Writing Ideas

I’m often asked “how do you get so many ideas for stories? Where do they come from?”  They come from… being absent-minded. I know it sounds embarrassing. But it’s the truth.  When I’m staring out the window (looking at clouds or wondering where the mailman is at), gardening, even showering…TMI?). Anytime my mind as the…

Virtual Traveling

When I was about eleven years old, in Mrs. Morgan’s class, I had to pick a place to do a social studies report on. Part of that involved requesting travel guides from the place we selected. I picked the United States Virgin Islands (I was obsessed with beach life at the time). In class we…

Forever my Bayouzzzii 

Saying Bayou was the sweetest and most wonderful dog in the world is like calling the most delicious peach pie “good.” It just does not give it the justice it deserves. Bayou and I had only been apart once, for three days. From the day he came home on January 22, 2010 until he passed…

Homemade Curtain Tie-backs

For those wanting to opt out of spending $20+ for curtain tie-back material, I have a solution for you! I purchased these for less then $2 each at Lowe’s. I painted them with leftover paint. And used an empty upside down kleenex box so I could paint it and let it dry without setting it down…

The Truth About Writing 

A few days ago, as I wrote, something profound came to me. Writing is not JUST writing. Yes, you can sit down and write a story. But, everything before and after is what makes writing… WRITING. Writing is about the great books you read. It’s about the horrible books you read. Writing is about the…

Dear Netflix 

Dear Netflix, Did the writer’s for Bloodline go on strike after season 2? I’m confused as to what exactly you filmed ten episodes of, for viewers. Were you holding the actors against their will to believe their scenes would come together during editing? Bloodline season 3 started off good, only because it was leftovers from…

Continued Stages of R/R

An hours worth of revisions…. I re-wrote the best sentence ever! OMG, this is the worst sentence ever! The story is much better now!! WAS to HAD, and then back again, and again….and again. 

Stages of Receiving an R/R

I recently received a revise and re-submit option from an agent. I wanted to share with other writers what it was like to receive such an awesome email. Reading the email Realizing what I just read The feeling of it sinking in Can I do the revision? Yes I can do it! Oh no, I…

Library Haul for May – Children’s Books

Brunhilda’s Backwards Day by Shawna J.C. Tenney – 2016 – I rather enjoyed this fresh story about a witch. The illustrations are beautiful and the story has a message, but subtle. Black Dog by Levi Pinfold – 2011 – Reading this book took me someplace else, far away from my couch in Phoenix. The illustrations…

A poem for Mom 

A smile of yours, in a frame of gold.  Visions of what you were, frozen without ice.  Knowing your flesh is not here, but your soul is close.  Could you send a breeze with a butterfly, missing you might sting a little less. 

Too Many Queries 

Is there such a thing as too many queries? We are well aware of the long waits a query takes, even after the marathon it took to write and personalize it along the way. So, maybe the question is, too many at once, or not enough at once? Is there a perfect formula?  I’ve often…