TIME…..

Oh the difference time can make. I am always surprised by how true this is, especially in writing. I have so many times written something I considered perfect and let it sit for a few months. When I come back I can feel that excitement in my belly, I’m thrilled to read the thing I knew I wrote so well. More times than not I finish the perfect section confused. Who messed on my computer? This isn’t what I remember writing. This sort of sucks. So, I edit like a mad woman and come out on the other side of it with something way better something pretty much perfect.

Cycle reboot. Wash rinse repeat.

I wonder if anything will ever be, just right? I wonder if published books are an embarrassment to their authors ten years down the road.

I guess this says a lot about the writing process. The more you do it the better you become. Yes, that is my take-away. My craft is just a chipped and fractured pebble right now, nice as that is, someday it will be a smooth, glittering marble. I’m energized by this process.

WHY CAN’T I WRITE???

I am just going to come out and say it. I am in a holding pattern. I have lost sight of the dream. I have lost sight of my self. I HATE  the stories inside my head that will not leave me alone and yet will not come out in a way others of my craft … [Continue reading]

BETA READERS/friends (that are not your mom)

So, it takes a village to edit a book. Well at least one of my books. So they are not a hot mess per se; I have no problem getting from the first page to the last page plot-wise (I can do it with my eyes closed) what I can’t do AT ALL is edit. … [Continue reading]

Epic Fantasy that is FIERCE!!

I love me some Epic Fantasy. Like seriously. It was my first real love (of the books I myself have read). I think a few things that make Epic Fantasy really work for me are: the coming of age story with the cool mentor guy, and the hard-sodded life … [Continue reading]

Why do I do this?

If any of you are reading ELIZABETH TUDOR and don’t want to have a notion of certain developments later in the story ruined, cease construing pronto!! This process of writing is very exposing and brutal and I have no idea why I keep doing it. … [Continue reading]

SO good yet SO bad

There are a few books I read concurrently that inspired me to start my website, cleanlit.com  These books are so awesome as far as plot goes but they have something in them that just completely turned me off so I couldn't finish either the book or … [Continue reading]

A Few Thoughts About Self Publishing

Now that my book has been published, I have a few thoughts that I wanted to share with you, my beloved readers. I went with a printer called Bookbaby, and things didn't quite go as planned. There is a lot more to publishing than just printing out … [Continue reading]

4 Zombie Stories That Don’t Bite

So I am not a huge zombie lover. I have a 'if it doesn't really freak me out then I will read it' relationship with these books. They can be super fascinating and super scary. But here are a few that were tolerable. In fact I really loved THE GIRL … [Continue reading]

I Heart Kasie West and People Like Her

Sweet, sweet romance. I do love me some smoochy-woochy , lovey-dovey.  I just don't like it when authors take it 'all the way' (especially when the characters are teenagers).  Sometimes you run across an author that you just can trust. One you know … [Continue reading]

Do The Work. It’s Worth It.

Do the work, it’s worth it. I don’t get writers block. I don’t ever have that stumped feeling, ‘what should my character do next’. I literally only have to put my fingers to the key pad and my characters continue the playacting that is their … [Continue reading]