via GIPHY Since spring of 2011, I have been working on a project that has taken many forms throughout the years and stood as my education in WRITING. It started first as BENEATH THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK, a book with little plot coherency, horrible pacing, and a word count of fewer than 50,000 words when its… Read More Zero to Hero?
I am at the point in the semester where everything is barreling at me with the speed of a runaway train…but it’s fine…really… And even though my impending doom is nigh I have decided to attempt and fail at National Novel Writing Month (for the second time). It’s a sacred time where all of your… Read More What am I up to?
Random Human: How’s your 2017 going? Me: via GIPHY Jokes aside, 2017 is almost over and let me just say it has been a RIDE. While politically I have been eternally screaming since November of 2016, professionally my life has been leading me in SO many new and exciting directions. First things first, just like last… Read More Make Friends with Other Writers – a Memoir of Success 😉
Novel Aesthetics – A visual collage that inspires/sums up your narrative (see the below). Red Sky at Morning, a YA Victorian mystery, by Beatrix Conti – complete at 77,000 words. As the London Season of 1884 opens, Lady Margaret Savoy wants nothing more than to hide behind the wallflowers and devour “Penny Dreadfuls” to avoid… Read More Novel Aesthetics
Hello! You’re the “jammiest bits of jam” for the taking the time to read my bio. This is my second year competing in #PitchWars (hosted by the lovely Brenda Drake & Co) and I couldn’t be more excited. I met some AMAZING people last year and hope to again this year. For PitchWars, I am submitting an Adult… Read More #PitchWars Mentee Bio 2017
Books. Who’d have thought they’d still be in fashion when the internet lies at your fingertips (just kidding)? As someone who utilizes both traditional and modern research techniques to create my Victorian world, both methods have their cons and pros. In this piece, I am bowing down to the book for this list of research… Read More A Look at My Bookshelf (Part I: Historical Research)
via GIPHY Hello everyone! Sorry I have been gone so long! I have been in the middle of a massive revise and resubmit on my novel since the end of December (moving from present tense to past tense…..oh, boy). What I think of my revision skills: via GIPHY My actual revision skills: via GIPHY Also,… Read More Long time no see…
If you’ve studied history, especially Western world history, you may have noticed that religion has and continues to play a role in how our world has formed. For the purpose of this discussion, I will be focusing on Christianity in particular in Europe and how you should integrate it into your historical fiction. Whether or… Read More Christianity and Writing Historical Fiction
Look at almost any traditional mystery or horror story and you’ll find that each follows FOUR movements (are the theories of how films are made/structured). In this discussion, I will be using film to dissect the Four Movements of Mystery and Horror (and in some cases thrillers). The one thing that Mysteries, Horror, and Thrillers… Read More The Four Movements of a Traditional Mystery, Horror, or Thriller Story
Hey *waves* it seems like I am bent on talking about rejection these last two weeks… And if you read this post you’ll understand why, YIPEE. Rejection sucks, but it is the only way any aspiring author will become an AUTHOR. “By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support… Read More Rejection Letters (YAY!)