Character Development, Protagonists, Scene Writing, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

Act Two & A Red Herring?

I just crossed the 22,000 word count on The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers. Not at all where it should be, but that's only because there were a few months I took off to write some short stories. I also spent that time outlining, writing the first story synopsis and building a website for my… Continue reading Act Two & A Red Herring?

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Writing short to write long…

You know the feeling you get when you learn how to do something you've tried to master since you were a kid? I have these files in my room - manila folders full of yellowed notebook paper, stories I'd written as a teenager. Short stories that I started, but never successfully finished. Oh, I finished… Continue reading Writing short to write long…

Oldsters

Official Book Cover Unveiling!

I'm excited today to unveil my cover for Oldsters! Wow - what a feeling it is to see this book through to completion. I can't wait for everyone to head down Route 66 with Eddie and his friends...and I invite you to watch out for the official upcoming book release date.

The Writing Life

We keep so many secrets, so many things we cast deep down inside of us - all to make it through the hours of the days of the weeks of the years we exist. It's interesting to me when a writer is thought to be a particular character (usually the protagonist) of their story, either via… Continue reading

Oldsters, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

The great thing about life is you can change course when it feels necessary. Oh, maybe not the big things - like you hate where you live, but you don't have the money saved to move out West, but other things that you do have control over any given day. "I can accept failure. Everyone… Continue reading What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

Book Reviews & Discussions

2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

I have been so lost in reading, my time spent here has been minimal...blame my competitiveness - not with anyone else, just myself. The first year I did the Goodreads Reading Challenge, I rashly set myself up to read 50 books. I failed. Even as an avid reader, meeting that goal was difficult - especially… Continue reading 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, Protagonists, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

A Spark Ignites: A New Novel & Finding My Writer’s Voice

I stumbled upon my writer's voice this week. You may assume that if one is a writer, then they must certainly know what their voice is. That couldn't be further from the truth. Even after finishing my first novel, I couldn't have told you what my voice was as a writer. What is a writer's voice?… Continue reading A Spark Ignites: A New Novel & Finding My Writer’s Voice