NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo: When All Your Plans Change

I think most people who have heard me talk or read this blog long enough to get to know me know I’m very goal oriented.  A friend, who has since passed away, often complained that I was so goal oriented that I rarely stopped to enjoy my success before I was on to the nextRead more

Modern Persuasion - Feature Image

Modern Persuasion, Emma, and Book Tours

Publishers and editors typically have nothing to do with book tours. I learned this as I asked authors, publicists, and publishers during my research for Modern Persuasion. Can you imagine how frustrated I was when I learned this? It put me in a small tail spin because, since I had quickly written my first draft,Read more

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Novel No. 2: Phi Alpha Pi coming May 2018

I know, Modern Persuasion still hasn’t been published yet.  That doesn’t mean I’m not working on other things.  I am thrilled to announce that my second novel, Phi Alpha Pi is going to be publishing in May 2018 with Illuminated Myth Publishing.  Phi Alpha Pi is a modernization of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in theRead more

Modern Persuasion Cover Reveal

Modern Persuasion Cover Reveal

I did it!  After a week of frenzy and input from so many people, I am happy to share the cover of Modern Persuasion. Some background and thank you’s first.  This was an amazing process.  One of the many reasons I wanted a publisher was to take care of things like this.  This is whereRead 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

The Publishing Notebook

Bullet Journal Minimalism: The Publishing Notebook

It has probably become clear that I love journals and the bullet journaling system works really well for me.  Since I am far more focused on function over design, I realized it made sense for me to have different journals.  I didn’t start keeping journals when I discovered bullet journaling, but it changed the wayRead more

Setting My Goals for 2017

Setting My Goals for 2017

There is a lot that is going to happen in 2017.  At the center of all of it is the publication of Modern Persuasion.  I have already been neck deep in the process of getting ready for the publication, but everything is going to change once it’s published.  Because of bullet journaling, I have beenRead more

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016: Reflections of a 12 Year NaNo Vet

After this year I have officially participated in NaNoWriMo 13 times.  I have won 12 times.  I have been a municipal liaison 12 times.  I have yet to publish anything from the November program, but come March one of my Camp NaNoWriMo novels will be published. I would not be a writer or author ifRead more

Can A Year Suck and Be Awesome At the Same Time?

Can A Year Suck and Be Awesome At the Same Time?

I am pretty sure everyone agrees that, at some point in time, 2016 sucked.  My family had this discussion at Thanksgiving.  We had a tough year.  Both my grandmothers passed away this year.  The election.  Other things happened that weren’t necessarily awesome. I protested; my year had been pretty awesome.  I got tenure, which cameRead more

OMG What If They Like It!?

There are only 4 months left until Modern Persuasion is published.  I am dealing with a whole new set of emotions and anxieties.  Some I anticipated, but there are quite a few I did not expect at all. I have passed through the phase where I worry what will happen if people don’t like theRead more