Being Eaten By a Swarm of Bears While Thinking About What If

I spent three nights in the tent last week. The low temperature was in the teens, and my high sleep score (Thank you, FitBit.) was 82. That is, I slept “better” in the tent than I usually do in the house. (Possibly because the sleeping bag has a few straitjacket tendencies, so there’s less tossing

IWSG: One Photo

The awesome co-hosts for the The awesome co-hosts for the February 5 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson! This month has been good to me. I’ve been re-reading my most polished manuscript, and revising another, while working on a rough draft of a

Storytime Blog Hop January 2020

The Daughter of Disappearing Creek People talked about her. When she went into town–which wasn’t often–they stared at her, too. She knew what they were thinking, and they weren’t wrong. No. Far from it. The rumors, the whispers, even the hushed warnings… they were all true. The gossips never said anything she wouldn’t have said,

That Creeping Dread of Revision

I just printed out a manuscript for (yet another) read-through. I don’t know why, but for some reason, this is striking me as being a very big deal. I don’t expect this one to be a big project. After all, it’s already been revised. (Twice.) It’s not even like I haven’t sent it out before.

Mid-Winter, Mid-Novel, Mid-Revision Blues

I’m in a funk, right now. Maybe it’s the long nights of winter. Maybe it’s the endless tedium at the day job, or maybe it’s just the latest mid-novel slog. The thing is, I am making progress. I’m writing. I’m revising. I’m even typing those pesky handwritten pages that seem to multiply around me. Morale

Winter and Writing and Goals (Oh, my!)

I got caught between the two snow storms this week. I wasn’t really far enough north to have a full-on blizzard, and I wasn’t far enough south to have the thunder, lightning, and tornadoes experience. Nope. I got several inches, but not so much that I wasn’t dug out by bedtime. I did, however, get

IWSG: Getting Started on My Writer’s Journey

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! Sign Up Here! The awesome co-hosts for the The awesome co-hosts for the January 8

Back to the Writer’s Bullet Journal

As you know, I keep a writer’s bullet journal to keep track of my projects and my goals. This year, I’m focusing more on months than on years. Smaller goals, and more fresh starts. There’s something incredibly productive about self-forgiveness. Last year’s writers’ bullet journal focused a lot on the year. In fact, if you

Happy New Year, Everyone!

My neighbors started setting off fireworks sometime around 11:30. Since there wasn’t any chance of getting any more sleep, I got up and logged onto the forum at Holly’s Writing Classes. Thus, as luck would have it, I wound up ringing in the new year with other writers. I can’t think of a more auspicious

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