Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems You Need in Your Life

I have a soft spot for these six lovelies. Some of them are older and therefore mostly forgotten, what with all the shiny new stuff coming out every year. A few are newer, but might not have had the best marketing. Whatever the reason, they're the underdog and we all know I'm a complete sucker [...]

The 10 Totally Made-Up Commandments of Querying

This is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Since I'm currently querying and fielding nothing but rejections, I'd like to share the pain. Odds are good that some of you are in the trenches with me. The optional August question is:Β What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? Querying. Avoid [...]

Books That Lived Up to Their Hype

Watching a book get smeared all over popular culture is a bit anxiety-inducing for me. When a book has legions of adoring fans, I want to trust them. I really do. They must like it for a reason, right? It's popular and everyone seems to love it. But will IΒ love it? Is it too hyped? [...]

Learn to Write Well by . . . Watching Movies?

Wait, what? Did I seriously just tell you to sit down and waste time watching a form of media that has nothing to do with meeting your word count goals? . . . yes. With some caveats. I don't mean "watch a movie every day" or "ignore your writing to watch your favorite film" or [...]

Tell Me How to Show

Do you know how to tell, at a glance, that you're dealing with a new, inexperienced author? Telling. When the writing is chock-a-block full of telling, it's a gargantuan, neon clue blaring out: This author is still learning. This author is hacking out the diamonds of good prose with pick and chisel, one cold nugget [...]

Books Reward the Bookworm

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for the monthly blood & ink sacrifice to the shade of William Shakespeare! #authorlife #amwriting Haha, wait. *Double checks calendar* No, it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day. Sorry. We sacrifice on Saturdays. The Insecure Writer's Support Group is all about being real with [...]

Nevada: The Start

Welcome to the Silver State! A lot of my books are going to be set in Nevada, describing it in detail, loving all of its quirks (there are lots.) It's a place full of contradictions, but empty of people. The terrain goes from high mountain dryness to arid, rocky sand. Although there is a lot [...]

No Filter

Did you know there's such a thing as "filter words" when writing? I did not, but now thanks to the Tunnel of Rejection that was 2017, I do. In the course of a) submitting my manuscripts to RWA contests for judging and b) having my bits chopped off by the Axe of Editing the awesome [...]