Writing the Last Chapter for the First Time

Endings can be a relief. Endings can be new beginnings. Endings may not be endings at all. Writing the last chapter of All Light and Darkness was all three of these for me. All Light and Darkness is my first complete novel. I've attempted writing novels since I was fifteen years old. I've started many. … Continue reading Writing the Last Chapter for the First Time

Alien Armageddon and the Bailiwick of Guernsey

I lived on the Island of Guernsey for two months doing cultural research. I travelled all over the island and became very familiar with the history and stories there. I love the complexity. I also love the culture. It's the kind of place where the locals prefer hiking boots to heels.The reason I chose this … Continue reading Alien Armageddon and the Bailiwick of Guernsey

Review of 2018 and Goals for 2019

Review of 2018 Newly written: 3 short stories, 2 flash fiction, and 1 novel (1st draft) 29 submissions (0 acceptances; 32 rejections (4 carried over from 2017); 1 pending) Goals from 2018: 3 new short stories 30 submissions 1 pro sale (WOTF doesn’t count) Complete a novel no matter how badly it turns out. (10 … Continue reading Review of 2018 and Goals for 2019

How to Succeed as a Terrible Cook

For the first two years of my marriage and all the rest of my earlier life, I had no clue how to cook. My family tells horror stories of my cooking escapades around their campfires (not really, but they do around the dinner table at reunions). How my husband survived those first two years, I'll … Continue reading How to Succeed as a Terrible Cook

My Favorite Foundation

The Shropshire Music Foundation. In high school, I was passionate about serving internationally in humanitarian aid and peace-keeping. I also had a passion for music. I never imagined that the two could be combined. After I graduated, a friend introduced me to the Shropshire Music Foundation. This foundation organizes community music classes to promote unity, … Continue reading My Favorite Foundation

Our Responsibility to Younger Generations

Definition of "little brother"/"little sister" - Any person that is younger than you and witnesses the things that you do, the things that you say you do, and the things that they think you do. I have a sister who is seven years younger than me. Because of this, I've witnessed an interesting pattern in the … Continue reading Our Responsibility to Younger Generations