Setting Through The Lens Of Character

The scenery around us often changes in subtle ways depending on our moods and particular outlook on any given day. A garden that once provided comfort might morph into a mockery of that feeling in a darker personal moment, its hedges shifting away from a sense of whimsy, tightening around you, trapping you into aContinue reading “Setting Through The Lens Of Character”

2018 Reading Highlights

I used to be an avid reader but really slacked off after college — at least when it came to published books. I devoured fanfics like crazy, and for the longest time, I really did cling to my favorite fandoms, enjoying AUs, fix-its, time travel, and so on. However, in 2018, I decided to participateContinue reading “2018 Reading Highlights”

Check, check: We’re Live

I usually try to do a year-in-review post, and here it is twenty days into the new year. 2018 had plenty of ups and its share of disappointments — what year doesn’t have them? It started with my recovery from having another organ being removed (gallbladder) and ended with a giant health-related question mark, whichContinue reading “Check, check: We’re Live”

Fiction in Motion: Return Home

Gene Goodwin had lived in that house — breathed, grown, entertained neighborhood kids in and around it. Even now, Emma could see his long fingers looped around the wagon’s handle, giggles escaping from her and her sister as he roared down the lane with them sitting cross-legged in it. Each bump jarred their bones andContinue reading “Fiction in Motion: Return Home”

Historical Fiction Writer On The Road

I’ve never traveled for my writing before, but this September I found myself in Jasper County, IN, researching for my historical fictional novel, which I’m tentatively calling Beneath the Black Oak. Focusing on an Amish girl during WWI and rising tensions against anything considered German in the U.S., I had been trying to place myContinue reading “Historical Fiction Writer On The Road”

Indie on a Budget: Cover Design

Being an indie author — if you want to do it right — is not cheap. For one thing, your work will need editing, formatting, and a cover. And don’t forget to consider a marketing budget, too! For a complete breakdown of potential costs, I highly recommend Lit Chic’s post, “You’ve Got to Spend MoneyContinue reading “Indie on a Budget: Cover Design”

Life Is A Whirlwind

A lot of exciting things have been happening in my writing life in 2018. For one thing, I actually got a bite from an agent! I have been querying Heritage Lost for about 2 1/2 years, off and on. After taking a break, I’d picked up querying at the beginning of this year, and unlikeContinue reading “Life Is A Whirlwind”

Don’t Ditch Emotion in Pursuit Of ‘Strength’

The saying goes that boys don’t cry, and a lot can be said about toxic masculinity and its impact on boys as they grown up, especially if they don’t fit the mold of what it “means” to be a “proper” man — showing too much emotion or pursuing certain interests, for instance. This is cropsContinue reading “Don’t Ditch Emotion in Pursuit Of ‘Strength’”

Reflecting A Real World

I’d briefly mentioned the importance of offering a diverse cast of women in the post about “agency,” and now, we are going to explore that thought in depth. Diversity is an important component to include in any story — and not just with female characters, of course — because it is good for the readerContinue reading “Reflecting A Real World”

Women’s History Month Writing Prompt: Galentine’s Day

I’m a huge fan of Parks and Recreation, and while it is March and not Feb. 13, I felt Leslie Knope’s Galentine’s Day would make a great foundation for “Women in Fiction” Week’s writing prompt. The Prompt You will be gathering your fictional women (from one book/story or across a collection of your works) forContinue reading “Women’s History Month Writing Prompt: Galentine’s Day”