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Camp Nanowrimo Games


If you follow my other social media, you may know that I just completed Camp Nanowrimo! If you’re unfamiliar, Camp Nano is an online community where writers challenge themselves to write a certain number of words in April. In November (the official Nanowrimo month) the goal is 50K, but for camp you can choose your own. I chose 100K.

After taking a year off since my last editing round, I’m returning to Selected – my fantasy murder mystery. So, as a way to reintroduce myself to the world and the characters, I challenged myself to spend the month writing backstory and scenelettes about them.

To keep things fun and interesting, I came up with a bunch of little games I could play with the characters. Here are some of them…

Pick two of the characters and a random word in the dictionary. Invent a scene. (This is actually something I do all the time, just because it’s a fun exercise and some of them turn out cute. Click Here for examples.)

Put together a group of two to five characters, and give them questions to ask each other. (I normally do these in MetaSpace so they can talk about being characters.)

Choose a page of the book at random and rewrite the scene making one of the following changes:

  • Write from another character’s POV. The whole book is officially from my main guy’s POV, so it’s nice to get that perspective.
  • Swap out one character for a different one. Challenging, and normally they ended in total disaster, but occasionally I could still make the scene work.
  • Change so one character has the exact opposite view from the real scene. This one feels weird. And that’s the point. If I can do a full 180 on a character’s opinion and it doesn’t feel wrong, then that’s a signal that I need to do more work on the character.
  • Change something in the environment – location, weather, time of day, etc. This is less about the characters and more about me training myself to pay attention to the influence of setting.
  • Assign characters to various classifications – Hogwarts Houses, Divergent factions, D&D alignments, etc. It doesn’t get me a lot of words, but it’s great fun.

Write scenes from events before the book started. This was where the bulk of my words came from.

Fill out character surveys. Again, this is something I’ve been doing for a while. Click Here for examples.

Write what other characters were doing ‘off screen’ during the scenes in the book.

Overall, I ended the month exhausted and with VERY sore wrists, but I also really felt like I’d learned a lot about the characters. I’ve only been editing for a few days (technically I started before Camp Nano ended, because I just couldn’t wait any longer) but I’m noticing that it’s a lot easier to pick out the sections where characterization is weak or conflicting.

And honestly, even if I didn’t reap any practical benefits from the month, I’d still say it was worthwhile. I’ve been doing serious stuff for a long time, so taking a month to just frolic around in the playground of my imagination was glorious.

Story Origins: Dove Without Wings


The conception of “Dove Without Wings,” my story in No More Heroes, actually had very little to do with me. It was the most ‘targeted’ story I’ve ever written, and by that, I mean that if I hadn’t earned a place in the anthology, there was literally nothing I could have done with the piece. I don’t normally take risks like that, but this project felt so unique and I was desperate to be part of it.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept behind No More Heroes, here’s the scoop. It exists in a world populated with an original cast of superheroes and villains. Prior to the book’s opening, a great ‘Endgame-style’ battle occurs, and the victors were… the villains! Omggg plot twist, yeah? So, the big question is: What do villains do when they have no more heroes to fight? Enter a fleet of authors (including yours truly) endeavoring to answer that question.

It’s a neat idea, and the neatness is compounded by the fact that all of the authors are essentially working with the same set of characters. When submissions opened, the editors posted a list of all characters and their personalities and superpowers, and then once they chose the stories they liked best, we were asked to edit them so that the characters showed continuity from one book to another.

So, you can see why I absolutely HAD to be part of this. It was honestly one of my more challenging projects – not just because the stakes were so high, but because I had to work with other people’s creations. I’d never done that before, or since, and it was terrifying to think that I didn’t have authority to shape them myself.

We were allowed to bring in our own original characters, as long as they weren’t part of the ‘villain club.’ So, I figured I would need someone really dynamic to properly anchor me into this story, and *cue fanfare* Zen arrived. I love working with this guy a lot. Even though he only exists in one short story, he shows up in my blog posts all the time. (Seriously, all the time! Check out some of his other posts here.)

He’s a math professor, and I definitely have an obsession with math, so that’s part of it. But also, I love his mix of ‘Everything is pointless, why bother,’ and ‘Let’s get this s*** handled.’ He’s gloomy, but perceptive. Curious, but bored. Stubborn, but resigned.

Once I had him as a main character, the story itself fell into place pretty easily. (Or at least, I had the outline. Actually drafting it was quite difficult for me. Remember, I’d never worked with borrowed characters, so it felt weird.) But after it was finished, this story represented so much of what really set my soul on fire: Villains, Math, Goodies and baddies striking a temporary truce, Little sentimental nuggets in the midst of tension, Plot twists… It was simply a delight to work on.

Even though the story can never be reprinted, and it can only exist within the context of this one specific anthology, I consider it an important part of my collection, and I’m glad I took the risk. It was worth it. If you’re interested in the anthology, you can find it here on Amazon, or I always have copies at my table if we have the good fortune to be at a convention together.

Weekend Coffee Share: How’s Quarantine going?



If we were having coffee this weekend, it would probably be via video chat. I would wave at you from across our respective screens, happy to see your face as always, but wishing we could meet in person. But I also wouldn’t complain about it, because I’ve been so fortunate through this entire pandemic, and I’m grateful.

Right off the bat (since this is how we greet each other these days), I would ask you if you took your temperature lately and make sure you were washing your hands. Then we would move to other topics, and I would ask you what you’ve been up to.

I am always interested in this question, but recently even more so. Social media for me is full of people discussing the scones they baked, or the progress they’ve made in that cute online game with the raccoon, or the piles of new books they’ve read. And if that’s what you’ve been doing, I would be so excited to hear all about it.

Of course, the news isn’t always happy. Perhaps the anxiety of the situation is damaging your inner calm. Or perhaps you’ve been affected in a very personal way, or you are stressed because of your essential job which puts you at risk. Or perhaps you are simply frightened, and who can blame you?

And if that’s the case, I would do my very best to comfort you, and promise you that this wouldn’t last forever. I would raise my tea mug in a toast to you for your bravery in these strange, strange times, and remind you that whatever you’re feeling is valid. Because it is.

You would ask me what I’ve been doing, and I would pick up my phone and give you a quick tour of the chaos that is my house right now. I’m partway through rearranging the living room, but that’s only a small part of it.

A few days ago, I finished the first draft of my latest novel. As always, it’s a triumphant and wonderful feeling, but also a miserable one because I’m so lost and unsettled for days afterwards. I’m just about coming out of my “draft hangover” now, aided by the very strong chai tea I would be drinking for our meeting, but these last few days have been a bit of a haze for me.

However, it’s a glorious haze. I would emphasize that to you, because I wouldn’t want you to think I took the good things in my life for granted. This feeling of disquiet after finishing a book is only attainable after finishing the book, so it’s a feeling I welcome. I’d been working on this new draft for almost exactly 5 months (I started it for Nanowrimo). While I enjoy all stages of book creation (except perhaps line editing…) the first draft has always been the most whimsical of all stages. And I really did enjoy it.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee this weekend?


Burn the Boats



There’s a fantastic quote that says, “If you want to take the island, burn the boats.” It’s most commonly associated with motivational speaker Tony Robbins, but it actually goes back to The Art of War, where it is attributed to Julius Caesar.

This quote has become very important to me in these past few weeks. After six years of employment, I finally quit my full-time job so I could focus more of my energy on writing. Risky? Heck yeah. But I’ve reached a point where I need to be honest with myself about what I really want out of life. And this is it. This has always been it.
So, how will I be using these extra hours? Here’s my plan.

I generally divide writing into two categories: creative and business. My mornings (4am – noon) are for the creative things. These include drafting, editing, outlining, researching, brainstorming… basically anything that gets me from a blank page to a finished manuscript.

12 – 2 is for ‘real life’ things. Cleaning, paying bills, being an adult human (ick.) 2 – 5 is for the business side of things, which means scheduling events, formatting manuscripts, answering emails, and anything else that needs to be done.

And then 5 – 6 is my ‘fill the well’ hour. I’ll be spending more time writing than I’ve ever
had the luxury to do before, and I don’t want to burn out. So, I’m designating an hour every day to do the things that stoke the fire. (Yeah, I know, I’m mixing metaphors.) I’ll be listening to music, crafting, drawing, dancing, or whatever else I feel my soul is hungry for that day.

Also, as I kick things into high gear, I’ll be trying some new things (a lot of new things!) with my social media, so expect to see that. Some ideas on my list are:

  • Weekly Facebook Live events
  • Bookish question of the day
  • Character Takeover weeks
  • A snail-mail newsletter
  • Prompts for other writers

Will they all stick and become regular stuff? I doubt it. But for now I’m just going to keep tossing new and exciting ideas out there and see which ones we all agree are the most fun.


Oh, and one more thing, as you probably noticed in the picture, I shaved my head. I did it on my first day as a full-time writer. Three reasons: 1.) It’ll be one less distraction. 2.) The #NoHairDontCare look is fierce and I’ve always wanted to try it. 3.) It’s a daily reminder that I have burned the boats.

Time to take the island!

Weekend Coffee Share – Come Hygge with me



If we were having coffee this weekend, it would be my favorite part of the week. I would chat with you about the ‘hygge’ lifestyle I’d recently learned about. Truly, comfort and coziness have always been my top priorities, but it’s nice to know there’s a word for my ideal home. I would have extra blankets and fuzzy socks available if you wanted them, and we would curl up on my couch as we talked.

I would take a while to get around to the important stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty going on, but lately I’ve been focusing on savoring the small moments. I would be drinking a special blend of loose-leaf tea (white peach), and would happily share all the tips I’d leaned on brewing. If you seemed interested, I may even take you over to my tea corner and show you all of my infusers and little tins of leaves.

I would tell you my life is in a good place right now, and I’m grateful for that. I have a few projects I’m working on, but none of them with deadlines that require stress or rushing. One such project is the audiobook version of The Bard’s Choice. Read the rest of this entry

Self-Publishing: Hiring Contractors Beyond a Copy Editor

Self-Publishing: Hiring Contractors Beyond a Copy Editor

Here’s an interview conducted by the BRILLIANT Katie Merkel! If you’re a writer, be sure to check out her blog.


Hello everyone!

As promised, here is my interview with sci-fi and fantasy author Olivia Berrier.  In the interview, Berrier talks about her experience with the self-publishing process and what types of contractors a self-publishing author can hire.

If you read my last post, you know that I had quite a learning curve with this project.  Below are the top three things I learned about making a YouTube video:

  1. Always shoot your video in horizontal.  Never film in vertical.
  2. Use a microphone or have a sound recording device close to your mouth.
  3. Double or triple the time estimate you allot to the editing process.

Happy writing!


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Experimental Fiction – Wittgenstein’s Nephew


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There’s really only one thing that makes me put this book into the ‘experimental’ category. The entire book – every last bit – is written in one long paragraph. No chapters. No scenes. Just a never-ending block of justified text.


I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about this. When reading, if I see a page-long paragraph, it’s not something I greet with enthusiasm. When working on my own writing, I am constantly looking for ways to split up long paragraphs, feeling sure that it’s easy to get lost without those lovely little indents to show the way.

If it hadn’t been for the book’s subject matter, I might not have attempted it at all. A little backstory: one of my favorite classes was a philosophy course in which I was one of two students. We spent the entire semester working our way through Wittgenstein’s Tractatus.

I certainly can’t claim any level of mastery over the topic, but I can tell you that I fell fiercely in love with Wittgenstein and his life’s story. He is (in my opinion) a blockbuster docudrama waiting to happen (starring Benedict Cumberbatch, please and thank you) and yet no one seems to know about him. Read the rest of this entry

A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier


Thank you Novellover97 for reviewing my book!



Book Review

Title: A Book Without Dragons

Author: Olivia Berrier

Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian /Sci-Fi

Rating: 4

Review: The opening to a book without dragons was, we are introduced to Willow Ayers in the year 2054, who is one of the creators of Unitime which basically controls all electronics. However, strange things start happening with clocks being wrong, phone calls dropping and much more which should be impossible due to Unitime’s technology. We begin to see how this begins effecting everyday people and when we are finally introduced to Willow’s perspective we learn that he might not be able to fix the system, he might just have to stabilize it long enough for NASA to launch the old technology back into space, but he isn’t sure he can even do that. Despite his fame, Willow seems to be a bit of a recluse with the only person he trusts Jasper who is his…

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A fantastic review – Thank you, Scintilla!


Hey friends ^_^ I don’t always do this, but Scintilla’s review of A Book Without Dragons was just so lovely, I had to boost the signal. Thank you SO much, Scintilla!!

I particularly liked this analysis of the open-ended nature of the ending (no spoilers, don’t worry!)

I love the way A Book Without Dragons ends without forcing conclusions or final answers upon the reader. It explores interesting questions: what kind of people are we becoming in our tech-dependent world? Could we survive without all the tech? Would we possibly even be better? Does technology bring us together or drive us apart? Berrier does not really answer those questions for us. She poses one set of possibilities…then takes them away and leaves the reader to answer whether anything was ultimately gained or lost in the transaction. Some of the characters are arguably better off in the end. Others are undeniably worse. And some are just in a different place. Whether society is better or worse, though, is something the reader will have to decide.

You can read the full review here:

Book Review: A Book Without Dragons, Olivia Berrier


(Also – if you aren’t already – you should really be following their blog. Their reviews are written in a clear and witty style and are just a delight to read!)

Weekend Coffee Share – A quiet little reunion



If we were having coffee this weekend, you’d probably be really surprised to see me. I would grin sheepishly over my tea mug and admit that, yes, it’s certainly been a while. I would apologize for all of the coffee dates I’d canceled, always saying that I was busy.

Although, I really have been busy, I would tell you, growing so excited I’d have to put my tea down so I wouldn’t spill it. So busy! Busy doing exciting things that I can’t wait to share with you. Read the rest of this entry

Short Story Review: The World That Forgot How to Dance by Olivia Berrier


Just stumbled on this lovely review of my novelette ^_^ Made my day!

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I met Olivia Berrier at Confluence in Pittsburgh last year and picked up the printed format of her short story The World That Forgot How to Dance (Fantasy 72 pages).

“Dancing destroyed a village … Ellsie lives in a world where magic is controlled by dancing, and both have been illegal for the past three centuries. No one really knows what happened when the village of Laenin was leveled, but the magic of dancers hasn’t been trusted since. The world is better off, they say. The loss of dancing is a fair price for protection against magic so powerful and unexplainable. Ellsie, however, still dances in secret, and she figures she can’t be the only one.”

I read this as a break from a lot of really intellectually and academically heavy work I’m involved with because of a class right now and it was a welcome break. This book also…

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Review by Ashley Simon


I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Online Book Club (it’s pretty awesome, though. It’s kinda like Goodreads, but with more emphasis on talking to other readers.) I bring it up because I recently had A Book Without Dragons reviewed on their website, and I was just so flattered and delighted with what Ashley Simon had to say about it! 

Read the whole review here!

In particular, I loved her impression of my dear, darling Willow

“And finally, there’s Willow Ayers. Willow likes to think of himself as an ordinary guy who loves fantasy novels. But he’s also the guy who invented Unitime. And when the system breaks down, people everywhere turn their eyes to him. He’s the only one who can fix Unitime and restore order to their world. But Willow’s in hiding, and he doesn’t seem to be making a whole lot of progress. In fact, some people would say he doesn’t really want Unitime to be fixed at all. Or does he?”

  • Ashley Simon, Online Book Club reviewer

With a novel as unusual as ABWD, it just warms my heart when I see a reviewer who really understands what I was attempting, and seems to have taken something positive away from the experience. 


Weekend Coffee Share: Pardon my mess!


If we were having coffee this weekend, you would have a hard time finding a place to set down your cup. My tables, desks, counters, floors… all of them would be covered with papers and notebooks and calendars.

I would give you an embarrassed shrug and explain that I am currently trying to organize my year. You might choose to point out that my ‘organization’ looks very similar to ‘chaos,’ and I would wholeheartedly agree with you.

I’d clear a spot for us on the couch, and explain that I’m working on lining up conventions for 2017. The process tends to be overwhelming since there are so many options out there. I would ask you if you had any recommendations for conventions near your hometown, since I find word of mouth far less intimidating than Internet searches.

But not all of the papers are for conventions. You would also see pages of my latest manuscript, splashed with highlighting and crawling with comments and corrections. Read the rest of this entry

Weekend Coffee Share: Winter Reflections


If we were having coffee this weekend, we would be drinking it on a couch next to a crackling fireplace, and yet I would still find a way to be upset about Winter. I would tell you how much I miss being outside and feeling the sun. But I would also tell you that I’m working on my dislike of the cold months. I am trying to see them as a time of rest and reflection.

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5 Things I Love About Comic-Con


“Excuse me, do you have the time? My phone is telling me it’s 8:01, but my favorite TV show hasn’t started yet.” (Confused? Click Here)

 I had an UNBELIEVABLE time at Central PA Comic-con last weekend! What an event! The rush of nerd energy is exactly what my life needed. So, in honor of that, here are five things that I absolutely love about Comic Cons… Read the rest of this entry

Bookcrossing – A Neat Piece of Internet


Hey, Everyone! This is not so much a neat piece of “Internet” as a neat piece of the world. I absolutely LOVE that this exists. It’s called ‘Bookcrossing’ and it’s essentially turning the whole world into a library.

Picture this…

You’re sitting in a coffee shop, enjoying your favorite chai latte. You look over to the table next to yours and think, “Oh, how sad! Someone has forgotten their book.” You pick up said book, thinking to give it to the manager in case the owner comes back looking for it.

But then you notice a bizarre sticker on the book’s cover. It informs you “I’m not lost. I’m on a journey.” Read the rest of this entry

The Videos that inspired my Dancing Story


Hey, guess what? My Dancing Novelette is free on Amazon for the next five days! (Snag a copy here). To kick this off, I thought I’d share a little of my inspiration for the story…

When I’m writing a certain project, I generally have a ‘tool kit’ of inspirational things that I go to when I need to get the juices flowing. Sometimes it’s a song, or a series of pictures, or a passage of fiction, or a physical object… you get the idea.

When I was working on The World That Forgot How to Dance, my primary jump-starters were these two videos. I normally watched them before every writing session, and sometimes in the middle of a writing session if I got stuck, and sometimes right before bed if I wanted my subconscious to keep working on the story while I slept. Read the rest of this entry

Using dreams in writing


I’ve read many a whimsical tale about writers who wake up with a really cool story idea still clinging to them from dreamland. I am (regrettably…) not one of those writers, but I’ve learned that there are other ways of using one’s dreams besides simply transcribing them.

Last July, I set a challenge for myself during Camp Nanowrimo. I wanted to write a different short story every day for 31 days. I actually blogged about the whole experience here if you’re curious.

One of those days, I woke up having just finished my ‘running dream.’ I’ve been having this dream for several years, recurring every few months or so, and I love it. It’s very simple: in the dream I’m escaping some unnamed evil by running through the forest, and having an awesome time while doing it. Read the rest of this entry

Guest Appearance! Crystin Goodwin’s Characters from UnBlessed


This post written by Crystin Goodwin
Featuring characters from her book UnBlessed
Which is FREE! 
(Just so you know. Last day to get it!) 

No Spoilers.

Extra-special guest post today, my friends! In honor of the last day of her sale for Blessings of Myrillia, I interviewed Crystin Goodwin! And by that I mean I interviewed her characters. And by that I mean I asked her to stick three characters in a room with strange boxes. 

This is what I like to call “The Mystery Box Interview.” (It’s great fun for anyone who enjoys throwing characters into odd situations.) I ‘gave’ Crystin three boxes and filled them with objects that I thought would spark conversation. She then placed the boxes and her characters in a room, and – ta da! 


“Lucien. Lucien, wake up!”

Grumbling, Lucien rolled over and tried to wave away his visitor. “Five more minutes …”

“Lucien, please! Please wake up. I don’t—I don’t know what to do!” Panic laced the familiar voice. Read the rest of this entry

Analyzing Subplots


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Still working on making sense of the hot mess that is the first book of my Dagger Trilogy. One of the book’s major problems was that I had a lot of different goals and objectives, and they all kind of got tangled together. So, I’ve been untangling these threads and subsequently spending a lot of time thinking about subplots.

Once I finalized my list of what all the different subplots were, I needed to get my head around what was happening in each of the subplots. For this, I turned to my beloved Arc book. (And I don’t say ‘beloved’ lightly. I wrote a whole blog post about this particular book.) This was my set up: Read the rest of this entry

“Your Story” – A Neat Piece of Internet


Hello there, fellow wanderer of the internet! Say, have you heard about that neat event in the blog down the street? Well, pull up a chair and I’ll tell you all about it…

Last year, Alex of the delightful blog Valourborn came up with a lovely idea called ‘Your Story.’ The blog is in constant exploration of great heroic tales of fantasy and fiction, but for this section of the blog, she called for real stories, inviting people to share some aspect of their own personal adventure in whatever way seemed best to them.

I loved this feature. You can take a look at some of the stories Here if you’re curious. The stories were just so honest and from the heart, and I absolutely loved seeing these glimpses into other lives. Read the rest of this entry

A Writing Challenge: 31 Stories in 31 Days


About a year ago, I set a challenge for myself: For one month, I wanted to write a new short story each day. Too ambitious? Oh, without a doubt. I didn’t even come close to 31 stories. However, I learned a lot from the endeavor, and I’m still feeling the effects from it.

The challenge was built around a couple of things I’d noticed about my writing ethic.

1.) I seemed to have a tough time finishing stories. I would start off with this great idea, get a few pages in, realize I didn’t have anywhere to go with it, and move onto the next idea. I wanted to break that habit, so I promised myself that even if it’s just in outline form (and even if it is the most ridiculous and contrived ending ever imagined) that I would find an ending for each and every story I began. Read the rest of this entry

Using Pinterest for Writing (And for fun. But mostly for writing)


I was a late arrival to the Pinterest party. I might have held out forever if I hadn’t attended a very interesting class in the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference which presented Pinterest as a writing tool. With that idea in my mind, my unshakable will power gave way to “Well, if you insist…”

I won’t lie and pretend like I don’t sacrifice large sums of time to ogling adorable crafty things or nail polish designs (Oh man, there are some talented DIY-ers out there…) but I have found Pinterest to be a useful writing tool. Or, I guess more accurately: an inspiration tool.
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My Favorite Fiction Fixes


Something I love (a lot!) about the modern world is how easy it is to find short stories. In general, I’m more of a novels kind of girl, but when the mood hits me there is just nothing better than a tight, beautifully written short piece of fiction.

Here are a few of my favorite watering holes for such things. Some you’ve probably heard of, others maybe not. Regardless, I’d highly recommend checking any of these out the next time you’re in the need of a quick fiction fix. Read the rest of this entry

Authors Supporting Our Troops


Happy Saturday, All!

Just wanted to take a minute to boost the signal about a really neat organization called “Authors Supporting Our Troops.” Check them out here for a more detailed explanation, but here’s the idea in a nutshell…

They collect books that are signed by the author and send them to soldiers deployed in locations where forms of entertainment are difficult to find. They collect them, box them up, and ship them out. 2014 was their first year, and they had an awesome response from authors, collecting 2,500 books. Their 2015 goal is 3,000 books. Read the rest of this entry

Doing What’s Fun


I was having a talk with my writing friend J. G. Lynn, and we were discussing our goals for the week, and the most frequently used phrase in that conversation was (and you must read this in your head in a very woe-is-me kind of tone) “Well… I should be working on…” Until we realized how miserable we both sounded.

Now, before I get too far into this lackadaisical attitude, let me say that there is certainly a place for pushing through the days where you don’t feel like writing, and there are grunt-work tasks involved in the business of publishing that are simply unavoidable. I’m not downplaying the importance of these things at all.

However, there is also a lot to be said for having fun while writing. And most of the time, it’s nothing more than a mentality shift. I could be working on the same scene and thinking, “Argh, this exposition is so clunky and difficult,” or “Hey, I’m writing the history of my very own world, and that’s freaking cool!” Writing is fun. Creating worlds is fun. Throwing characters into strange situations is reeaaally fun! I let myself forget that sometimes. Read the rest of this entry

Blogs I love


I’m following some pretty awesome blogs these days. Just wanted to take a minute to gush on them. Do check them out if you haven’t found them yet!


Valourborn: “A hero is nothing if not first born from valor.” This is the blog I go to when I really want to believe in magic, legends, honor, strength, peace… yeah, all of those things. Alex’s writing style is honest and beautiful, and I feel a little better about the world when I see it through her eyes. Read the rest of this entry

Writing Memories


I don’t consider myself a memoir kind of writer. I’ve read some extremely good memoirs, and I’ve always known that this particular style of writing wasn’t in my talent set, and I’m okay with that. However, up until recently, I’ve made the mistake of thinking that not being a memoir writer meant that there was no benefit in writing down a memory once in a while.

I started doing this recently as a request from my mother, who was collecting memories about my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. I’ve always had some very clear memories of my grandmother, but it hadn’t occurred to me that actually putting those moments into words would let me experience them in a different way. Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: “From a Foreign Shore” by Andrew Knighton


This post discusses “From a Foreign Shore” by Andrew Knighton. 
I did my best to keep it spoiler-free 🙂


“What if someone had conquered the Vikings, someone claiming to be their gods?

What if King Arthur’s knights met a very different metal-clad warrior?

What if you were ordered to execute a statue, and hanging just didn’t seem to work?”

– taken from Andrew Knighton’s blog

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I certainly thought so! I’m not really an impulse buyer, but after a couple weeks went by and I still felt curious by those story pitches, I figured it was time to buy the collection and ended up enjoying them immensely. So, here’s just a bit of me gushing / boosting the signal about “From a Foreign Shore” by Andrew Knighton.

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The 777 Challenge


I was recently nominated by the enchanting Alex of the blog Valourborn to join in the 777 challenge, and—what can I say?—I’m a sucker for anything involving numbers.

The challenge is:

  • Go to your current work in progress
  • Scroll to page 7
  • Count 7 sentences
  • Share the next 7 sentences after that
  • And of course, tag people to do the same. You can even tag 7 people if you want to really get into the number theme.

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