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…

Working Through It

I’ve been having the worst time getting into the novel I’m trying to finish. It’s that soggy middle bit so it’s hard, and it’s summer so I want to play with my kids, and go DO stuff! You know, pretty much anything other than focus on the work. I’m still in love with the story…

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…

Adventures in Publishing

It’s been a rough week in publishing for Romanclandia. A lot of us have been affected personally by the unfortunate closing of Less Than Three Press, myself included. As hard as it is to see such a valued publisher have to leave us, I appreciate how it was all handled. Some of the authors 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…

Feedback Friday – Syzygy

Fantastic news! 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 a really great way to get another set of eyes on your work. Want to participate? Look over the “Writing Prompts Wednesdays” posts and find…

Yet Another Con

  Last weekend, I attended my second convention of the summer. Oh my heart, Fourth Street Fantasy replenishes me. The programming is writing-angled, but very meta. There’s tips and best practices in some of the discussion, but for the most part it’s “let’s unpack a subject and teach ourselves to ask enough of the right…