Didn’t Final in the GH? Shake It Off!

On the Golden Heart~Reflections for the Morning After: First, I want to send out huge congratulations to all RITA and Golden Heart Finalists! It’s such a fantastic achievement that will stay in your memory and on your writer resume forever. It totally deserves celebrations, confetti, raising a glass of your favorite beverage, and a few shopping […]


On Writing: This is an “I’m almost too tired to post” post.  I may have to reevaluate my new schedule. For the past two months, I’ve been waking up between 5-5:30 am (not every day, but most days) in order to get a few quality “puppy free” hours of writing in. Harley is up and ready […]

Revising. With a Blowtorch

On Writing: I’m revising. Again. I’m getting pretty good at “killing my little darlings.” It’s not quite slashing and burning. I’d say it feels more like weeding. Aggressively. With a blow torch. Stripping out a few subplots and building more layers into the main plot. Which is painful, but fine. Oh, do I ever wish I […]

I Won the Mom Lottery

Something I Noticed that Might Have Passed Me  By (2009) It will be six years this summer since my mom died. The first three years sucked. The pain of losing her was intense and sharp and jagged. Like someone had twisted barbed wire all around my body and then told me to go on with […]