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 2019 and Goals for 2020

2019 Stats: "All Light and Darkness" outline complete about 30,000 new words and 25,000 revised 3 submissions and 0 sales Goals from 2019: 2 new short stories 20 submissions 1 pro sale I am no longer writing short stories.  Short stories requires a direct and fast-moving plot with stream-lined world-building. Novels require immersive details and … Continue reading Review of 2019 and Goals for 2020

My Reading Heritage; My Writing History

Previously, I mentioned a little about my introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy. My first science fiction experience was The White Mountains, the first book of The Tripods series by John Christopher.  My 4th grade teacher read it aloud. When she finished reading it, she read the first chapter of the second … Continue reading My Reading Heritage; My Writing History

Inspiration for “All Light and Darkness”

"All Light and Darkness" was inspired by the Israel-Hezbollah War that broke out in Lebanon in 2006, just before my senior year of high school. Somehow, my hormone-soaked teenage brain caught on this conflict, and I found myself delving into the details, particularly the plight of the refugees. It was the first time I woke up … Continue reading Inspiration for “All Light and Darkness”

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Thursday, April 5th (Morning and Afternoon): The Twenty-Four-Hour Story

Personally, I was so excited for this challenge. I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids under five years old. I have practically no time for writing. Getting to write for a whole twenty-four hours seemed like a dream come true. Honestly, I still feel like that. I wish I could write all the time--all day--every … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Thursday, April 5th (Morning and Afternoon): The Twenty-Four-Hour Story

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Afternoon): Twenty-Four-Hour Story Preparation

Aw, the infamous twenty-four-hour story. How I love and hate thee. To my surprise, Dave and Tim introduced the twenty-four-hour story the day after our arrival. After a discussion on Hubbard’s “Search for Research” and where to find story ideas, Tim passed out the objects. The Object Luck must have had her eye on me … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Afternoon): Twenty-Four-Hour Story Preparation

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – April 4th, Wednesday (Afternoon): A Discussion on Research

Dave and Tim opened the afternoon with a discussion on research. We'd read "Search for Research" for homework the night before (because grown adults would never neglect homework assignments) so we started with an exercise, and then Tim and Dave described their own personal research routines. I enjoyed "Search of Research" because I'm a pretty … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – April 4th, Wednesday (Afternoon): A Discussion on Research