Thursday, May 7, 2015

New website and blog

Hi internet friends and assorted peoples,

I just wanted to let everyone know who has possibly come across this site that I am no longer very active on it (well...duh) and have created a new website and blog!

So please, if you are curious and want to make friends and chat books and social work and all that good stuff, come on over to, because that's where I'll be.

Happy writing, happy reading, and I hope to connect with you very soon!



Saturday, April 14, 2012

7-7-7 Challenge

The 7-7-7- Challenge

So I am notorious for not being the best blogger in the world, but for like the tenth time, my good buddy Lora Rivera challenged me to one of those tag-now-you're-it type of blog posts.

But this one intrigued me, to be sure. I hope you guys are as intrigued as I am! Here are the rules:

Flip to page 77 of your current WIP.

Find line 7.

Post the 7 sentences that follow.

Tag 7 more writers. The writers I chose are some new, some old Twitter friends. My seven writers are:

Lora Rivera
Amber Plante
Meredith Booey
Anne Hale
Kasie West
Editor Su

I hope you take part (it doesn't take long, I promise!), because I can't wait to see what others have written.

Page 77, line 7, and the 7 sentences that follow:

Caleb’s eyes never left mine. “Apparently I’m going to the Winter Formal.”
His face remained steady and placid, but my heart lurched as I made my face indifferent.

“Oh?” I said casually. “Who’s the lucky girl?”

Aidan broke in. “Come on, you can’t guess? Who likes our boy, here? Who’s been chasing him since he came to this school? Jenny Morgensten,” he finished, looking pleased with himself. “I set it all up.”

“That’s right,” Caleb said, slow and even. “Aidan set it all up. Isn’t that great?”

Ugh. First draft, people--be kind!
Now, I can't wait to see other people's 777 offerings...


Thursday, January 5, 2012

10 Things I do Differently as a Writer

I was thinking the other day, as I was reading a book, that even if I never wrote another word of prose ever again, that it's too late--I am already in too deep, that the thought process of being a writer has absorbed too completely into my pores. For example: 1. When I get a new book, the first thing I do is read the Acknowledgments page to see who the author's agent is (and whether or not I ever queried them!) 2. I can't stop mentally correcting people's grammar... (sorry Facebook friends, but you're means YOU ARE and your means, well...your. Also a lot is NOT spelled alot. Sigh) 3. When I read,and come across a phrase or description I admire, I jot it down on a notebook for future writing reference. 4. I stalk publishing houses (wondering if they'd be good fit for my book) like other people lurk on 5. When I drive, I have little Post-its handy so I can jot down good dialogue that comes into my mind at stoplights. 6. I read for work, not just pleasure. 7. I can't watch a movie without looking for things like these: conflict, thematic imagery, act one,act two, climax, etc... . 8. I always think the book is better than the movie. 9. Instead of telling my husband, "Not tonight, honey. I have a headache," I say, "Not tonight--I haven't met my word count yet!" 10. And finally, instead of dreaming of winning the lottery, I dream of seeing my book on a bookstore shelf. ...What are your top ten?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Words Connect Us

. Christmas Eve always makes me think of people who are lonely, without friends and family to share the holiday with. I wish I could gather them all up and make them not so lonely. I wish I could do more. But I was thinking, that as a writer, we do something remarkable, whenever we write something, or read a work from another author. We connect. And even though I may be reading, or writing, alone--I am connecting to the people who are reading my book, and the people whose books I am reading. It is amazing and profound, really, how books connect us. And that, I think, is what the human experience is all about. Connecting. Learning and growing. And ultimately, loving. Merry Christmas, everyone. And I wish you all much success in the New Year.

Casting Crowns: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011