Category: Writing

  • Pintip Dunn’s THE DARKEST LIE

    I’m thrilled to take part in the Excerpt Blitz for Pintip Dunn’s upcoming YA thriller, THE DARKEST LIE! Check out the book below, along with the teaser excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway! THE DARKEST LIE by Pintip Dunn Publisher: Kensington Publishing Release Date: June 28, 2016 β€œThe mother I knew would never…

  • Failure, Shame, and Faith

    Failure, Shame, and Faith

    I’ve been thinking quite a bit failure. And shame. And the confidence to have the faith that your path is the right one for you. Why do we sometimes feel ashamed of our accomplishments (or perhaps lack thereof) and not want to share them? This makes me sad, for anyone feeling that way, and frankly…

  • The Writer’s Best Friend: Yourself

    You’ve probably seen the saying or heard the advice that one of the best things you can be is your own best friend. For some reason, this phrase re-entered my life this week and has me pondering what that means when you’re a writer. Because let’s face it, when you’re in the middle of drafting,…

  • Plan Happiness

    Plan Happiness

    As I’m looking back at many of the posts I write, I notice that first, this blog is older than I remember. πŸ˜‰ And second, that I write a lot about overcoming frustration, remembering our successes, and moving forward even when we get discouraged. Because here’s the thing: I get discouraged, too. I’ve been writing…

  • Comparison vs Acceptance of Self

    Comparison vs Acceptance of Self

    I saw this quote today, and it truly spoke to me. Likely because it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately, and because I honestly believe it’s true. Here’s the thing: it’s no great secret that all of us are different. That means the path our life leads us on – personally and professionally – will…

  • Changing Tracks: From Drafting To Revision

    So this week I finally finished the extremely ugly first draft of my latest WIP (tentatively called FROZEN STAR.) Which means that now suddenly I have to switch from drafting-brain to revision. It sometimes make me secretly suspect, especially when I consider the kind of revision I’ve undertaken previously, that somehow or other I was…

  • An Open Letter to My First Draft WIP

    Dear WIP, Why are you being so freaking disagreeable? I know we haven’t known each other long, only about 40,000 words or so. And I know I haven’t spent as much time with you as you’d like, but I’ve made all the changes, deleted characters you didn’t care for, even changed ones I liked, but…

  • Writing When The Words Don’t Flow

    Writing When The Words Don’t Flow

    So you know how there’s some days where the words seem to come to you faster than you can possibly write them down? Yeah, and you know about those other days too, right? The ones when you suddenly find yourself fascinated by laundry, and all the things you’ve happily ignored all week, like housecleaning, email,…

  • Cover Reveal: HIDDEN DEEP by Amy Patrick

    I’m so excited and pleased to be able to host one of my Golden Heart sisters and all-around-sweet-human-being, Amy DeLuca writing as Amy Patrick. She’s allowed me to help her reveal the cover of her new YA fantasy paranormal romance: HIDDEN DEEP. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to read it, and let me…

  • Need a Title? Here’s a Title!

    Here’s the thing: I’m not great at coming up with titles. Heck, I suck at coming up with titles. And I have read some great ideas about how to come up with a title. A few weeks ago, a GH sister, Pintip Dunn, had a great post over at Waterworld Mermaids, asking “What’s in a…