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Writing Prompt: All The Things She Said

It's Friday and I'm hoping for the best!  Since entering the NYC Midnight Short Story Contest, I'm planning on moving on to the next round. However, there are a variety of possible assigned genres that I've NEVER written before and I don't want the next round to be my first foray into a genre, especially … Continue reading Writing Prompt: All The Things She Said

First Goals of 2018 reached!

I have a number of goals I've set for this year, most of which I haven't shared because research shows that when you share your goals with the general population, you're actually LESS likely to achieve them. This is due to a perceived accomplishment effect - by sharing, you feel like you've already accomplished something. … Continue reading First Goals of 2018 reached!

Meet The Author: Jeannie Blackmer

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  Once a month, I'll be featuring an author whose published work I've read or who I know personally (whose unpublished work I've read).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: Jeannie Blackmer

Writing Prompt (final edit): Heartbeat

It's LATE on Friday and I'm just getting around to posting this last edition of Heartbeat before I move on to other projects. See First Draft and First Edit. This project was tough, harder than I expected, because I was editing on my own. Usually, I have my writer friends critiquing, which helps me see … Continue reading Writing Prompt (final edit): Heartbeat

Evolution of Critiquing

Just to be clear, this isn't a history of the critique, so I'm sorry if you were expecting that. Critiquing takes different forms depending on how rough or polished the draft is, so I want to walk through the critique and its evolution as the draft moves from rough to polished. First Draft Critique The … Continue reading Evolution of Critiquing

Book Review: The Burden is Light by Jon Tyson

What the book is about: The book is about one man's journey from being crushed under the weight of performance and success. In his early career in the church, he measured his success with numbers in his ministry and used others as he saw fit. As he grew and developed, he changed his tactics. What … Continue reading Book Review: The Burden is Light by Jon Tyson

Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 2

It's Friday again!  I've managed to do a round of editing on last week's story and I have a second iteration to share with you. If you haven't already, go back and read the first version, then stop over here to check out the improvements.  As I read through, I realized I was mixing POVs in … Continue reading Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 2

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