My story “Steampunk Circus” was runner-up in the Endless Press Realm Makers Scholarship Contest. The winner, Lisa Godfrees, became a staff member during the contest and graciously passed on the scholarship to me. I am going to Realm Makers this year! This is an answered prayer! Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lisa! Thank you, Endless … Continue reading Endless Press Runner-Up
My first newsletter goes out tomorrow! Inside will be a sneak peek into book one of my middle-grade science fiction series not found anywhere else online. Plus, newsletter subscribers get a free copy of my flash fiction story "Rocket City".⠀ Sign up here: https://eepurl.com/c01oF5
We have guests arriving tomorrow. The house needs a thorough washing, the laundry too. I also have a manuscript I need to work on and several other projects lurking in the background. And what am I doing? Obsessing over the submissions being reviewed. My short story babies got on the big school bus. Some left … Continue reading Oh, the Waiting!
The other day, I stumbled upon a thought-provoking article by Alexander Nazaryan titled Why Writers Should Learn Math. It was a persuasive article discussing the abstract and imaginative thinking needed for higher level mathematics and how that style of thinking benefits an author's writing. Before you throw the book at me, let me start by … Continue reading Patterns and Prose
There is no mythical point at which it isn't necessary to invest in learning. There is always room for improvement and something new to learn or understand at each stage. Embrace it and love it. The Beginning When I began to write my first story, I imagined the result and how it would all come together. … Continue reading Making Improvements
Don't Hold Tightly to Your Expectations When I started writing my first novel, I imagined that it would be a linear process. I would get a notebook and a pen, write a few short character sketches and a synopsis, and then write the story from start to finish. Hahahaha... What grand delusions. If only fiction writing … Continue reading Writing That First Novel