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

New Plans for The Autumn Prince

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

The Forest of Heldbreath

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

The Autumn Prince Returns

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

What’s Next for The Autumn Prince?

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?

What I Learned as an Author in 2015

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

The Autumn Prince Novel: Cover & Excerpt

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

NaNoWriMo 2015 & The Autumn Prince

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

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!

Introducing The Autumn Prince (Coming October!)

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!)