NaNoWriMo and Writing: Writing Every Day

I think the one advice almost every author has given is that you need to write every day.  The idea, from the way I understand it, is that by writing every day we make progress and move forward.  It is making writing a habit and routine rather than another obligation we need to find timeRead more

NaNoWriMo Adventures 2016: Day 7

Every NaNoWriMo is different for me.  All I know about how I write is that I do it best with a 30 day/50,000 word goal.  Other than that, there are no rules.  No, that’s not accurate: I also cast my characters.  A lot of time is spend casting who would play this character among celebrities.Read more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Final Wrap Up

The month of October ends today as does the Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long.  It has been an interesting month and thank you to Maureen who stuck through the month and read with me (even when she got behind). Reading the book slowly was an interesting experience.  It was like being back in high school, but withRead more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Week 4

Today we are wrapping up our discussion with Volume 2. This part of the story focuses primarily on Catherine with the Tilney family at Northanger Abbey. To me the book felt like two completely different stories.  Volume 2 not only changes our setting, but the focus of Catherine.  She goes from trying to navigate society toRead more

Weekly Reading: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

There is something about reading your parent’s favorite books.  I have read my father’s favorite books often.  The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were part of my childhood and adulthood.  Dune wasn’t something I could wrap my head around until I was in my 20s.  My father’s love of Napoleonic era Navy books areRead more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Christi

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Christi

She was inspired by one of my best friends, so the fictional Christi shares many qualities with her real life counter part.  Not all the characters have a prominent place in the book, but they drive the action forward. In the book, Christi is Fredrick’s editor.  I can’t really describe her more because… well, spoilersRead more

I am starting a newsletter!

I have decided to make life a little more complicated for me by starting a newsletter! Why?  Well, I am not entirely sure how easy it is for everyone to keep up with everything.  Not everyone is on Facebook, not everyone cares about this blog, and not everyone is watching my webpage.  So, I amRead more

Weekly Reading: Go Set A Watchman

I have been on the waiting list for this book for months.  MONTHS!  I feel like I have to start this post by admitting that I do not have the passionate love for To Kill A Mockingbird that so many people have.  I get the passion, but this is not the book I feel itRead more

Don’t Forget To Sign Up- Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long

How is it almost mid-way through September already?  I swear, I am going to wake up tomorrow and it will be my 41st birthday. I just want to remind everyone that I am doing a Read-a-Long for Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.  You might as well participate.  I mean, we are going to discuss it here.Read more

I Feel Stabby

One of the big projects I am working on is creating a universe from some very bad fan fiction mashups in my past.   See, much of what I wrote for NaNoWriMo in the first, oh, 10 years, was me writing elements of a story I had in my head, but was primarily my versionRead more