I believe it was Stephen King who wrote about writing your first draft with the door shut. It's a time to let all the messy imagination in your brain splatter onto the page. But there comes a time when you have to open the door because you can't publish without the help of others. I've… Continue reading Never a Solo Project
In my schedule, it says Power Comicon post for today... So much more has been happening than the Power Comicon, so here's a quick recap of what's happening in this writer's life. Events With covid, book signings have become more difficult. Many places simply aren't doing them. So when someone mentioned trying out a convention,… Continue reading A Case of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
I know I've said this before, but it's worth saying again. There are some amazing people in the blogging world. Back in December, Kat at The Lily Cafe approached me because she wanted to do something different on her blog in 2021. She wanted to start hosting author readings just like a walk-in cafe would… Continue reading Author Reading at The Lily Cafe
I sit at my desk, smelling the coffee steaming in front of me and simply reflecting. The dog snores beside me and the cat pushes at my back from where he sleeps behind me in my chair. I love these quiet moments, and I forget to appreciate them far too often. It's been a crazy… Continue reading Time to Capture Thoughts
Writing tends to be a solitary activity. At least, the idealistic picture of a writer has him hunched over his desk punching away at the keyboard all by himself. This has some truth to it insofar as the writer needs to get the story on paper. If he wants to go beyond that - to… Continue reading Shout Out!
I'm watching it fitfully try to snow outside while I sit at my desk and drink a mug of aromatic peppermint tea. In the background, the dryer's humming, and the cat's howling from the stairs because the full standard poodle we're dog sitting is staring at him from the bottom step. Eventually, my cat will… Continue reading What Do You See?
The phone's ringing. Facebook's sending out notifications. Email's pinging. The television's talking. Even the gas pump plays advertisements as you fill up your car. Ugh. Unless you make an intentional choice to shut it all down, you can't escape the constant demand for attention. One night a week, my husband and I make that intentional… Continue reading Quiet the Noise
In Colorado, there’s this thing that people do. It’s called hiking 14ers. Let me explain. The Rocky Mountains run through the state and gift it, if you will, with more than fifty peaks over 14,000 feet. (There are over 500 13ers, but we won’t even go there today.) So you see, there are these towering… Continue reading False Summit