I never dreamed I’d be a plotter. The very idea of an outline made my head hurt and erased the desire to write a single word. Now… now I am a plotter. At least for Half-Life of a Soul.
I am a pothos. This understanding came about while I fought with myself about how to answer the inevitable interview question: How would you describe yourself as an employee? Come on, now. I can’t answer that! I show up, I do the things and do them well. Do you seriously need more? What the actual… Read More Freeform Friday: My Most Hated Interview Question
I don’t think I know of anyone who doesn’t have a hobby, however neglected it may be. Hobbies are so varied, and we have to admit we enjoy them or they wouldn’t catch our interest the way they do, right? But when life gets busy, they’re often the first thing to go. It’s too bad… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Enjoy a Hobby
I’m going to write from experience. I’m not exactly a newbie anymore, but I’m also not what I would call “highly experienced.” I have learned a few things though. New authors make mistakes, and it’s fine that we do! We’re learning! The skills take time to develop. No one wakes up and builds a skyscraper… Read More Writing Wednesday: Newbie pitfalls: The opening
Do you, like me, swallow your feelings so hard they never get a chance to come out until they explode?
We both know that’s a really bad habit with a whole boatload of trouble that will eventually unload on us, right?
So, today, let’s practice not doing that, but in ways that are healthy. Let’s find a way to let it out and use that internal space for something better.… Read More Soothing Sunday: Let it out!
Watching a sunrise or sunset might not seem like self-care, and if you don’t enjoy doing it, it’s not. It also doesn’t count if you watch it just to take pictures and post on social media while you’re doing it. Leave the internet for a few minutes, step outside, and watch. Do you hear birds?… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Watch a Sunrise/Sunset
Yep, I’m distracted. I’m making progress, but my brain is inundated with new ideas for writing projects outside of the one I’m focusing on! It’s both a good problem to have, and a stumbling block. When I write, I “hear” the voices of the characters and “see” the scenes playing out. Right now, this is… Read More Writing Wednesday: Distracted Writer!
I had to admit that “Funny Friday” wasn’t going as smoothly as I wanted it to. I’m better at humor in the moment than I am planning it out. I’m worse at sharing humor from the web when I know a million people already saw it. I don’t even share funny things to my friends… Read More Freeform Friday: Birth of a Poet
Skipping over the bleh that I’ve been under… I’ve managed to complete 9 chapters of the Half-Life series. I have NO idea what I’ll call the individual books yet. I’ll figure that out when I get them done. So, at this point, I’ve got Lauren in the afterlife. She’s had a chance to say goodbye… Read More Writing Wednesday: “Half-Life of a Soul” Update!
I’ve been working on myself a lot this past month. Dealing with the pandemic and my own anxiety and depressive disorders has been a real fight. As a result, writing is not a daily event and I’m working on not beating myself up for it. My therapist says I need to learn to be gentle… Read More Writing Wednesday: Slow and steady?