Is 2020 over yet? What a year! So much time, and yet no time at all. I feel like I've misplaced 6 months of my life and I've spent the last 4 trying to find them. But as 2020 approaches its highly anticipated end, I look forward to more normal features of life returning. And … Continue reading Time to kick it up a notch- 2020 updates
As summer begins, a bit of normalcy returns here to my home in southeastern PA. We've just emerged from the state's mandated stay-at-home order into what is called the "yellow" phase. As our COVID-19 cases start to drop off, we're back to the office, back to church, and back to limited, cautious time with other … Continue reading Into Yellow and Onto Summer- Writing Updates
I hope this post finds all of you well and safe at home during this strange and unsettling time. Where I am located, we are shut down and sheltering in place. From just a few weeks ago from when the first case of COVID-19 showed up, the number of infections has increased rapidly, so … Continue reading Quarantine, drafts, and homeschooling
This summer I gave myself two goals: read more and finish drafting my sequel to The Elmnas Chronicles: Mouse. I have begun tackling the first with the IFA Summer Challenge, which has been oodles of fun. Recently I finished Pursuit of Shadows by JA Andrews and Ranger's Folly by JT Williams. Andrews' second installment of the … Continue reading Reading, writing, and writing some more
Far Kingdoms has been a little quiet lately as I've been preparing for the launch of my debut YA Dystopian/Fantasy novel, The Elmnas Chronicles: Mouse. Here's the cover and summary! Mouse wakes not knowing who or where she is. Only the searing pain of the number 146 being burned on her arm with a white hot … Continue reading Announcing The Elmnas Chronicles: Mouse- Reviewers wanted!
A few weeks ago I reposted a list of SFF magazines ranked from best to worst accepting submissions here. Author Katy Nicholas of The Twisted Siren has done all the legwork in this next reblog for long-form fiction. These publishers accept submissions from un-agented authors, and judging by the names of some of them, … Continue reading Fiction Publishers List- Find a home for your book!
Tuesday Frippery isn't as catchy as the alliterative Friday Frippery, I know. But given that it's a lame Tuesday in southeastern PA thanks to some dreadful weather, I know I could use a little frivolity. Thankfully, I stumbled upon this fascinating website: I Write Like. The idea is you enter a writing sample, the algorithm … Continue reading Tuesday Frippery: I write like…
It's here! Pennsylvania's Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction is printed and ready to ship to your mailbox TODAY! Pick up your own copy to read my contribution, "The Rift," and let me know what you think! I love anthologies because they provide a place to sample many voices at a time, especially newer voices that you may … Continue reading Published TODAY! Pennsylvania’s Emerging Writers Anthology
Thanks to an ever-growing pile of rejections I've collected over the past few months, I've been pondering the place of the rejection letter in the life of a writer. Am I submitting to the wrong places? Does my work need to be more polished? Is it simply supply and demand? Each of those questions could … Continue reading Friday Frippery: Famous Authors’ Rejections
Today's post is dedicated to writers specifically, but I hope many of you will find the following useful. I gotta level with you people: I have a hard time with the idea of "self-care." In the mind of this type-A, self-motivated, has-to-be-productive-or-I've-wasted-my-LIFE gal, self-care often gets associated with weakness and indulgence. It's hard not to … Continue reading Chicken Soup For The Self-Motivated Soul or, How To Do Self-Care Without Feeling Guilty About It