The Garden and the Trilogy


Sometimes the cure to Writer's Block—and to Reader's Burnout—is to do something else. Some of you might have known that already, but I've been stubborn for years, refusing to think myself capable of taking up another hobby with the passion I felt for literature. Then I took up gardening. The dining room window looks like … Continue reading The Garden and the Trilogy

Adventures in French


They say to pay attention to what interests you most, because it is part of you. In the past, if asked what my passion was in life, I would likely have responded, "Writing." I would have said without hesitation that I lived for story, nothing more and nothing less, but as we grow, we learn. … Continue reading Adventures in French

On Mermaid Tales & Short Stories


I may have completed edits for Serenade (which I still expect to release sometime in October,) but that doesn't mean I've stepped away from these characters and their adventures. It has been a fun week of world-building and character profiling. My personal copy of Dissonance is currently full of sticky notes! They were placed to … Continue reading On Mermaid Tales & Short Stories

Writing Update: On Short Novels


I'm taking another break from editing Serenade, and thought this an appropriate time for an update. I get so caught up in the editing process that I forget to tell people how I'm doing. I've learned many things since editing began, but perhaps the biggest lesson is that my books tend to be short. It's been a … Continue reading Writing Update: On Short Novels

The Start of Serenade Beta


Well, guys--it's begun. Earlier this year I completed a draft of Serenade coherent enough to show other people, but since it's still a little rusty, it's time to enter the beta reading phase. What is beta reading? It means I find people I trust who are willing to give me some of their time in order … Continue reading The Start of Serenade Beta

“my blood is a mix of coffee & tea”


Recently I spoke to a friend about writing, specifically poetry. A couple of verses I wrote came to mind, verses I feel define me: my blood is a mix of coffee & tea and words from authors long dead I wondered, how much of me is made of the words of authors long dead? Where do their … Continue reading “my blood is a mix of coffee & tea”

Celebrate October with The Autumn Prince + Serenade is Getting Closer!


October is going to be a very interesting, exciting month on the blog. If you've been following me on any social networks, you've probably heard of The Autumn Prince. It's a short story I wrote in three days--14k--with the purpose of sharing with you guys my twist of a Halloween story. I wanted to pour some romance … Continue reading Celebrate October with The Autumn Prince + Serenade is Getting Closer!

How Travel Improves Your Writing


So you want to write a book? That's great! Get out your pen and paper, but I feel the need to ask you have you had an adventure? Have you left your comfort zone? Many underestimate the importance of travel when it comes to writing. The solitary author bent over her desk is nothing but a stereotype. To … Continue reading How Travel Improves Your Writing

In California


While on a trip, you find yourself encountering new plot bunnies. Even when you're back at home, they aren't finished; they make themselves known at bedtime, steal your attention from everyday duties, distract you. They're cute, cuddly, and insistent--you can't send them off. You don't want to, either. The more time you spend in a different place (in my case, … Continue reading In California