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…

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”…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…