“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain Got to love Mark Twain's sense of humor! Though my writer's mind may be too adventurous to keep a sleepy conscience... 😉 ~~~~~ “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because … Continue reading 3 Quotes Challenge (more!)
Since Easter is tomorrow, I thought it’d be fun to share this true story, which happens to involve a chicken and eggs! My dad’s family knew this man named Mr. Brownhall, who had spent time at their church and spoke there several times. He was British and had one of those fun British accents, even … Continue reading The Prayer And The Egg
Both Lauren Gunter, and Rachael Ritchey tagged me for these fun questions, (thank you!) so let's get started! Rachael's Questions: 1. If you lived in a house made of jello, what flavor would it be? Any particular reason? My brain is automatically thinking orange. They taste best during the winter, and even though it's technically "spring" there's still … Continue reading The Blue Sky Tag
Today is a little like Throwback Thursday. 🙂 I was one of the "victims" Rachael Ritchey tagged for this blog hop, created by the entertaining Sarah Brentyn, to share with you the first thing I ever posted here on the blog, waaay back when it was just a baby! I dug through the archives of 2014 (come … Continue reading A Lesson In Never Giving Up #MyFirstBlogPostRevisited #Kungfupanda
My guest post today over at Indie e-Con: "How To Create A Villain" Every good story needs a villain, or some antagonistic force. They are the ones who make the protagonist's character grow until they become the hero their story needs, the hero that readers can admire. The villain makes the hero shine; the darkness makes … Continue reading How To Create A Villain
What lessons have I learned from fantasy stories? To some, fantasy is just fantasy, but to those of us who know better, fantasy is a way of showing real life lessons through an entertaining setting and in an easy-to-understand way. You escape your world, and yet at the same time you learn how to deal with … Continue reading 8 Lessons Learned From Fantasy
It's been a while since my last update post! All of those holidays kept getting in the way, you know. 😉 Time to catch you guys up-to-speed on things! I'm still peddling away at the bike, like I'd hoped to do in my 2017 resolutions, and as far as finding new foods goes, I've added … Continue reading Updates and January-February 2017 #writing #reading and #movies!
Your manuscript's rough draft is like entering an ancient castle, one that has been forgotten by time—caked in heavy dust and cobwebs, growing mold in damp corners. You step inside and can barely breathe, every step you take stirs up clouds from the floor. You think to yourself: This is terrible! What can I do? How … Continue reading Revising A Manuscript Is Like Cleaning A Castle: 8 Steps
I was tagged by blogging/writer friend Lauren Gunter for this Q&A! (thank you!) 1. Who are your favorite authors, and do they influence your writing? Okay, so the obvious ones are Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, who inspired me to read and write in the fantasy genre. Tolkien opened up a world of possibilities for my imagination, and … Continue reading I Write YA & MG, blog tag Q&A!
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss Too often I focus on the sad at the end, the goodbyes and farewells, the end of a fun trip or adventure, instead of being glad that it happened at all, and focus on the positive "glass is half full" side, So, this quote … Continue reading 3 Quotes Challenge