NaNoReViSo Revelation

It’s Monday morning, 1 a.m. so technically, I think it’s Tuesday. But I have had a huge breakthrough, the one I needed. A mighty big THANK YOU to Geoff Le Pard who took time from his Nantholgy to review my research dilemma and explain it in clear terms...
Book Review: My Father and Other Liars

Book Review: My Father and Other Liars

One thing you can’t fake as a writer is voice. To some it’s a mystery to develop. It sounds a lot like the adage adults might have offered you as a teen — be yourself. Yet, to others, the pursuit of self and understanding who you are in the context...
Recalculating

Recalculating

The first time I ever rode in a car that had a Garmin GPS, I laughed at the voice prompt when when we missed a turn. It patiently stated, “Recalculating.” As a writer riding the rodeo circuit to get published, my recalculations are not always because of...
Coffee for WriMos: Last Call

Coffee for WriMos: Last Call

It is done… …not really. 51,000 words and many more to go. What NaNoWriMo did for me this year is get me started and kept me to writing the tedious scenes. Tedious because they were “not the story” but needed to explain the story, to develop...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Imagination fills the gaps. Sometimes I struggle because I want to be right. When writing history, it’s easy to slip up and include an object not yet invented or miss a social cue that today would be non-existent but back then ever so important. The temptation...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 24

Trust your sense of taste. Cooking a book is a lot like kitchen cooking. We have recipes from the masters like Chef of the Day and Author of the Year, but learn to trust your own taste. It’s nearing my favorite feast of the year and I’m pecking away at the...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 24

Your story is both unique and part of something greater. It’s snowing tonight and I can’t help but compare stories to snowflakes. Each storm is new, fresh. No matter how many stories go out each one is a fresh new voice. Like snowflakes, each story is...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 20

Relax. Breathe. You’ve got this! I don’t know about you, but I need a massage. I type one-handed so my right shoulder is starting to burn with marathon writing sprees. I’ve surpassed 33,000 words so I feel like I deserve something relaxing. Without...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 19

Is your spark already smoldering? If you sign up for NaNoWriMo, then you know all about the Pep Talks from authors that are emailed to your dashboard. I’ve been waiting for this one from Brian Sanderson since I first found out that he was slated for a Pep Talk....
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 18

Stories are powerful. A great reminder today from Geoff Le Pard over at Tangental with his post on the chemistry of storytelling. Be sure to visit and watch the Ted Talk with SJ Murray. It’s Tuesday, so Carrot Ranch also has stories to share from the Rough...