Yes, Virginia, There is a Way to Survive NaNoWriMo

I’ve been doing NaNo for several years now, and I can vouch for a few truths concerning the process. Number one: The first week you will be on fire. Take advantage of that feeling. Write like your ass really is on fire, because… Number two: Week two sort of gets sucky. You’ll be tired for …

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The Flower Gals

I can remember when I first started this writing gig many moons ago, long before the sabbatical took me into the quiet months, I found inspiration all around me. Much of that inspiration came from the people close to me in the form of Marines and their families. When the advice came down the pipe, …

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#tagyou’reit or The Subtle Art of Co-Writing, Part 2

Carrying on with the idea of writing with a partner, I wanted to share with you some of the advantages and pitfalls of doing such. I thought I'd start with the pitfalls. You might recall that I co-wrote two books in what was supposed to be a trilogy, but was never finished, with three other …

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#tagyou’reit or The Subtle Art of Co-Writing, Part I

One of the titles you'll see resurfacing here in the next few days is a joint effort with my writing buddy, Haley Hayden. She's the person I share the website and Facebook page with, Sweet Tea and Other Things, and our reader group, Sweet Tea Mafia. You should check the group out! We have a …

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#SpringCleaning and Other Reasons Not to Write or #howcampnanoiskickingmybutt

For those in the crowd who may not know, CampNaNoWriMo started April 1st and runs the duration of the month. While the pace isn’t quite as frantic as the big event in November, you set your own goal and work at your own pace on as few or many projects as you’d like, it’s still …

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#categoricalcrisis

I find myself recently thrown into a dilemma that I’m happy to have happened into, yet confused as to how to proceed through. On the one hand, the discovery of this dilemma has cleared up a host of questions, and on the other, it’s brought up a host of questions. When I first began my …

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To Sub or Not to Sub…

That was the dilemma. Friends, I have a manuscript that’s taken some time to complete sitting in its designated folder awaiting me to attach it to a submissions form and press submit. After taking the great sabbatical, I’ve waited a long time for this moment. A really long time. All the while I’ve been finishing …

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Where in the World?

Back in the early nineties, when my boy was but a wee bairn, a worldly thief by the name of Carmen Sandiego came into my world. Little did I know, Carmen had been around for a few years via a video game before coming to small screens everywhere in the form of a cartoon where …

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On Recognition of Inspiration

I’ve said for a long time that if a writer is lacking inspiration they need only take a look around from wherever they’re currently sitting. If something in your own environment isn’t in some form or other inspiring, I daresay you perhaps should find another occupation. Case in point… When husband’s retirement was T-11 months …

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The Fine Art of Walking Away

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I’d learned quite a bit since my last foray into the land of writing and publishing. One of those things I’d like to touch on today is the fine art of walking away. Now, while it’s true I walked completely away from a modestly successful career three …

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