Have I made a mistake with my writing? Should I have paid more attention to what readers want? Should I have followed a formula and used tropes? I'm not a genre-specific author. The one genre I loved when I was younger was romance. I read novels in other genres, but wanted to be a … Continue reading I’m not Joan Wilder
It’s NaNoWriMo time!
It's that time of the year! It's NaNoWriMo time! For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Anyone can sign up for this challenge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I've completed seven projects since 2012 and I've signed up again this year. … Continue reading It’s NaNoWriMo time!
I loved my literature and writing classes in college. I was a literature student, so of course I did! But more than that, my teachers and professors introduced me to works I normally wouldn't have discovered and read. One memorable work is 'night, Mother, a pulitzer winning play in the early eighties by Marsha Norman. … Continue reading ‘night, Mother
Mirrors Strike Back
Sometimes you discover a writer who you simply click with. You become engrossed in whatever they write, buy whatever they publish, and their words stay with you long after you've read them. That's the kind of writer Rebekah Mallory is. Having first found her online through her blog, I knew her honest, edgy, … Continue reading Mirrors Strike Back
Writing Poetry with Maria
I was looking through old notebooks and journals, and I came across an old black spiral notebook filled with old writing stuff. There were ideas for children's stories (for a class I was taking), random journal entries and the best thing ever--poems I wrote with my old coworker Maria. 🙂 Why would I … Continue reading Writing Poetry with Maria
Are you a journal writer? Do you keep them and read them from time to time? Or do they end up in the garbage or a firepit? I've been a journal writer since I was young--like under ten years old young. My first ones were the standard little diaries with a lock my mom gave … Continue reading Career musts
I was looking forward to meeting the nice old couple that lived across the street from our new home on South 5th Street. If you read my last two posts, you know that my husband and I moved from Ellicott City, Maryland to western Pennsylvania last Spring. We bought a … Continue reading Eternally Together
Home (Part 2)
Is it fair to expect our new house, or any house, to live up to our former "camelot?" When we went shopping for our next house, we had a smaller budget and didn't want the large yard or need the two-car garage (though that would've been really nice). Instead, location, price and a house we … Continue reading Home (Part 2)
Home (Part one)
We sold the house we had lived in for five years last June. When we bought it in 2016, we knew it wouldn't be our forever home. But even though I knew that, it didn't stop me from nesting in it, falling in love and not wanting to leave. I am the kind of person … Continue reading Home (Part one)
My most memorable NaNoWriMo
I've participated in NaNoWriMo seven times. I reached the 50K goal every time, but it wasn't easy. Each time was stressful and hard. But I know who I am, and I know that as soon as I sign up for this personal competition, there's no other choice for me but to succeed. I'd tear myself … Continue reading My most memorable NaNoWriMo