Being Enough

A bunch of crazy friends of mine and I are about to embark on a 30-day writing challenge called JuNoWriMo (June Novel Writing Month).

It strikes me as I dive into this adventure that writing or really any sort of creating we do is an exercise in courage.  To create requires we put ourselves on the line, bare our souls for others to see.

And it’s damn scary.

When I write a novel, somewhere around the one-third to one-half mark the novel starts to talk back.  And it tells me that it’s a horrible story, that it’s dumb, contrived, no one will ever want to read it, and what’s the matter with me for wanting to write it in the first place.

That spot used to stop me dead.  The story would die and I would leave it to break it up for parts later.  Novel after novel I started only to have them die at almost the same point every time.

Until I learned from Anne Lamott and started to talk back. Read more

Two New Things

Two new things are coming my way and thus your way, one sooner than the other, and one much bigger than the other.

The bigger one is the later one, but I’m going to talk about it first because I’m most excited about it, okay?

Okay. I knew you’d see things my way.

This July (it’s looking like July 1st even!), I’m releasing my first novel (well, first novel that you get to read), Flight of Blue.  It’s the first book in a trilogy called the Keeper of the Keys Chronicles, and I’m so totally excited about it.  If you sign up for my very occasional updates (email newsletter), you’ll receive notice about giveaways and release dates and specials (Psst! There will be some $0.99 days for the ebook as a promotion right after it comes out…)

If you like to review books and would like to receive an advance readers copy (paperback, and yours to keep so long as you post a review on Amazon and Goodreads (if you’re on there you can shelve the book now!), contact me.

Okay, enough on that! On to the next thing…

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