Today is the last day of school for my kids. I’m utterly overwhelmed by the entire concept of “summer.” I know it’s not exactly a fresh take to ruminate on how differently we feel about summer break when we’re children compared to when we are adults with children of our own. That’s not what’s gripped…

The Best Beta

Let’s talk about our dearest loves: betas! I’ve been doing a lot of beta reading this calendar year and it is a lot of work. I know how very important it is, so I’m happy to do it when I can. The first thing I always ask is what kind of feedback they’re looking for….

Feedback Friday – Tope

I know you’ve all been waiting and it’s finally here; it’s time for Feedback Friday! Feedback Fridays is that wonderful time of the week when I read over your submissions and let you know what I think. It’s fun, really! Well, at least I think it’s fun. You should all give it a try. How…

Feedback Friday – Velleity

It’s time again for Feedback Friday! Feedback Fridays is that wonderful time of the week when I read over your submissions and let you know what I think. It’s fun, I promise! Well, at least I think it’s fun. You should all give it a try. Want to participate? Look over the “Writing Prompts Wednesdays”…

Art and Forgiveness

Sometimes there are things in life that derail everything. I’m an imperfect person. There are a few patterns I keep on repeating and breaking free of them has proven harder than I anticipated. It’s been a lot of work and my therapist is trying really hard to get me to see the obvious. Well, her…

I Would Like to Win a Hugo, Please

I would like to win a Hugo, please. I mean, what are awards anyway? Who cares about the recognition of your peers or accolades? None of that really matters. There are tons of really amazing books out there which have never won an award.  We all know that’s true. But man, one day? I’d love…

It’s just terrible, really

My current WIP is probably really bad, and I’m pretty excited about it. I don’t like it when it feels like my stuff sucks. It’s demoralizing. That’s normal, none of us commit time to writing because we really don’t care whether it’s any good. Well, I’m sure there’s some masochist out there who gets off…

No sun and stuff make something something

Here in Minnesota we’ve had a lot of snow days lately. This has (evidently) been the snowiest February on record. And as I sit here looking out my window? It’s still snowing. I gotta be honest, I’m pretty over it right now. There has been at least one day of school cancelled each week this…

Feedback Friday – Limerence

Welcome back to Feedback Friday! Feedback Fridays is that wonderful time of the week when I read over your submissions and let you know what I think. It’s fun, I promise! Want to participate? Look over the “Writing Prompts Wednesdays” posts and find something that speaks to you. Send it in to me, and maybe…

It’s okay. Probably

I haven’t been writing much lately. You know how it is. Life just gets going and there’s only so much time. We get so busy doing what we have to do to survive, that there’s not much time to do the things we want. I don’t have the answer. No one does, really. People have…