I followed my intuition when I started writing my novel two months ahead of schedule, and I followed my intuition when I took two weeks off from it. There are a lot of writers who believe you show up at the page, no matter what, and write every day. I agree with that, to a … Continue reading Preparing Summer’s Grand Finale
It would seem I was temporarily stuck in a black hole there for a few days. Spaghettification aside, it was a nice break. There were two days where, if I wasn't eating, I was sleeping. I didn't realize how worn out I was until I was able to do nothing but sleep. It was kind … Continue reading What day is it?
I've simultaneously enjoyed and lamented an epic To Be Read pile in my office. I loved having so many possibilities available to me, but without time to settle in and read, what good were the books? With so much solo time this week, I set a goal. Seven books, seven hundred pages, seven days. Let's … Continue reading Book Blitz!
Saturday night, Kyle and I dropped our daughters off for a week with my parents. It's an outing that started last summer while Kyle and I were both in school. Since we had an entire semester compressed into 8 weeks, midterms and finals were both really stressful and time consuming. Rather than torture the kids … Continue reading Weekend for two
With a month and a half to go before classes start back up, I've been getting myself ready to be a college student once again. When I left last year, I was having a very emotional reaction that resulted in something I regret: I threw everything away. All my acceptance letters, my invitation to Phi … Continue reading One at a time
When I introduced my Terri Godmother a few weeks ago I explained I'm working with her this summer to get the ball rolling on my writing career. We created a three-pronged attack: one on a spiritual/personal level, one on a creative level, and one on a business level. The spiritual goal was to help me … Continue reading Warming up the magic wand
When we moved into our house nearly a decade ago, we turned a shed into a playhouse for the girls, complete with a loft and everything. As happens with children, they grew and eventually couldn't get into the playhouse without being hunched to avoid hitting their heads. Plus, you know, spiders are outside, and sheds … Continue reading The Little Cottage That Could
I had every intention of taking this summer to slowly gather well-detailed notes for my new novel, Uprooted*. I've been studying and researching and outlining like whoa, but last Saturday, I let this story off its leash. There's only so much planning that can be done before you finally have to start getting your hands … Continue reading Uprooted, Rough Draft, Take 1