Hello Readers! I'm excited to write that I was given the opportunity to participate in a guest post in anticipation of my fantasy novel, A Smuggler's Path, being released later this summer! Please take a moment to visit the website, The Once and Future Podcast, and then check out my post on their blog and…

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."                                                                                             - F. Scott Fitzgerald It was Fitzgerald's idea, but George Orwell gave it a name. Nothing better describes my feelings about fairy tales is doublethink. Doublethink…

Once Upon a Time…much later

Dear readers, I admit that my site has become part of the blogging graveyard--that nebulous place that unattended blogs inhabit until its finally shut down or--more ominous--it remains forever, like a dark stain on your mythical permanent record there to taunt you with the memory of your inaction. In my defense, I started the blog…

Valentine’s Day Confession

As many of you know, Disney has my heart. It’s the kind of love that can withstand many missteps (like tarting up Merida for her princess unveiling, waiting way too long to give us diverse princesses, and making a meeting with the Frozen girls at Disneyworld a logistical nightmare for any parent). For quite a…

Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose, When she wanted to wander, Would ride through the air On a very fine gander. Mother Goose had a house, ’Twas built in a wood, Where an owl at the door For sentinel stood. This is her son Jack, A smart looking lad. He is not very good, Nor yet very bad.…

Magic and Mayhem Part VI

Sorry for the delay. Computers really do run our lives! The proclamation was read in kingdoms throughout the land and many sought out king. Dukes, earls, viscounts, and other noble personages came to the castle looking for a bride, but were instead handed a mystery. Try as they might, none could prove or disprove the…

NaNoWriMo—Training Lean, Mean, Writing Machines

The kind of post that will keep me sane when I participate in NaNoWriMo this year.

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Yesterday Jami posted about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I really hope you guys take her class because she is truly a gifted teacher. Today, I want to talk a little bit about what writers (especially new writers) can gain from NaNo.

NaNo Teaches Endurance 

I remember years ago thinking, “Wow, if I could just write a thousand words a day, that would be AMAZING.” When I looked at professional authors, it was like watching a marathon runner—all the while knowing I couldn’t run a flight of stairs without requiring oxygen and possibly a defibrillator to restart my heart. I so struggled to get words on a page, and Lord help me if I saw something shiny.

Of course, after years of practiced discipline, I generally have a thousand words written by breakfast. When I fast-draft (which I do for all my books), my average is abnormally…

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Once Upon a Blog Post

My writings have been sporadic at best. I can only blame myself for trying to be so ambitious. It was a little crazy of me to think that I could write two novels and still the time and ability have to come up with original stories for a blog every week. Funny enough, I think…