Writing

Story Problems

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Two weeks later…

I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time getting back into a blogging routine. When I had “Modicum of Talent,” I blogged reliably. Maybe I got burned out–I don’t know. In any case, it’s not so much that I forget about the blog. It’s more a combination of factors like the lack of routine in summer, the feeling that I really have nothing new to say, the reluctance to spend time during the day writing… It seems like blogging falls to the bottom of the priority list most of the time.

In any case, I have been writing. (more…)

So Much for Once a Week…

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Remember how I said I’d update once a week with how the writing was going?

Yeah, that was cute.

It’s been a little over two weeks since I committed to attempting to write 500 words a day, every day, and to update the blog weekly with my progress. Well, I guess summer happened, because I obviously have not updated the blog.

I have, however, written.

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The Why

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I’ve been thinking the last couple of days about the “why” of writing. Why do I do this thing? Why do I want to? It certainly seems to be a tortuous experience, one in which I rarely see the point anymore, and yet I do it or wish I could do it.

I have a history of telling stories. Before I was writing them down, I was making them up. I had a running tale about Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in my head for years. (more…)

Loading Software

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Spring is here, kind of. I say kind of because it’s still not even a little bit warm in Oregon. Honestly, I’m usually the one telling people to buck up and enjoy the rain, but even I’m tired of it. We finally hit our first 65 degree day last Friday, and it was about three weeks later than usual. C’mon, sun–give us a little break!

But despite the cold and rain (or because of it–not sure), I’ve had a few successes that I thought I’d share:
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Reboot

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Good afternoon, internet.

I’ve started and stopped this blog post about a dozen times since the beginning of the year. I feel like I should let you all know that I’m still alive, but I’m struggling with what to say, exactly. I guess the best thing to do is my usual approach–stumble into it and see if I can rediscover my voice along the way.

I’ve already shared that 2016 was the hardest year of my life. (more…)

Square One

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I’ve tried to think of a way to start this blog so many times, and I can’t think of the perfect thing, so let me just start with a confession: It’s been a rough year around here.

Okay, “rough” is an understatement.

I can’t really go into details (not that I’d even want to), so let’s just say that it seems like my family has been Satan’s punching bag since May. It’s not pretty. It hurts.

And it’s completely derailed my fiction writing.

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Seasons

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September is my favorite month. The cynics among you who know me well will assume it’s only because the children are back in school, but that’s not the case. It’s because of autumn.

I’m not into pumpkin spice everything. (Does it occur to anyone that pumpkin isn’t a spice? And pumpkin spice is a spice blend? It’s not like one spice. Anyway.) It’s just the season itself–the crisp mornings, the changing colors, the rain, the last burst of summer we often get when it’s still comfortable to wear sandals and capris during the day, but we have to put on jackets in the evening. This is my favorite time of year–that time before the brutal East Wind starts driving icepicks through our chests here on the west end of the Columbia River Gorge, before the encroaching Christmas rush threatens to choke the joy out of the whole season, before the long stretch of darkness in January and February depletes all the vitamin D from the Pacific Northwest population. It’s after the heat, after the harried rush of summer, after the bickering siblings go back to school. It’s a lull–a rest–a retreat.
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Still Kickin’…

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Good morning, threes of fans.

It’s morning here–12:35 a.m., to be precise. I should be asleep, especially since I slept the last two nights on the ground (camping) and I’m too old to do that without consequences. But I’m wide awake because of course I am.

Anyhoo… Since I can’t sleep, I thought I’d take some time to update y’all on my whereabouts and goings on.
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Launch Day

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We have lift off!

Admit it. You thought this day would never come. It’s okay–I thought the same thing. But it’s here. It’s finally here.

Bloodbonded is live and on sale on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and other e-bookstores.

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One Week…

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Bloodbonded goes live one week from today.

I had plans for promotion and marketing–I really did! But as usual, life happened, and rather than spend the last couple of weeks promoting, I’ve spent it transporting children and managing a home. This stay-at-home mom thing is not for the faint-hearted.

So no, there hasn’t been a ton of promotion. And I’m kind of okay with that. Really, I’m kind of at a point in this writing thing where I see it as my responsibility to put the work out there and just leave it. I can’t make people buy it, after all. The writer’s job is to write. The rest will happen or it won’t. I’ll just keep writing.

I’m encouraged by the six pre-orders on Amazon. I might even be able to buy TWO lattes with the royalties from this book. I’m also encouraged by a few kind reviews and ratings. It’s nice to hear that people are enjoying the book so far.

I’m also surprised by my relative lack of publishing remorse (so far). I have had random thoughts about certain passages of the book (“oh, I should have done that this way” or “I could have really beefed up that one description”), but so far, nothing that makes me want to just delete the whole dang thing and start over. That may change once someone gives me a negative review, but for now, it’s nice to not have a dumpster load of angst over something I wrote for once.

So that’s where we are one week out. It’s not particularly earth-shattering news. I am mostly just assuring you all that I’m still here, I’m aware of the date, and so far, I’m not yanking Bloodbonded from the Internet and running away to hide in a closet.

So far.

I make no promises concerning potential behavior next Friday.