Back to school…

I’m hoping that means back to routine for me. Like most children, I function better with a routine, but somehow, even after decades of practice being an adult, I am incapable of creating a routine for myself without an outside influence – like school. Getting out of bed in the morning is hopeless, if I’m…

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…

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…

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…

Finding the Silver Lining

One of the things I learned early in my writing journey is to avoid going crazy, to stave off paranoia, you have to find the silver lining. It’s a matter of changing your perspective and digging deeper than the surface. Below you’ll find six of the most helpful things I’ve learned in my decade of…

WIPs and Favorite Genres

I’m starting a new WIP. I decided it was time – after a hiatus to edit an old Urban Fantasy, and a December spent on cleaning up my NaNo – to go back to my roots and write some fluffy new adult. It’s what I do best. I’ve got a heroine on a mission, and…

A Tale of Two Solderers…

Okay friends. I told you all my tale of not needing another hobby. Well, Karma tried to pay me back, for saying I didn’t need another hobby, by not allowing me to have another hobby. The first soldering iron I bought turned out to be a big hunk of junk. It turns out, in soldering…

Starting fresh

New year, new novel, new doc. No new computer though. Last August, I decided I needed a break from Malarkey.    I spent September and October plotting what I was convinced would be my NaNo novel, but it turned out to be too complex – for me – to write for NaNo. I’m sure plenty of…

The Muddles

It’s the muddles of December. December has been gentler to me this year, than in years past. Usually, I spend most of December a puddle of goo which has been drained of both vocabulary and tears by a ruthless November. This year, I finished NaNo two days early. That hasn’t happened for me in years….

The End is Nigh…

Oh, thank fecking Gawd, the end is nigh. This is the first NaNoWriMo ever that I have managed to stay on par the entire time. I’ve taken it down to the wire on many, many nights, but I always manage to eeek above par by 11:59. I didn’t finish last year – life – and…