A Safe Place for Stories

There's something called self-compassion. She's the Cinderella of identity paradigms--scorned, ignored, and sent to scrub everyone else's feet. Her evil step-sisters are Self-Esteem and Self-Hate. Keep that in mind. I want to tell a story. It's the story of Story. A child sits snug in bed. His parents tucks his blankets around him. They tell … Continue reading A Safe Place for Stories

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

The Beast that is Audience.

In my past life, I was a pioneer--one of those 19th century folk in covered wagons that you saw in 8-bit playing Oregon Trail. And when I died from dysentery, I must've skipped my drink at the River of Oblivion. The reason I bring this up: When people bring up social media platforms, I'm totally … Continue reading The Beast that is Audience.

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 2020 Goals and Goals for 2021

Review of 2020 Goals Screw 2020. Goals for 2021 I've come to a significant realization. But let me backtrack first...Supposedly well-written goals follow the SMART rules:1. Specific.2. Measurable.3. Attainable.4. Realistic (which seems redundant to me, but hey, we want to stick with the cool acronym).5. Time-bound.Following these rules is supposed to guide goals to be … Continue reading Review of 2020 Goals and Goals for 2021

The Chapter from Hell

Nine months. That's how long I've been working on one chapter. Granted, that one chapter has turned into four chapters now, but still... NINE MONTHS! I now have half a chapter left and that section will be done. HALF A FREAKING CHAPTER!!! Why is it so hard! And it has been hard. I've gotten myself … Continue reading The Chapter from Hell

Trunked Stories

I recently started listing my "trunked" stories beneath my progress bar. I want to take a moment to explain why. Trunked stories are those stories that have been set aside by the author for whatever reason. Maybe publishers just weren't interested. Maybe the writer identified a major flaw. Maybe the writer simply grew out of … Continue reading Trunked Stories

Writing Women

I've only recently discovered I'm terrible at writing female characters. Last week, I read an article by Mirah Bolender published on Tor.com titled "Learning to Write #FearlessWomen." It was an eye-opener for me because I realized I approached female characters with the same hesitations she did.  She explains: "...I wanted to write a male protagonist. … Continue reading Writing Women

My Outlining Process

It's been some time since I wrote a post. That's because I've been spending every moment of spare time I have writing. I've been more productive over the last two months than I was all summer. In large part, because of a new outlining process I've been using. I've tried outlines before. I tried the … Continue reading My Outlining Process

Brandon Sanderson’s Writing Group

In July, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. A friend of mine, Darci Rhoades Stone, whom I met at the Writers of the Future workshop in April (and the Grand Prize winner of Writers of the Future Vol. 34), invited me to attend Brandon Sanderson’s private writing group while I was vacationing in Utah. … Continue reading Brandon Sanderson’s Writing Group