PREP ALL THE THINGS

Hello, darlings! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’m sorry. Please forgive me? So, in case you haven’t heard, I did not win the Simon451 novel writing contest. Which…yeah, that’s kind of a bummer. But, at the same time, it was a total honor to even be in the top ten, and…

The Home Stretch

Sorry it’s been so quiet here. I have less than ten days until the deadline for the Simon451 contest. I’m simultaneously incredibly excited and incredibly nervous. That’s how these things work, right? Thankfully, my book is done. Or, rather, I have it all down, from beginning to end. It’s a story, now, instead of just…

Burned

Sunburned, that is.  I will never trust my husband to apply spray suncreen to my back ever again.  My very first day on the beach last week, and I had a beautiful red and white zig-zag pattern between my shoulder blades. That’s talent, I tell you.  Painful talent.  Ow.   At least the view was…

If Music Be the Food of Love…

Or the food of inspiration… I have a present for you, darlings. I’m the kind of author that has to listen to music while I write. It can be music with words, or instrumental, but it usually involves headphones and it has to be tailored to what I’m writing. For every project I work on, I…

Retreat

So I spent most of last week moving into our new house — which is beautiful, by the way!  I’m thrilled to be starting a new phase of my life with my family, and having more space to spread out. And a library! We have a library! Well, technically it’s a “formal living room,” but…

Moving

So, my home is no longer my home. It’s such a weird feeling. We signed the paperwork to sell our little house (that my husband fondly calls Breezehome) yesterday.  This house has been our home for ten years. It’s served us well, even though we outgrew it a while ago.  We sign the paperwork to…

Pressure

I’m doing that thing where I have so many things to write that I sit here at my desk and stare at all the blank documents open in front of me and get nothing done. I click between them, and stare at one, and think maybe I should go work on that other thing first….

Stormy

Thunderstorms are rolling in from the west, bringing wind that makes the leaves turn upside-down and a low, rumbling growl that echoes between the houses.  Of course I had to open my windows and enjoy the breeze before the rains start. Of course, this also means I need to write a blog post, since I…

Rain Delay

So, things have gotten a little nuts around these parts. This past week, writing has been pretty slow to nonexistent. Kids’ last week of school, I started some work-from-home work…oh, and we’re putting our house on the market/moving. I start summer classes next week, too! Needless to say, I can’t let life get in the…

The Great Blog Tour! – My Writing Process

Hello Gentle Readers!  Today, something a bit different!   One of my fellow writer friends, Christina Nelson (that I met at the Atlanta Writers Conference in 2012), asked me to take part in a blog tour!  I happily accepted, and then OMIGOODNESS LIFE WENT CRAZY!  Finals week happened, and the Writers Conference, and my darling husband…