September to Remember!


September to Remember!

My goodness, she’s still alive and hasn't given up writing?! Ya it was touch and go there for a minute. My apologies for my recent leave of absence. I will now insert reasons/ explanations/excuses here -------> LIFE.

I know best explanation ever. I didn’t want to go into any long winded explanations that really aren't all that interesting. The point is, I wasn't writing or posting and felt that twinge of failure. So now I’m back to right the wrongs and wash away the injustices my former self has done.

At least I can say that before my hiatus I went out on a high note. “The Protector of the Night” received great feedback and my deepest thanks to all that took the time to read and enjoy it. You’re all awesome.

Since this is technically a Manuscript Monday I suppose I should talk about how some of my goals are coming along. Back in April I posted “Goals for 2016” progress report…  My reading goals for the year are going better than I would have originally expected I’m only 2 books shy of being right on schedule. That means I’ve currently read 16 book this year. For me personally that’s nothing to turn your nose up at.

My book’s progress on the other hand... I’ll be totally honest… Right now it’s not looking too good. Still sitting at 37,000 words and might be facing a POV hiccup. Let’s just say that just because you’re a new writer doesn't mean all your first choices are wrong.

November NaNoWriMo is only a month away and I do plan to participate. I have a concept, characters, and have started a brief outline. So keeping my hopes up for November.


In closing, I’m working my way back into the swing. Thanks for your continued support and I hope to bring more entertainment with every passing month. Have a good week!

It's Ok to go BIG!


  So since we hadn’t watched it in several years my husband and I decided to watch “The Pirates of the Caribbean” I think we can all agree those movies are an epic journey. While we were watching the third “At World’s End” I thought about my book and the feeling I wanted to evoke in people. My story is not a swashbuckling high seas adventure but the grandiose feeling it has is the same I hope to achieve. And I had a thought pop into my head, “It’s ok to go BIG.”

I’ve felt kinda like I have been tip toeing around my own story, worrying about if something is too outlandish or unbelievable. Yes, these things are important to think about but being too careful about them is slowing me down. It’s just a first draft, and how will I ever pull my readers into my world if I’m constantly worried about making them feel like they are still in the real one? (Screw the real world! That’s not why we read.)

I don’t want you in the real world (Gross!). I want you out here with me in the sticks of a new reality. I want you wishing my world was the real one. Not that lame reality where we all have to work for money then spend it on bills and food. (Where’s the fun in that?) Don’t put your story in a box. Don’t be timid about the world your characters live in. You’ve made it, so make it whatever you want. It’s only a first draft, you can always rein it in later. But just imagine the greatness we could be holding back.

Speaking of going big… I’m hitting some real milestones in my writing career. Just this past week I submitted my first piece for possible publication! (Exciting!)

And speaking of the real world, I was promptly rejected… I might print the letter out, frame it, put it on my wall. The first in what is bound to be a line of rejections. It comes with the territory and now that my first rejection is out of the way I can go back to writing. Don’t let a rejection scare you into a fear of writing. Let it fuel you into being a better writer. Writing more, writing often, and writing big grand stories that inspire!