Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

Last week, I talked about giving critiques and this week, I want to talk about RECEIVING critiques. In the writing circle I run in, there's a fair amount of critiquing going on and the most common complaint I see about GIVING critiques is the lack of grace on the part of the writer. For example, … Continue reading Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

A Poem: Today I did the dishes

It's MONDAY! Which usually means I share a book review or something about what I'm reading. Today is a little different. I'm not even 1/3 of the way through Sword of Shannara, which I'm reading, and I'm laughably behind in Jon Tyson's The Burden is Light. Someday, I'll get through those and you'll see them … Continue reading A Poem: Today I did the dishes

Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 1

It's Friday, which means it's time once again to share my writing.  This week, I want to try something a little different. I reached way back into my writing past and pulled this goodie up. I loved the prompt and the rough idea I came up with, so I'm sharing the terrible story I wrote … Continue reading Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 1

Critiquing – Giving Critiques

I've been around several different groups of writers and I can say, without doubt or hesitation, that critiquing is one of the hardest things to master. Whether critiquing your own work or the work of others, it's necessary to understand how to be the most useful to help better the work in front of you. … Continue reading Critiquing – Giving Critiques

2017 Recap: Writing Year in Review

It seems this post didn't publish when it was supposed to. Weird. Well, here's my 2017 recap. Three weeks late.   I can't even believe it's almost the New Year! And really, that means I can't believe it's almost Christmas! And it's almost my daughter's birthday! She'll be four! The end of the year always … Continue reading 2017 Recap: Writing Year in Review

My first poetry reading

There is a podcast I've been listening to for a long time, Not Your Pastor's Podcast. I've literally listened to all but 1 episode - because for whatever reason, I couldn't access it. Anyway, they started a bonus episode thing called Not Your Pastor's Pulpit. As I listened to these, I kept thinking 'I should … Continue reading My first poetry reading

Meet the Author: Kimberly Rae

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: Kimberly Rae

Writing Prompt: Stars are falling faster than a smile after a broken heart

It's Friday! And because we've been sick, I honestly haven't written anything until about an hour ago. So, this is super rough, but that's okay.  In my Author's Tale group, I won the 12 Days of Games and my prize was an entry into the NYC Midnight Short Story Contest, so I have some short … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Stars are falling faster than a smile after a broken heart

Writing Tip: Research Resources

Hey friends! I don't know about you, but colds and sickness have had my family down for two weeks. It's been crazy around here! No puke at least, but lots of sleepless nights and coughing and nose blowing and all that great stuff that comes with it. Happy new year, right?? Anyway, over this week, … Continue reading Writing Tip: Research Resources