I do…but only when I write them down. “How was your day today, Kelly?”  Seems like an easy-enough question, right?  Not for meContinue reading “Story Time: Why Reading My Work Aloud Strengthens My Writing”

The Love of an Aunt Holds No Bounds

Family in its various forms inspired the creation of my premier novel.  One of the key relationships is the one between my protagonist, Gracie, and her oldest cousin.  More like sisters, the two bonded very early on.  They spent years apart yet they share a connection that could very well help heal their entire family. I’ve spentContinue reading “The Love of an Aunt Holds No Bounds”

An Artist’s Dream

“I had interesting dreams last night.” Those words escape my lips at least 3-4 times a week, but I seldom write down the details.  Even now, as I sit at my laptop and draft this blog post, flashes of the dreams slow my typing. I believe very firmly in the power of dreams – notContinue reading “An Artist’s Dream”

Ashes, Ashes, I Won’t Fall Down

Summer started beautifully.  My West Coast family came to visit for a few weeks, trips to amusements and NYC were had and healthy eating was all the rage.  Plus, I was making significant progress in my novel and looked forward to its completion.  Then, it nearly went up in flames – literally!   The apartmentContinue reading “Ashes, Ashes, I Won’t Fall Down”

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”

Character Representations

I visualize my characters as living, breathing manifestations of people I love, those I’ve met and artists who inspire me.  In that vein, because my characters are important to  the world in which the story exists I have certain actors and actresses that I can see portraying them when the novel is made into a film.  NoticeContinue reading “Character Representations”

Assembly Required

My {Title Yet to Be Determined} novel is currently under construction.  As I near the end of the editing phase I am assembling all 3 parts of the story together; into one cohesive unit.  From there, I will re-read the piece from start to finish and stop messing with it!   All the feedback I’veContinue reading “Assembly Required”