Everything goes dark as the car submerges completely, and my breath comes in short gasps. It’s all I can hear above the rushing river and the metal against glass as I continue my attempts at escape.
I started writing about how much I enjoy the morning light, but then this turned into a story about my dog, and my grief over putting him down.
As a Sonoma County resident, I love reading books that are based around here. Some of the world's best authors have called Sonoma County their home, including Jack London and Jack Kerouac, who have both written about Sonoma County in their novels. That one time my kid thought I was one of the most famous … Continue reading 5 books set in Sonoma County
Recently, a writer friend asked me how I combat writer’s block. Before I share what I told her, let me just tell you that writer’s block doesn’t discriminate. I don’t care if you’re JK frickin Rowling, every author is afflicted with this curse. Case in point, I gave this friend my answer for battling writer’s … Continue reading 3 ways to combat writer’s block
A few years ago, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s when I saw every parent’s nightmare unfold in front of me. A woman was gathering fruit from the bin while her toddler stood in the large part of the grocery cart. Without warning, the cart tipped and the toddler fell to the ground. The mother … Continue reading Inconvenient inspiration, and how to seize it before it slips away
A friend of mine was telling me about a young writer she knows who was having some serious doubts about her writing. Man, do I know how that feels! I think any of us who have discovered the joy of writing have also discovered the weight of it, too. A few years back I wrote … Continue reading How to silence your inner writing critic
I’ve been considering my word for 2019, praying and meditating for the past few days on the one that will further my journey. My word for 2019 is FOCUS, and I’m so excited to take my life path to a whole new level. But it goes further than that. The truth is, my word for the year is actually FIVE words: Pray ~ Plan ~ Focus ~ Execute ~ Persist.
At the end of 2017, I was reeling from three months that included a massive fire that devastated my hometown, a failed book release, a writing project that took my failure to a whole new level, plus the realization that I couldn’t handle the busy life I had created for myself. I was broken. My word for 2018 became confidence, because my confidence was utterly shaken. I needed a year to get a grip and realize my worth.
Every new year, I dedicate that year to a specific word that will shape the next 365 days and hopefully take me further in my improvement journey. I always pray and meditate on this word, waiting on God to reveal the things in my life that need my attention and the theme that will guide … Continue reading The words that led me to my year of confidence
My current WIP is Numbered, a dystopian romance, set to release next year (date TBD). While we wait, I thought I'd introduce you to the main characters of this novel. Everyone, meet Noelle and Ryder. The year is 2050, and technology has advanced so that people know the exact date of their death and how … Continue reading Numbered, a dystopian romance: Meet Noelle & Ryder