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The Bottomless Bag

It has been an amazing last few weeks, so much so that it barely seems as though twenty-one days have passed since I made the announcement of the title of my first novel.  I hoped to try very hard to not let there be so much time in-between posts, but I obviously need to try harder. It’s all for a good reason, though. Several good reasons, in fact! Not all will be shared here at…

Will You Bring Your Attention to Me?

Okay, so maybe I’m listening to a little Saliva on this early-ish morning and I snatched the title of this post from one of their songs. Anyway, to the single, most amazing reason for this interlude: I am BEYOND psyched to finally be able to share the name of my debut novel with you. The book didn’t have a title, really, until just before the editing phase began. I was juggling some ideas around and…

Nothing to see here…

While I scrambled to adhere to deadlines, my Editor-in-Chief pored over the pages I’d written in longhand while taking various red slashes to the sheaf of typed offerings.  I don’t know how I can continue working under these conditions. He is a truly merciless and cruel taskmaster…I mean, LOOK at him!  

The Odd Inspiration

I know, I know! I haven’t been here much the last couple of weeks or so. But, it’s all for good reasons! I have been up to my lovely hairline in edits for the novel.  Let me tell you: Writing the book was so much more fun! Editing is, for lack of a better word, a pain. It’s like (for those of you with children) having to decide which child is your favorite. I’ve written…

Ho Ho Huzzah!!

During this lovely, long holiday weekend, I have been up to my hairline in editing.  It’s been an amazing process thus far, and I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made. Of note is the work that needed to be done on a pivotal chapter in the novel. I loved writing this chapter. It might be my favorite one in the book, but it was split into two sections written on different days.  I needed…

Step Right Up!

I will admit: I’ve been all over the place creatively in the last few weeks.  Let’s review, shall we? There’s my current novel – finally completed and being edited all to hell before I finally give it to my beta readers – which will not be before the end of the year as I’d hoped, though I am the one solely responsible for creating that deadline.  Once they’ve submitted their input, there’ll be a second…

Blurred Lines?

Fun fact: I briefly studied Massage Therapy in 2010.  I was enrolled in the Associate’s Degree program, with plans to obtain a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. In short, Kinesiology is the study of movement. As a massage therapist, I hoped to learn what I could about how to help treat or alleviate symptoms of injuries after they took place.  Studying Kinesiology would teach me how those kinds of injuries might be prevented.  Though I had no…

The Dangers of Double Dipping

I’m in the process of editing my novel into suitable rough draft form before handing it over to my beta readers. I admit to feeling like an overprotective parent – trying to make sure that my awkward but well-meaning progeny is ready for what I hope to be an encouraging and thought-provoking debut. Yes, the term is “rough” draft, so it’s not meant to be at 100%, but neither do I want to have to…

Work + Life

Most of us toiling away at work every day live for moments of downtime – when we’re away from work and can do as we please.  My friends and I have dreamed, at one time or another, about what it could be like to not have to work at all.  What would it be like to have a full day open to do as much or as little as you’d like? I used to think…

Looking Ahead

A writer’s work is never truly done, in my opinion.  I think that a good practice is to always be working on something – whether it’s a full writing project, outlines for a potential project, or a blog. Before the end of the year, my first novel will be fully immersed in the beta-reading stage.  That means it’ll be out of my hands until the jury, er, beta readers read it through and provide input. …