What are my writing goals for 2019? First, let me share this year’s goals. It was NOT so much to write, but to rest, reset, and learn. I think I’ve done a killer job doing that. One of the ways I’ve done that is by reading A LOT. I’ve read across genres, good writing, bad … Continue reading My writing goals for 2019
Last week at work, I was yelled at by a business I’d included in a newspaper article assignment. The woman on the other line called me out for not contacting them for proper information, which was true. Her voice continued to raise as she pointed her finger at everything I did wrong, and I didn’t … Continue reading Truth telling: Fear of success as an author
I’ve spent a lot of energy lamenting my failure as an author. I shouldn’t even write this. No successful author ever admits this.
This past Saturday, I was one of the featured readers at the Redwood Writers Open Mic event at Gaia's Garden in Santa Rosa. What's cool about being the featured reader at this event is I get to read from my novel for 20 full minutes. What's terrifying is I get to read from my novel … Continue reading The introverted author and reading on stage
I’m about to tell you about the book that almost never was. Every year I write a book for National Novel Writing Month in November. This last year, however, I was stumped. I had just written Reclaim Your Creative Soul, and that book took a lot of energy out of me. I figured I would … Continue reading The book that almost never was
This week I was a guest on Culture Dept., a podcast that, in their words, "features interviews with artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs who share their insights on building a sustainable, contemporary creative life." Host Daedalus Howell and I discussed how to make creativity a huge part of one’s life, accomplishing creative goals even with a busy schedule … Continue reading Culture Dept. podcast: Reclaim Your Creative Soul
As long as I've been able to write, I've known I wanted to be a writer. But as we all know, the desire to be a writer doesn't create books alone. I've started writing novels, only to give up three chapters in. I've hidden my writing so that the world would never see my scribbles. … Continue reading 8 things I wish I’d known as a newbie writer
Today I'm working on the last bit of cleanup for Come Here, Cupcake before I send it off to my editor. And while all formatting work will have to wait until it's done being edited, I couldn't help but start working on the chapter headers. You guys, these are so adorable, I just want to … Continue reading The cutest cupcake chapter headers ever!
I admit it. Before I became an author, I had never read an indie-published book. I can list a few different reasons for this: - There's less risk with a traditionally published book...a publisher thought it was good, so it must be good (uh, right). - Traditionally published books are more recognizable, thanks to deep … Continue reading 5 reasons I love indie books
“Muffin! Mr. Tinkles!” Edna cooed down the hall. She clicked her tongue against the top of her mouth, creating a quick sound that echoed around the house. From a back room we could hear a drop to the ground and a low meow. Edna had described to us two balls of playful fluff when telling … Continue reading Tales of the cat lady