Short Story: Loved, Baby

It's short story Friday around here and given that it's Loved Baby week, I've written a short story. It's a story that melds together other stories I've heard and read from women who have experienced pregnancy loss and inserts how I imagine I might respond if I were in Marisa's shoes. This story is entirely … Continue reading Short Story: Loved, Baby

Reaching the Hearts of Others and Giveaway

No matter what we write, how we write it is important. This is called tone. The tone that we use in our writing will either connect us to our audience or alienate us from them. When writing about a sensitive subject, it's so important to speak gently to our audience. Sarah in Loved Baby connects … Continue reading Reaching the Hearts of Others and Giveaway

Review and Giveaway: Loved Baby by Sarah Philpott, PhD

This week is a bit different - it's Loved Baby week around here. I have in my possession TWO copies of Loved Baby to give away. October is Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month, so this week I will be focusing on this book, talking about it, and giving you opportunities to enter to win … Continue reading Review and Giveaway: Loved Baby by Sarah Philpott, PhD

Writing prompt: Not extreme, just dumb

This is the day where I share short stories, bits of things, or my writing from various prompts. This one was inspired by a writing prompt in my writing group. I've been working on character a bit, diving deeper into character building and thinking outside the box a little bit of my writing. Feel free … Continue reading Writing prompt: Not extreme, just dumb

Book Review: Grit by Angela Duckworth

What the book is about:  This nonfiction book explores the idea of grit - what it is, if it can be developed, or if it's an innate characteristic and then how important grit is to achieving success in life. Reading this book has given me a totally new perspective on grit and discipline. I talked … Continue reading Book Review: Grit by Angela Duckworth

Writing Prompt: The Perfect One

This is the day where I share short stories, bits of things, or my writing from various prompts. I played around with ulterior motives. I wasn't sure whether I wanted them to be good or to be bad, but eventually I settled on one. It may also be worth mentioning that I did precisely zero … Continue reading Writing Prompt: The Perfect One

Pantsing a Novel: Alpha Readers

Ahhhh, alpha readers. They really are the bread and butter of the writing show, aren't they? Okay, maybe not, but they are still super important! Honestly, any time you can get someone to willingly invest their time into reading your novel, call that a win! Yesterday, I made a bunch of promises for this blog … Continue reading Pantsing a Novel: Alpha Readers

Review: The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

What the book is about:  In the Protectorate, the Day of Sacrifice has arrived and Antain, Elder-in-Training, and his uncle, the Grand Elder of the Protectorate, are on their way to take the youngest child in the village to offer to the Witch that lives in the woods. The Girl Who Drank The Moon is … Continue reading Review: The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Writing Prompt: The Old Farmhouse

I'm starting something new on Fridays. This is the day where I share short stories, bits of things, or my writing from various prompts. In this piece, I wrote in first person, something I don't usually do. I was trying to explore a little bit more inner dialogue, moving between the mind and action, playing … Continue reading Writing Prompt: The Old Farmhouse