Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond!

Yes, I'm using my best Buzz Lightyear voice to announce the latest serving of awesomesauce from the IWSG!


From the IWSG website:

"Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey."

Get your copy today!

ISBN 9781939844088
235 pages, FREE
Find it at Amazon, (please tell Amazon you found it for a lower price elsewhere) Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords,Goodreads.

Haven't heard of the Insecure Writer's Group? Read on, my friends!

It's IWSG time! Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writers. Thanks to the awesome co-hosts this month: Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

Check out the new IWSG Critique Circle and the Facebook Page


A huge shout out goes to all the fabulous brainchildren who contributed or helped with the editing, formatting, and publishing of the Guide. Ya'll seriously rock!!

May you all have a magical and sparkly holiday season. See you in 2015! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Author School Visit Tips & November IWSG

I'm not an expert, by no means. But I've had the privilege of visiting several schools recently and a presentation to a writing group of young adults this past summer. I'd like to share a few pointers I've picked up.

Don't allow last minute changes to fluster you. Don't let them ruin a visit / reading. 

Be prepared for anything. :)

Do design your presentation age appropriate. High school'ers probably won't be interested in listening to a picture book, but they'll enjoy a talk about the writing process or revision.

Do bring a bottle of water and a hearty snack (if not lunch). 2 Fig Newtons will not carry you through the day, no matter what you think.

Do ask the campus media specialist to help prepare for your presentation ahead of time. Remember the 5 P's. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Presentations.

Do ask a teacher or the librarian to assist with crowd control during your presentations. Trust me. Remember, you're "famous".

Remember they will want to hug you. Give the little darlings the love they deserve, but remember to bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.

As for questions & answers
Do keep questions on track. 
Remind them questions have a ? at the end.
Ask them to only ask questions regarding your book(s), subject of books or writing, their own writing or something about your writing / revising process. If you like Fruit Loops isn't important.

The youngsters love to tell you the "parts"of a book, and what a writer does and what the illustrator does. Ask them!

And most of all... Do have fun. They will love you. Remember you're a rock star in their eyes.


It's IWSG time! Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writers. Thanks to the co-hosts this month: LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy!

I'm still neck deep in revisions, but I'm almost finished! I can finally see the light. Then off to my agent. Yay!

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo... write on!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October IWSG: Harvesting a Pearl (A Few Thoughts on Revision)

If y'all are anything like my friends and family, you're probably thinking, "Be done with it woman! Aren't you finished revising that darn manuscript yet?" I won't bore you with all the gritty details, because well, most likely most of you understand where I'm coming from. But here's the gist of it. 

No. I'm not finished yet. (Darn it) Did you know it takes 1 to 6 years for a freshwater pearl to form? 5-20 years if we're talking saltwater. 

In light of it being post day for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, I'm sharing a few good revision gems. Make sure to visit the IWSG website to find out how the anniversary will be celebrated this year. Best of luck to all of you who're submitting to the anthology!! Me, I'll have to pass, so I can complete the pearling process.

Revision Gems 

~Until next time, write on, y'all!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. IWSG: Blogging Struggles, Big Girl Pants, & Honing the Craft

What do these 3 things have in common? For me, everything.

It's no secret, I've lost that bloggin' feelin'. I can hear Maverick and Goose serenading me as I write this post. (Yeah, right.) But seriously, folks, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Since I decided to reduce my blogging down to once a month (IWSG post day), I've not only lost followers, but my comments went down from between 50-75, down to 4. I've been a lousy blogger. I can only blame myself. Really. 

But I'm getting the work done. Perfecting my manuscript. Honing my craft. Every time I make a pass, the manuscript only improves. I won't lose focus of the big picture. Publication. Because truth is, it's why I've set out on this journey.

So, no pity party. I wear big girl pants. 

I have to endure the struggle. No matter what the cost. 

My copy w/ younger sibling scribbles
Honing Your Craft

I read CALL OF THE WILD in 1981. My copy still sits on my bookshelf today. Jack London and his character Buck made quite an impression on me back then. I'd like to share his philosophy about honing your craft.

1. Be decisive, choose something, then attack it.
2. Be persistent, endure struggle, and hone your craft.
3. Develop a routine and be relentless about it.
4. Settle into a groove and make the act of creating part of your life.

This article here goes on to say, Jack London was "horrifyingly prolific" when it came to writing. *whistles* What I wouldn't give to have someone say that about me some day. Wishes do no harm, right?


You can find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group here. Visit the link to find out how we're celebrating our 3 year anniversary! You can also join the group on Facebook. Please join me in thanks to Alex Cavanaugh (our mighty Ninja host) and his awesome co-hosts for the September, Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham!

Write on, folks!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August IWSG (Belated)

I had every intention of posting yesterday. Really, I did. However, my husband had other plans. Yesterday morning, he announced we were repainting our wraparound porches. That's 960 sq. ft. of porch. Two coats. Didn't get much else done, but they look great!

Find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG)
on their blog or their Facebook Page

So that I didn't completely flake out this month, I decided to go ahead and do a quick, belated post. Hope all is fabulous with everyone out there. Me? Still waiting on a few beta reads of my novel. In the meantime, I'm working on yet another pass & tweaking as I go. 

Debbie Ohi's comic seemed fitting for today's post. Enjoy!

Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July IWSG: Mixed Feelings About Finding Your Book in a Thrift Shop

First of all, do you buy it? Of course you do! But then the round of questions begin. Who bought it and then gave it away? Why did they not want it anymore? How come they didn't ask me to sign it? Did they absolutely hate it? (Yeah, that must be it.) 

On one hand, it's quite thrilling to find my book on a thrift store bookshelf, but on the other hand, it's quite sad, too. My hometown is a map dot of a town in Texas, so the chance that this person who bought and gave away this copy knew me, is HUGE. So again, why didn't they tell me and ask me to autograph the copy?

I know. Cry me a river, right? Life could be much worse.

I guess the one big positive is my book was for sale (even if only .99) along with tattered copies of popular children's picture books. For once in his tiny, acorny life, LITTLE A. was shelf buddies with a copy of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

Yes, in an odd way, Little Acorn's feeling positively giddy right about now. Me? I guess I'll go ahead and scribble this one down in my accomplishment book. 

Write on, folks!


Have you heard? There's this fabulous group known as the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Once a month, writers around the world meet online to express their fears & insecurities. The best part is support! You're not the only one out there. We're all in this together. :) A huge shout out goes to Alex Cavanaugh, our fearless ninja leader and his co-hosts this month:  Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PLUMB CRAZY Release Day Book Blitz!!!


I won't waste your time with a bunch of blah, blah, blah from me, let's get to the good stuff!!!

Release Date: 06/10/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Small town country girl Elva Presley Hicks is about to attend her five-year class reunion with her best friends, Shay and Margarett.

The discovery of an old fanfic manuscript stirs up memories of her summer job as a plumber’s helper in Houston the summer before senior year. She earned a lot of money that year, but was lonely as heck.

It's not like there weren't any suitors back then. Elva could have chosen between Chase, the obese pig farmer, and Wyatt, the plumber with wandering hands. But Elva yearned for something more, and found it that fateful summer, with electrician, Mitch McCall.

It was magical. Mitch wasn't turned off by Elva's name or fan fiction writing, and Elva didn't lose interest in Mitch after he cut off his nose at work.

Trials and triumphs followed including a friendship implosion, world-wide fanfic humiliation, and goat salvation. It would go down as the most memorable summer of high school.

But as these things sometimes do, the summer romance fizzled and Elva moved on to life after high school. And while she's ready to reminisce, she is unnerved when she runs into Mitch at the reunion. Can they give it another go after so much time has passed, or are they too different now to even try?

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Elva munched the last fry as they entered the plumbing shop parking lot. She licked her fingers. A man in his twenties straddled a gold Harley outside the dull metal shop building.
He wore a Stetson, but it didn’t hide his chiselled face—a GQ God, sculpted, perfect. Elva climbed out of the truck, and he gave her “the look,” the honest to God “checking you out” look.
Let him look, she thought. Her double D boobs weren’t one of the most common sights in the universe.
A very short man, even shorter than Papaw, scurried out of a corrugated metal garage door.
“Get your damn butts to your damn jobs on time, damn it. I damn sure don’t want to lose any more damn money. Damn it all to hell.”
Everyone nodded, so Elva obliged by nodding too.
“Mr. Bob, what about my gal?” Papaw asked.
“Elva Presley?” One man snickered and ‘damn’ man, Mr. Bob, laughed out loud.
“Damn, I didn’t think your damn granddaughter would show, damn it.” He put his hand on his head and shouted with laughter.
Elva tried to smile but instead stretched her lips over her teeth like a Rottweiler rubbed the wrong way. What had she thought it would be like?
“The gal gets one damn week trial. Elva’s assigned to Yves’s damn team today,” Mr. Bob said. “At the damn valve company.”
“Should we start Elva out on industrial?” Papaw asked.
“You said she could do the damn work.”
“She can, but, hell, it’s an industrial job.”
“I can do it.” Elva stepped forward. “Who’s Yves?” She surveyed the group of men standing in a semi-circle.
“I’m Yves.” Another short man answered. He was maybe thirty with thinning hair and hazel eyes. Elva stuck her hand out, and he stared at her with a halfopened mouth. Not a good first contact situation, but he finally took her offered hand.
The GQ God stepped up and smiled at her. “I’m Wyatt.” His fingers wrapped around her hand. Warmth shot up from her stomach to her face like water bursting from an artesian well.
“You look pretty sturdy.” Wyatt leaned toward her, smiling. How did he get his teeth that white? He smelled forestry-like and clean, and she couldn’t help taking a deep whiff.
“I’m Elva.” Her face turned hot.
“Pleased to meet you.” Wyatt doffed his hat and placed it over his heart.
Elva ducked her head. “Likewise.”
“We’re with Yves. Follow me.” He headed to a nearby plumbing truck.
Elva paid particular attention to his backside. Wyatt had bulging muscles and skin-tight Levi’s.
They all climbed in the pick-up and sped away from the shop, taking side streets. Yves was driving, and Wyatt had pulled his hat over his eyes. Elva sat in the middle, smashed up against Wyatt’s leg. She wished for a cell phone so she could call Shay and Margarett and covertly describe every delicious Wyatt detail.


 Molly Blaisdell's first crossover YA/NA romantic comedy, Plumb Crazy, is forthcoming from Swoon Romance. She is also the author of 30 books for children, including Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs (Barron’s), The Truth About Unicorns (Capstone Press) and The Big Fuzzy Coat (MeeGenius!). She's written hundreds of articles for many internationally known publishers, including MSN, Scholastic, eHow, Hasbro, and Penguin's Author Learning Center. Molly is a Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M in Chemistry. She is a long-time member of SCBWI, and is a former Regional Advisor of the Western Washington region, a Blueboard Moderator Emeritus and a recipient of the Martha Weston Grant. She formed her first fan fiction group in junior high school and is still a huge fan gal of all things space, Star Trek, anime and blockbuster movies. She's the mom of four, and currently lives under the wide open skies of College Station, TX with her husband Tim. Her interests include fine art, folk art, and Texas music.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June IWSG: What Do You Do Between Projects?

Happy IWSG post day! 

If I may be honest here for a moment, creative people have complicated minds. There’s a lot going on inside our heads! It's been my experience, when I’m not allowing my creativity to flow, my brain can be downright messy.

I recently completed another round of revisions on my MS and have passed it onto a couple of readers. (If you read Mystery, think Cozy w/ lots of humor & a bit of romance, and want to beta read, email me at 

But, in the meantime...

When I’m between writing projects, it’s best if I redirect my creativity down other avenues. Otherwise, I get clogged. Anxiety and frustration build, and before you know it, I’m a moody butt nobody wants to be around. I want to believe many creative folk suffer from this, and I’m not the only one. But maybe I’m just trying to make myself feel normal.

If you’re anything like me, you may need to step back from the computer for a spell. Here a few things I like to do to keep my inspiration and creativity flowing between writing projects.
Yoga – sequencing classes for my students. Putting together postures that flow and compliment one another. My yoga mat is my blank page, my palette. Every class sequence is different, producing different results. Like art.

Art –specifically painting. Colors stimulate the senses and keep the right brain cranking. You don’t have to be a professional artist to create art. Let the color and canvas tell you what it wants to be.

Gardening –an art my grandmother taught me when I was a child. Plant compatibility and garden design is where the art comes into play. It’s creation in a simplistic form.

Here’s a great article sent to me by a writer friend about why it’s important to keep your creativity churning. 3 Simple Ways to Be More Creative (And Why It's Important)

So, what do you do to keep yourself in the zone when you’re not writing?

The IWSG meets globally (online, of course!) on the 1st Wednesday of the month. From the IWSG website: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. 

If you're interested in joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group, click on the link above. You can also visit them on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May IWSG & How to Beat Manuscript Codependency

The Insecure Writer's Support Group  post day is the perfect time to publicly announce my admittance. I am a manuscript codependent. According to Wiki, the term codependency refers to the dependence on the needs of, or control of, another. In my case, "another" refers to my current manuscript and my need to control it.

When it comes to my manuscript, I have extreme control issues. It can't survive or get better without me. Nobody can help, but me. I put my manuscript above the care & feeding of myself. This is no bueno. Eating is essential. And if you want people to like you, showering, is too.

Having a history with codependency, I can relate the condition to my writing.

Learning when to let it go... to beta readers, is crucial. So, if you're anything like me, this may help. I've come up with twelve steps to recovery.

The 12 Steps of Recovery for Manuscript Codependents

  1. Admit you’re powerless over the darned manuscript, and your writerly life has become unmanageable.
  2. Make the decision to turn over your manuscript to a few trusted beta readers.
  3. Beg, plead, or coerce them to read your manuscript.
  4. With the help of these brave beta readers, you may regain a shred of sanity.
  5. While waiting for betas to finish, do something completely different.
  6. Consider all ideas / suggestions from betas (They may see what you can’t or won't.).
  7. Make an honest, fearless list of what sucks about your manuscript.
  8. Admit to yourself and everyone around you what sucks about your manuscript.
  9. Make the decision to fix what sucks about your manuscript.
  10. Humbly thank everyone who pointed out your manuscript’s shortcomings.
  11. Through blood, sweat, and tears, rewrite that darned thing.
  12. After having a spiritual awakening with your revised manuscript, as a result of these steps, carry this message to other manuscript codependents, and help them see the light.
Chuck Wendig offers hilarious revision tips. Warning: He is prone to dropping the f-bomb.


From the IWSG website: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. 

If you're interested in joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group, click on the link above. You can also visit them on Facebook.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

My lovable, hugable, & uber-talented agency sister, Marci Lyn Curtis invited me to do the My Writing Process blog tour. Since I'm swinging from a new rung on the monkey bars (switching genres), I thought, what a fun way to publicly announce it! 

First, a bit of creative fun I crafted on Tagxedo about my novel.

1.) What am I working on?

In December, two things happened to me simultaneously; I hit a slump w/ picture book writing and lost my mother. My soul was face down on the floor, but the writer-girl (picture superheroine in cape) inside yanked my soul up by its heartstrings and said, Get up & write, you numbskull! Something had to change.

So, I set aside my picture book project and began revising a New Adult manuscript I drafted during NaNo in 2010. Without letting the plot proverbial cat out of the bag, let’s just say, I LOVE this manuscript! 

Here’s what a beta reader of the first 50 pgs. said, “Although, I do love your PB stories, >THIS< voice needs to be heard.”
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? (*Disclaimer: IMO, in my opinion. Not to start a genre discussion.)

*IMO, from what I've read so far, NA fiction feels very contemporary-ish and / or romancey. I also *believe the NA genre remains in a developing phase. It’s like a juicy bowl of Jell-O, solidifying in the fridge. Will it eventually include subgenres, i.e. mystery, horror, romance etc?

(At this point) How does my story differ? *IMO, even though my NA story is contemporary and has romance, it focuses a lot on the mystery and suspense elements, reading more like a southern sexy cozy.

3) Why do I write what I do? The answer is simple. I enjoy it. Whether I’m writing stories for children, teens, or currently, new adults, the plots always contain themes centering around my own reading interests. Write what you want to read. Right?

4) How does my writing process work? Ideas, characters, and plots always (I repeat, always) appear at the most inopportune times. I can be driving, shopping, gardening, doing yoga, reading the paper, watching the news, eating at a restaurant, getting new tires, or in my NA story’s case, secretly stalking the Citizen’s on Patrol unit around town, when an idea suddenly takes me by the throat, forcing my butt to the computer chair.

My writing process goes something like this: Write. Read. Revise. Repeat.

I do this until someone tells me to stop.

I'm passing the torch to one of my favorite and talented blogger buddies, Randi Lee. Such a beautiful sweetie-pie! Watch for her Writing Process post next week!

Randi Lee is a writer, blogger and marketing professional who currently lives in Western Massachusetts. An actress first, Randi often blends her theatre studies in with her writing technique. Several years ago she published a book of short stories and poetry and has been featured in numerous publications, both online and in print. Randi’s latest collection of short stories and poetry will be available in May. She provides tips, advice and laughs on her blog—The Emotional Process of Writing a Novel.


Write on, y'all~

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April IWSG: Perseverance Road

Welcome to Perseverance Road!

I'm honored this month to be a co-host for the Insecure Writer's Support Group this month. Our fearless leader, Alex Cavanaugh is participating and a co-host for the A to Z challenge. Visit his blog to check out his posts! 

Please thank my awesome co-hosts: Hart JohnsonChemist KenTerri RochenskiClare Dugmore, &Lilica Blake!

In honor of the IWSG, I'd like to chat a moment about PERSEVERANCE. The only way to succeed is, as Nike so simply tells us, just do it. Even when the odds are against you. Push through. 

Don't let others tell you you're not good enough or you can't do it. 

Turn around and say, "Watch me."

If writing is your dream. Don't give up. You're the only one who can make it happen.

On March 1st, I set a goal of doing a full revision pass on a 75k novel in 30 days. Lofty goal, you might say. Yes it was. There were days when I thought, this will never happen. But I showed up every day and made it happen. On March 31st, I met my goal. I beat the odds.

You can, too!

Happy IWSG Day! Write on, folks~

P.S. If you're interested in being a part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, click on the link above. You can visit the IWSG Facebook page, too!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wait. What? Another Mid-Month Post? Melissa Maygrove's Cover Teaser!!

Warning: Blog author overuses exclamation points and all caps when excited.

In anticipation of her debut cover reveal on Monday, March 31st, Melissa Maygrove is sharing some teaser images this week. A trivia question has been paired with each one. It’s a contest! (Yay, we LOVE contests!!)

Hop around to participating blogs and collect all 7 answers, then give them to Melissa by Saturday. Your answers don’t have to be correct to win, but you must submit a complete list by the deadline to be entered in the drawing for the giveaway. (Did she say, GIVEAWAY??)

The prize is a free e-copy of her book once it’s published and a $10 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. (We LOVE prizes, too!!)

(I bet you're asking, HOW COOL IS THIS??)

‘Sometimes a single choice
alters the course of a person's life forever.’

Come Back
Western Historical Romance
Adult / New Adult
Coming May 2014
Teaser images designed by Carrie Butler,
Forward Authority Design Services


Check Melissa’s blog for links to all the questions. Submit your answers to her email, melissamaygrove(at)gmail(dot)com, or use the contact form found on her blog. *Deadline for entries is Saturday, March 29th at midnight central time. A randomly drawn winner will be announced in the cover reveal post on her blog on Monday, March 31st. She’ll list the answers to the questions then, too. (Cover reveal Monday!! SQUEALS!!!)

If you’d like to be notified of important events, like cover reveals and releases, consider signing up for Melissa’s newsletter. You can do the on the home page of her website, (YES, you can sign up, too!!!)

Isn't this EXCITING and FUN?! Don't forget to check out Melissa's cover reveal on Monday, March 31!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Molly Blaisdell's PLUMB CRAZY News!!

***Warning: This post uses a high number of exclamation points and an overuse of all caps (aka shouting from the rooftop). Earplugs may be necessary.

You might be asking yourself, "What the heck? C.F. blogging in the middle of the month... huh?"

There are times when I'm willing (AND SUPER-DUPER-FREAKING EXCITED) to crawl out of my writing cave to help support another writer. 


Join me in celebrating with Molly Blaisdell today! Her cover for PLUMB CRAZY (out in June by Swoon Romance) is out, folks!!! I've plastered all over my FB and Twitter, and now I'm revealing it here! 

Drum roll please...


The cover is simply FABULOUS!

"A Romance Unplugged Novel" LOVING IT!!!

And the plunger... So. Much. FUN!!!

Where can you find Molly?
Her Blog

And you can even add PLUMB CRAZY to your TBR list on Goodreads!

Feel free to CHEER her on in the comments below!!!

*FYI, you may experience a burning sensation in the throat after shouting.

And now back to revisions~

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March IWSG: It's a Wonderful Writerly Life

Seriously, folks. As I sit here writing this IWSG post, I'm counting my lucky stars. I have a gift. I'm not talking about my writing (although, I consider it a gift as well), I'm talking about opportunity. The opportunity to write. A fabulous family who supports my creative, quirky, I-don't-do-the-9-5-job-thingy, writerly life. I have the luxury of teaching yoga, which boosts my creativity and allows me the time & energy to write. Yes, It's a wonderful writerly life. 

Take a moment and think about all the wonderful aspects of your writerly life. What gifts do you hold which allow you to be the writer you are? Acknowledge them. Honor them. It's good to be thankful. It's amazing when you stop and consider all the wonderfulness in your life, how the good stuff just keeps coming. Try it. :)

Writing Update: On March 1st, I joined Author Denise Jaden's March Madness challenge. This will be my 3rd year to participate. We use the #Wipmadness hashtag over at Twitter. This year, I'm using the challenge to whip my NA ms into shape. Revising. Adding. Deleting. Plot tweaking. Fleshing out characters. Since Saturday, I've spent 31 hours on the ms and sifted through 42 pages. I'm a mad-wipster, and I'm having a revision party. :)


If you've never visited my blog before, I'm a huge fan of the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG), founded by Alex Cavanaugh. Across the globe, we meet (online, of course!) the 1st Wednesday of the month to express our writerly fears to the world or offer support & encouragement to others. Nothing wrong about expressing our insecurities, we've all be there before. Feel free to join us! Thanks to Tina DowneyElsieElizabeth Seckman, & Julie Flanders for co-hosting this month! You can also join the IWSG on Facebook.

Pens & Poses

On April 26th I'll be presenting my Pens & Poses yoga and writing program at The Writing Barn in Austin, TX. You can click on either of the links above to find out more information. 

Tell me something good in the comment section! What's new? What makes your writerly life fabulous? Are you an IWSG'er? Interested how yoga can boost your creativity?

Write on, folks! See y'all next month~

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February IWSG: Great News & Tips for Revision City

Happy IWSG day, folks! I hope my news will offer inspiration to you all. Just when I thought I'd hit rock bottom, something good happened. After my mom passed away in December, I had a bit of trouble writing. Okay, a whole lotta trouble.

So, I did what most writers do and busied myself with another project. Revising a 64k New Adult Mystery Romance. Boy, am I having a blast with the rewrites! What was I thinking when I tucked this baby in a drawer in 2012?! 

To make matters even sweeter, my agent read over the first chapter and a short synops and likes it! Life is good, folks.


Revision City can be a rough part of town. Plot holes lurk around every corner. Congested sentences are littered with trash. Flat characters run rampant. Here are a few tips to get you through the muck, that crappy first draft. Hail to the polished manuscript!

Approaches to the Larger Revisions

Revision Tips to Get You to the Finish Line

The Bookshelf Muse Editing Archives

And don't be a prisoner of the desk! Take your laptop to a coffee shop or a park. Print out a few pages and revise in the fresh air & sunshine. Get up. Move around. Stretch. And for your family's sake, shower! Trust me, Revision City will be a happier place.

Check out the Insecure Writer's Support Group and its founding member, Alex Cavanaugh. The IWSG meets across the globe via the Internet on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Writers are encouraged to release their writerly fears or offer up support for others. Alex's co-hosts this month are, Sheena-kay GrahamJulie MusilJamie Ayres, and M.L. Swift. A BIG thanks goes out to all of you!

*Don't forget to read Alex's post today. He's got a .99 deal that'll send you to the moon!! Hint: Cassa...

Write on, y'all~

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January IWSG: Working Through Grief

Hello friends! I hope this post finds you all well and healthy in the New Year. There's something magical about the beginning of a new year. January usually brings out the urge to create in me. This year is different, though.

On Christmas Day, my mother passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. The results from an autopsy aren't back yet, but I'm guessing it was her heart. She was sixty-two. We had a lovely memorial service for her last Friday, but the pain and loss is still weighing heavy on my siblings and me. 

I contemplated even posting this month, and as I sit here writing this post for January's Insecure Writer's Support Group , I am certain some of you have been where I am. This empty, dark place that seems to drain every ounce of creativity I have. All I want to do is lounge around, read, watch TV, and sleep. I know at some point, I'll have to get up and dust off my britches and push forward. 

I haven't written a single word since she passed. I don't know if it's normal or not, but when I sit down, my brain is filled with fog and all I do is stare out the window. Normally, I can write through stressful moments; this feels different. My nerves are raw, and my heart aches.

My fear (or insecurity) is not getting a grip on my creativity again. Will my desire to write come back to me?

Three days ago, I decided to pick up another novel I wrote a year ago and began working on some revisions. I'm finding it a bit easier than trying to write. The novel is a new adult romance mystery with a quirky female protag. I actually found myself giggling at the draft yesterday.

I'm ordering Denise Jaden's  WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART this week. I'm hoping it'll give me a few pointers in using writing to deal with my own grief, while also helping me use my grief and loss and turn it into something productive.

To check out what the Insecure Writer's Support Group is all about, click on the link above. :)

I hope to be back next month with a more upbeat, supportive post. 

Until then...

Write on~