In many ways, writing still feels like a need that's intrinsic to my nature. But, external forces have been removed. Writing is no longer a forced activity rubrics and due dates, but a chosen form of expression.
I have drafts and plots for stories I want to write. They sit in their queue, waiting for me to pick them up, dust them off, and finish them. I have dreams for fairy tales, speculative fiction, suspense, and romance, all half-written with a clear road-map- but I can't bring myself to take the final … Continue reading The Stayed Hand: when you can’t put your ideas to the page.
Part 4: Here I paced my small chamber until I grew dizzy from making sharp turns in a small place. I sat I on my narrow straw mattress, with my head in my hands, and my elbows on knees that bounced with trapped energy. Tonight would be the final act of our ill-planed play. Whether … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: a Frog Prince Re-telling part 5
As children Prince James and I played in the courtyard together. We were unlikely friends, the second born son of a king and the only son of the castle sorceress, but we spent every day together since we were scarcely out of the nursery. He, as a second son, had few royal responsibilities, and I … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Re-telling Part 1
7 days of writing, complete! That's write (pun/typo intended), I worked on my writing every day this week, even while on vacation. I'll admit, I had my fears that travel would get in the way, but I was clearly wrong. I'll admit, I cheated a bit. I gave myself a pass for just jotting down … Continue reading November Writing Challenge: 1 week update
October's rains have faded into a cold gray November. Every year I attempt a writing challenge, inspired by NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month), but every year I fail. I have my reasons, excuses really. First there was school, then illness, then a demanding career. The truth is, I know I know I could do it, … Continue reading Writing In November
October is coming to a close, and NaNoWriMo edges closer. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a yearly challenge in which participants across the country attempt to write a 50,000 page novel in the month of November. In it's purest form, a writer will write an entire novel from start to finish in 30-days: … Continue reading Prep-tober: NanoWriMo Approaches
"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
When I first started this blog in 2017 I was giving myself writing challenges. I created a detailed Google Document that assigned me a writing prompt every day of the year. I carefully selected each prompt, just to make sure they were prompts I knew I was capable of completing. Then, to hold myself accountable, … Continue reading Prompted: re-starting with writing prompts
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