I took the last few weeks off from weekly blog posts because I was working hard on draft four of Daughter of Sorcery. And now it's done! I sent it off to a potential publisher a few days ago, and I sent it to a few more alpha readers too. I'm really proud of how … Continue reading Writing Update
What stage of the writing process am I in?
I have three stories in various stages, so I’ll give a brief update on each. Cloudborn A land split down the middle: one side forest and shadow, the other sun and field. Each side fears and despises the other, but their magics are meant to balance each other. Raesh’s sister was murdered by a man … Continue reading What stage of the writing process am I in?
When is it getting published?
When I tell people I’ve written a book, a common question I get asked is, “When is it getting published?” To which I want to respond, “It’s complicated.” First, you shouldn’t write a book and immediately publish it. It probably isn’t very good. Even if you’ve already written and published twenty books, your first draft … Continue reading When is it getting published?
Threads of an Old Life
"How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand... there is no going back?" ~ Frodo Baggins I have been learning recently about the need for breaking good habits. More specifically, about the need to be constantly conscious of which … Continue reading Threads of an Old Life
Fairy Tale Retellings and Pantsing
I’ve been writing for a long time. Since before I could physically write, in fact. My first book was called Bilbo Baggins Meets His Friends. I did the illustrations, and my mom wrote my dictated words. Bilbo and his friends have some crazy hats, for some reason that I no longer understand. Then came my … Continue reading Fairy Tale Retellings and Pantsing
Well friends, November is finished, and I may therefore return to the land of the living. In case you didn't know, I did NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year. This was my third successful attempt at writing fifty thousand words in thirty days. My intention this year was to write 50k words on … Continue reading NaNoWriMo
Tolkien and Fantasy
When I’m writing, I want to tell true stories. Not true in the sense of nonfiction. True in the sense of relatable and meaningful. I firmly believe that this is possible even in fantasy, which is the genre closest to my heart. To explain this a little better, I was going to give you a … Continue reading Tolkien and Fantasy
The Snowflake Method
It has been quite some time since my last update. I will say this only once, because otherwise I will likely say it every time I write a blog post. This was one of my hesitations in starting a blog. I know that I am a procrastinator. I know that I am incredibly motivated by … Continue reading The Snowflake Method
Mighty Fine Shindig
Not that the last five weeks were quite as bad as a duel for my life. After all, I didn’t get stabbed (although a few of my characters did). But I do sometimes feel like I’m wearing not my usual clothing at a fancy ball where I don’t fit in, only to throw a punch … Continue reading Mighty Fine Shindig