NaNoWriMo 2019 was a huge success! I get so amped-up every year--like already in September--and then on the first day I get this "Oh, no!" feeling come over me. Once the first few pages are written, it's the "I've got this" feeling. After week two and into the beginning of week three, it's the… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Success and the Path Forward
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
Last weekend I participated in the Harvest Craft Fair in my hometown. I look forward to it months in advance and am usually a bit bummed when it's over. Anticipation hangover. The craft fair signals the start of the holiday season with lights, music, and community. My favorite parts of the holidays. Each year I… Continue reading Holiday Spirit
So in further explanation from the brief mention of Camp NaNo in last week's post, what exactly is Camp NaNo? It can be summed up in two words: Fun Challenge! Camp NaNoWriMo is a spinoff from November's NaNoWriMo where participants from all over the world strive to write 50,000 words in the month of November.… Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo
Writers and Writing
Is there anything more intoxicating than being in a room full of motivated writers? If there is, I can't think of what it would be. This past weekend I was fortunate to attend a writing workshop in Denver, Writing Commercial Fiction, by Jeffery Deaver, hosted by Rocky Mountain Chapter Mystery Writers of America, and Rocky… Continue reading Writers and Writing
Revisions, Revisions, Revisions
This past weekend I went on a short, but perfect, writing retreat at our cabin in beautiful Estes Park, CO. The typical visitors there are 4-legged. This particular weekend, however, they must have known I couldn't have any distractions. I was on a deadline. There wasn't a single 4-legged animal in sight. Not. One. In… Continue reading Revisions, Revisions, Revisions
How do You Define Success?
Writers are generally an insecure group of people. We have something we want to say and feel compelled to write, and yet fear lies beneath the surface every time we put our words out there for the world to read. Not every writer, maybe, but all I’ve spoken with. Even those I’ve read about, those… Continue reading How do You Define Success?
This month I’ll be posting character interviews from the world of the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series, which thus far includes Shear Madness, Shear Deception, Shear Malice, and coming in 2018, Shear Murder. This week’s interview is with Melanie Hogan, the protagonist in the series. I hope you enjoy getting to know Melanie. Can… Continue reading Character Interview
And in the Beginning…
For those who have read my bio, you know my writing years began at the tender age of four. I took my fat little crayons in my fat little fingers and decided to experiment with words on the knotty pine walls of the living room. My parents were not impressed! But even back then, I… Continue reading And in the Beginning…
Women’s History Month Spotlight – JK Rowling
JK Rowling offers hope to aspiring writers and is proof that it doesn't take money to make your dreams come true. It simply takes passion, perseverance, and persistence. At one point, prior to the success of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling found herself in a deep depression, divorced and with a baby daughter to… Continue reading Women’s History Month Spotlight – JK Rowling