Drudgery

          According to Dictionary.com: drudg·er·y /ˈdrəj(ə)rē/ noun hard menial or dull work. “domestic drudgery” Synonyms:  hard work, menial work, donkey work, toil, toiling, labor, hard/sweated labor, chores, plodding That’s the way these edits feel. They feel like beating a dead horse. I know the changes are necessary, the book will be better for them and I’m growing as a…

Feedback Friday – Syzygy 2

It’s that time again! I know you all missed Feedback Friday last week so I’m super thrilled to get you back on track this week. As you all know, Feedback Friday is that wonderful time of the week where I provide feedback on some writing that was submitted to us at tickledinkblog@gmail.com I read it…

The Summer of Rejection Slips

It’s been the summer of rejection slips. Yesterday’s got me good. Normally, I’m like Onward! over rejection—not everyone gets me, I don’t fit into some publishers’ plans. It’s cool. But yesterday’s was one I really wanted. And it was not to be. Shrug. But also pout and eat ice cream. Then sit on porch and…

5 Tips to Regain Your Focus

Focus is a constant topic of discussion in our house. As the frazzled mother of a non-neurotypical child, we spend time every single day discussing focus and helping her learn focus.  Over the last however many years since her diagnosis, I’ve come to realize that I can learn a lot from her, too. And I…

Feedback Friday – Agrestic 2

It’s Feedback Friday again! I’m super excited to share this week’s piece with you. It’s a riot of a good time! What is Feedback Friday, you say? Thank you for asking, and welcome to the blog, I reply! Every week, we post writing prompts on Wednesdays. Every Friday, we select a submission from the Wednesday…

Feedback Friday – Headlong

Time again for Feedback on the Friday! It’s the best day for feedback, really. I HAVE DECLARED IT SO! If you’d like to discuss my assertion, please send me up to 500 words on one of our prompts and tell me all about it. Then I will happily inform you about why you’re wrong and…

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….

Grasping at Straws

The hardest thing you have to do as a writer is write when the words don’t want to come. To write through the blocks, and the slogs, and push out the terrible, terrible, terrible bouts of seven-adjective’d prose so purple it’s gone plum. And the paragraphs made up of sixteen sentences that average four words…

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”…

Feedback Friday – Widdershins

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, I promise! Want to participate? Look over the “Writing Prompts Wednesdays” posts and find something that speaks to you. Send it in to me at Tickled…