November 2018

Don’t Give Up – Write to the End

Last night, I skimmed through the 500 page word document of my novel manuscript, and stopped every time I encountered a block of red text. Those sections were notes I left myself about missing scenes in the narrative, and with dedication, I knocked each one out of the park! All my missing scenes are now written, and I officially have a finished, readable story from start to finish.Woo hoo!Those red sections were like scary warning… Read More »Don’t Give Up – Write to the End

Freaking out about Publishing

I had a total freak out moment yesterday! I all of a sudden got very terrified – not just about publishing my book, which is scary enough on its own – but about being a writer at all. I’ve heard about writers feeling like frauds, and for the first time, I really felt that!My mom talked me down from the emotional ledge, thankfully. She reminded me of the big picture: of the fact that I… Read More »Freaking out about Publishing

Action/Adventure Genre

Action/Adventure is an EXTERNAL GENRE.External Genres, as opposed to Internal, are primarily driven by a problem that comes up outside the person, and solving this problem results in the end of the story.The problem usually looks like a large-scale villain. Someone the protagonist has to face off against and prevent them from doing permanent harm to the world.Mystery, Horror, Thriller, Comedy – these are all External Genres. However, it is HOW these stories are told… Read More »Action/Adventure Genre


It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post about genre, and I think it’s overdue.Romance is another of the simple genres, so I’m going to get that one out of the way with this post. Most of us could say right off the bat what a romance genre is. Romance begins with two people who are not in love, and who are in some way closed to falling in love. Usually their problem is internal,… Read More »Romance

Prologue of Trinian

Hey guys! I figured it was about time you got to read the Prologue of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy! I’m so excited to share this with you – I’m at a loss for words. This novel has been 12 years in the making, and it blows my mind that it’s so close to it’s release date. The picture is a rough sketch of Rordan, done by the lovely Sophia Dytewski! Enjoy and tell your friends!… Read More »Prologue of Trinian

NaNoWriMo – My Failed Week – And Why I Don't See it as a Failure

NANOWRIMO Fail Hey everyone, it’s been almost a week since you’ve heard from me, and I wanted to be honest about why that is, and why I haven’t been keeping up with my NaNoWriMo Challenge.As you may know, I chose not to pursue writing a novel this year – although I’ve done it the past two years. I just finished a novel, and wanted to pour my energies into editing and preparing it for publishing.… Read More »NaNoWriMo – My Failed Week – And Why I Don't See it as a Failure

The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

Now that I have enough of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy put together to send into the world for review, I’m getting germinal feedback. I love it! But it’s also terrifying.My sisters, who are geniuses with artwork, have already taken a stab at illustrating a couple characters, and my best friend Sophia has started marking up my first chapter. She says she’s being harsh, and I’m so grateful to her for that! I want the feedback… Read More »The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

The Twelve Brothers

Read The Six Swans ARTIST CREDIT Arthur Joseph Gaskin Vaclovas Ratas Walter Crane Harry G. Theaker Henry J Ford HansMyHedgehog on etsy Louis Rhead Ill Anne Anderson Cremonini Charles Folkard Andrea Dezsö’s Alice Duke Nadezhda Illarionova

How to End a Novel

Sorry for my weekend extended absence. I spent all weekend, and some bleed through into Monday, finishing Trinian, An Epic Fantasy‘s second draft. I just sent it out for review, and I can’t believe my project is actually out there, being read by other eyes! I’m all tingly.I still have a few middle scenes to compose, and a bit more of the ending.I intend to avoid the common writing choice of writers who write an… Read More »How to End a Novel

The Fear of Taking the Next Step

I’ve been particularly struck lately by the power of creativity. The impact you could have on a person’s life by simply being brave and open to self-expression. I used to doubt that word: self-expression. It seemed fabricated, as if people were trying to force something out of themselves that wasn’t there to begin with. Or else were closing in on themselves, self-focusing, and thereby shutting out the world. And while that might be true sometimes,… Read More »The Fear of Taking the Next Step