Book Expo America, Modern Persuasion, and Finding Inspiration

Book Expo America, Modern Persuasion, Finding Inspiration

I talked about this story here and on other blogs, the story behind Modern Persuasion’s inspiration.  Today, I am going to go deeper into the story so you can understand where the idea came from. I have been attending Book Expo American since about 2005.  BEA is a conference dedicated to the publishing industry.  It’sRead more

Another April, Another Failed Camp NaNoWriMo And I Am Glad

Another April, Another Failed Camp NaNoWriMo And I Am Glad

Remember last April when I didn’t finish Camp NaNoWriMo?  No, well I did and this April I did it again.  Last time, I was merely OK with the failure.  This year, I am actually glad I didn’t finish.  Today I am going to talk about why I am very glad I failed at something IRead more

Getting Ready For Modern Persuasion

I’m Having A Week

This week brought some bittersweet news.  Just a week before Modern Persuasion’s cover reveal was set to take place, my publisher decided to permanently shut down. All rights for the book reverted to me as well as a few drafts of the book cover, all of which I had already knew weren’t right for theRead more

Mill Pages Volume 1 On Sale Now

After years of participating in National Novel Writing Month, a few of us started a small writing group: Mill Pages.  That group has grown over the years and we have been publishing our short stories, poetry, and art work through a few different things.  We put a number of those items together in one magazineRead more

Camp NaNoWriMo: 3 Days In

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017: Three Days In!

Happy Camp NaNoWriMo!  As I mentioned last week, I have a lot of writing plans on my plate for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo.  This is my chance to basically brain dump all my ideas so I can see what is ready to move forward. Snow Day = Writing 2000 words! In a freak April Fool’s DayRead more

Getting Ready for Camp NaNoWriMo

Getting Ready for Camp NaNoWriMo

We are just a few days away from April and that means it’s time for Camp NaNoWriMo.  For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a less intense program connected to National Novel Writing Month.  Instead of a firm 50,000 word goal, in April and July writers set their own goals.  This is theRead more

Camp NaNoWriMo plans

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Plans

I haven’t been writing any novels for the past month.  As I have explained before, I write during NaNoWriMo months: April, July, and November.  They are intense months, but I spend a lot of the rest of the year editing what I have written during past events. One thing I did this year was commitRead more

NaNoWriMo 2016

After NaNoWriMo 2016: Moving Forward

It’s time for me to consider what happens with what I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016.  There are two different projects to consider.  First, there is the background information for Northanger Farm.  This was an exercise to help Christi and me develop what we want to write.  To move forward I have to give Christi whatRead more

NaBloPoMo - Dec 2016

Compelling, Real Characters

I have a writing group that has a weekly morning chat for an hour(ish).  We sit with coffee and check in with our projects.  We are also therapy for each other.  We have been dealing with issues related to publishing our books, our job stress, our family stress, very minimal election stress, and anything elseRead more

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016: Reflections of a Municipal Liaison

For the past 13 years of writing during National Novel Writing Month, I have spent 12 of those years as a Municipal Liaison.  What is an ML?  We are community organizers, volunteers, and cheerleaders.  It is our job to make sure local writers have the support they need and want to get through the month.Read more