2018: Looking ahead, goals, dreams

Wow! What a crazy year 2017 has been. Last week, I shared about some of the things I've learned and done over this past year and now I want to look ahead at 2018. This past year was mostly about learning, figuring out what I want to do, coming up with a plan, and sort … Continue reading 2018: Looking ahead, goals, dreams

Book Review: Rise by Hallie Schaefer

I know, I know, it's TUESDAY, but seriously? Yesterday was Christmas. Nobody was reading this yesterday anyway. Besides, I'm behind on book reviews, so I can't afford to skip a week now!  I met Hallie through a friend who is still friends with an old high school friend I lost touch with over the years … Continue reading Book Review: Rise by Hallie Schaefer

Writing Prompt: If These Walls Could Talk

It's Friday, which means it's time to share my own writing. I wrote this a week and a half ago of a writing prompt in AT. We all have stories, the things that have shaped us, the people who have left indelible marks in our lives and on our souls.  Of course, everyone who's left … Continue reading Writing Prompt: If These Walls Could Talk

Book Review AND GIVEAWAY!!: Talking to Jesus by Jeannie Blackmer

It's been a while since I've had a giveaway, but the time has come again! I'll review the book and you can find the giveaway details at the bottom. What the book is about:  This is a devotional the goes through conversations individuals had with Jesus throughout the book of Matthew. The author took the … Continue reading Book Review AND GIVEAWAY!!: Talking to Jesus by Jeannie Blackmer

Writing Prompt: Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

It's Friday, which means I share a bit of my own writing.  I've talked a lot about short stories these past two weeks and I meant to share this last Friday, but life got the better of me last week.  I focused on descriptions in this piece and dialogue - specifically what surrounds the dialogue … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Last week, I shared about how to use short stories to help improve your writing and I shared 5 tips about using word count effectively. I want to dive more into one of those specifically and expand even more on it and that's word count. When I was a younger writer, I had a teacher … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Meet the Author: Hallie Schaefer

Ever wish you could sit down with an author over a cup of coffee or tea or hot chocolate and ask them a bunch of questions?  Well, look no further!  Once a month, I'll be featuring an author whose published work I've read or who I know personally (whose unpublished work I've read). Every interview, … Continue reading Meet the Author: Hallie Schaefer

Writing Tip: Short Stories – Practice

Short stories aren't only a  genre and craft unto themselves, but they are also a fantastic means to practice new story elements. For example, if you know that your novel needs to have a bit of suspense in it, you can practice writing suspense in short stories. If your novel will take a dark turn, … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories – Practice

What I’m Reading: Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

What the book is about:  This is a fantasy book about a Keeper, Claire, who is summoned to a magical accident site to clean it up. Of course, once she gets there, everything starts to go wrong. For example, it's not a quick clean up and go site. She becomes stuck there as she realizes … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

Writing Prompt: Never Looking Back

It's Friday, which means it's time once again to share a little something I've written. This past week in AT, we had a writing prompt and I did something with it.  While it really lends itself to horror, I tried really hard to keep it NOT horror. I played with some suspense, a plot twist, … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Never Looking Back