Like many writers, I have a backlog of writing. My files and folders are stuffed with projects I've started, but abandoned at various stages of development. Short stories and novellas in many genres: speculative horror, suspense, fantasy, and romance, children's books, and personal essays- all still waiting for their first draft mock-ups. In honor of … Continue reading Half-Told Tales: My Incomplete Writing Projects
"Don't be a 'writer', be writing". I love and hate Faulkner's famous advice. I hate it because I know he's right and I haven't been writing much lately. Between craziness at work, home life, and my business- I am have almost no energy to be creative. At least, that is the excuse I've been making … Continue reading Be Writing, Not just a Writer
It's official: I am getting published! A small, non-profit, all-volunteer, fantasy magazine in the United Kingdom is publishing one of my short stories. The magazine is called Noctivagant Press, you can check out their website here: https://www.noctivagantpress.co.uk/. The piece I submitted is called "Lass From the Low Country". It is a tragic tale of love … Continue reading Publication Announcement
I was never a good poet. My brain seems hardwired for prose. I can write a beautiful sentence full of metaphor and irony, but any attempt to craft that into something short ultimately results in something cliche and insincere. Still, despite my shortcomings, I never stopped trying to write poems. I still enjoy the genre … Continue reading My Bad Poetry: Should I Quit?
I take the half-filled journal from my bedside; The leather cover is warm in my hands. The broken spine falls open on the table, displaying parchment pages the color of sand. My quill tip pen is newly filled after several month of sparing use. It hovers over the empty pages as I await my writing … Continue reading Return to Writing
I am the writer who doesn't write. In college I told myself I didn't have the time, and the excuse seemed valid at the time. Between full time employment, full-time classes, homework, and commutes- I barely had time to breathe. My writing suffered, but I scribbled when I could and dreamed of graduation. I told … Continue reading Adulthood and Passion: when writers stop writing
So I failed NaNoWriMo. I could have written 50,000 words, but I didn't. I could have written everyday in the month of November, but I didn't. I could have finished my novel, but I didn't. I could be upset about my failure, but I'm not. The thing is, I did so much more this month … Continue reading I Failed NaNoWriMo, and that’s okay.
We are now 14 days into National Novel Writing Month. How am I fairing in the annual challenge? I'd say, about as expected. I was upfront with you all that I would be cheating. I didn't start a new novel from scratch, and I know myself well enough to know that setting a hard-word limit … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2-Week Check-In
If you haven't already guessed, I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Yes, I am aware that it is cliche, and no that is not going to stop me. This is something I decided I have to do. What Is It? Pretty much anyone who has taken an elective writing class knows about … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Why I Have to Do This
For those of you who haven't been following my blog, I was invited to read some of my work at the Utah Valley University Writing Showcase.As a recent graduate from UVU, I felt honored to be invited back by some of my professors to read some of my work. The event was small and informal, … Continue reading Writing Showcase: what I did and what I learned