I discovered this year that shifting focus clarifies a story. I’ve been toying for a while with the idea of putting THE AUTUMN PRINCE on Vella; I even dreamed of it once (too much?) but didn’t trust in my ability to do so without crossing from editing to rewriting. THE AUTUMN PRINCE can be read … Continue reading THE AUTUMN PRINCE: A Vella Serial
This year has not been my greatest writing-wise. I finished one draft of a novel I'm happy with; everything else turned out to be a mess. Perhaps 2017 has been too emotionally loaded for me to connect with characters. Maybe it's more optimistic: it could be that I've improved so much, I can't be happy … Continue reading New Plans for The Autumn Prince
Imagine your mind is a forest. The edge of the forest is a place where you pause and get distracted--a place of heldbreath, of course. Sometimes we wait at the edge of heldbreath for days, months, or years. I've been lurking there for several weeks, skillfully talking myself out of a very important task. Should … Continue reading The Forest of Heldbreath
In October of 2015, I released a serial on my blog called The Autumn Prince. It became more popular than I had anticipated; one reader called it the "highlight of her month," and I am still humbled by that. The following year it was adapted into a short story for the Crows on Heartstrings anthology, … Continue reading The Autumn Prince Returns
In September I was outside enjoying the days before autumn really kicked up frost. I had my Moleskine with me; as I watched leaves let go of their branches, the words autumnal gold surfaced in my heart, and I began to write. What resulted was a story I would release in twenty parts on October … Continue reading What’s Next for The Autumn Prince?
Someone dear told me once that art is about learning.This applies to writing as well—but we aren't just learning how to improve our craft or tell a story; we're learning how to prioritize projects. Right now I have two novels to edit and a little something I started in a notebook today. I'm learning to keep … Continue reading What Art Teaches
2015 was a special year because I finally published my first book, Dissonance, in June. I spent months putting it off--perhaps I was scared to have my story out in the open, or I edited too much. But it finally happened, and I never regretted it! I know it's a cliche, but leave your comfort zone and dreams … Continue reading What I Learned as an Author in 2015
How are your NaNo novels doing? I am pleased to say that I have reached 32k and have an end in mind, which is more than I can say for other NaNo projects--indeed, more than I can say for any writing projects at all. Also, my friend Kristia made a beautiful cover that I could … Continue reading The Autumn Prince Novel: Cover & Excerpt
I haven't officially participated in NaNoWriMo for two years. Instead I would attempt smaller projects for Camp NaNo, none of which I completed; I always seemed to give up right when I gained some momentum. This year, though, it seems my Muse really took a liking to me; why not give it a try? For … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2015 & The Autumn Prince
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!
I'm very excited--and extremely proud--to be trying a serial story on October. Here on the blog, I'm going to post a bit of it every weekday; it is a short story called The Autumn Prince, some of which is already written, but some of which I'll be writing as I go. I felt like harnessing the magic of Halloween … Continue reading Introducing The Autumn Prince (Coming October!)