Fun, goals, Writing

Making the Most of NaNoWriMo

  NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! Which means it's time to create--worlds, plots and subplots, characters, conflict, music lists, and a space in which you love to spend time. Because if you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, you will be spending a LOT of time in that space. And with your characters. Over… Continue reading Making the Most of NaNoWriMo

Fun, Photography, Writing

Highlands Scottish-Irish Festival

My husband and I used to go to the Highlands Scottish-Irish Festival in Estes Park, CO every year. Unfortunately, it's the same weekend as the writer's conference I've been attending for the past several years--Colorado Gold.  (Colorado Gold is my favorite writers conference ever--if you're a writer and you've never gone before, I sincerely urge… Continue reading Highlands Scottish-Irish Festival

Fun, Gratitude, Quotes, Writing

The Lure of Bookstores

Anyone remember B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, or Borders? If you're a writer, you likely remember all of them well. To authors, brick and mortar bookstores are the equivalent of water to a river. We all dream of having our books holding space on the shelves. Even before I began to take my writing seriously, I spent… Continue reading The Lure of Bookstores

Family, Fun, Life Lessons, Quotes

Connections

I did an author reading from my latest book, Shear Murder (Book 4 in the Melanie Hogan mystery series) this past weekend. While it was fun to participate in an author event and hang with other local authors--one of them dear friend Karen Whalen who did an author reading from her new release, Peaches and… Continue reading Connections

Fun, goals, Writing

Passionate Writing

Not passion as in romance. But rather "passion" as described in another of Merriam Webster's definitions: A strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity. As I was journaling the other day it occurred to me how much I enjoy writing longhand. From the feel of my hand sliding across the smooth surface… Continue reading Passionate Writing

Fun, goals, Writing

The Three E’s

Education, Education, and Education. Oh, yeah, and education. I love learning! And I recently had the perfect opportunity at the Northern Colorado Writer's Conference. The theme? The Muse Cruise. It doesn't get much better than that. 🙂 Below is the new director at the podium while the retiring director takes it easy on the lounge… Continue reading The Three E’s

Fun, Nature, Quotes, Writing

Camp NaNo Success!

 Camp NaNo was a success in so many ways! I got a huge sense of accomplishment by completing my hourly goal. Enjoyed "campfire talk" with my cabinmates. Met some new amazingly kind, fun, fellow writers. Established a solid writing practice. Discovered that no matter how busy I am (April was one of my busiest months… Continue reading Camp NaNo Success!

Fun, goals, Quotes, Writing

The Thrill of the Climb

Today I'm posting some quotes that have made a huge impact on me and that go hand in hand with reaching the finish line of Camp NaNo (which was yesterday). Yes, I made my goal! It was a little "iffy" at times, but I did it. There's nothing as exhilarating as reaching the summit! :-)… Continue reading The Thrill of the Climb

Fun, Writing

Book in a Day

Last week was perhaps one of the busiest weeks I've had in a long time, in large part due to Crime Victims' Rights week (more on that next week), causing me to fall a bit behind on my Camp NaNo hourly goal. Nothing I can't make up, though. And Saturday's all-day event made it worth… Continue reading Book in a Day

Fun, goals, Nature, Writing

Setting Goals

Camp NaNoWriMo began April 1st and I'm off and running. One of the best parts is the virtual cabins. We have 11 people in our cabin and the support, comradarie, and inspiration we get from each other is priceless. And, pardon me if it sounds like I'm bragging, but we do have the best cabin… Continue reading Setting Goals