Writing

2017 in the Rear-view; 2018 Ahead

This is my obligatory New Year post. It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out exactly what I wanted to say. This is a long one, so settle in. 2017 in Review When 2017 started, I was employed with an iconic Fort Worth company, but changes were underway. We all saw the handwriting on the wall and knew nothing good would come of what was happening. When there’s a restructuring involved and all the top brass gets, shall we say, let go, you know there’s a big shakeup coming. Plus, it was really hard to watch someone backstab her way to my boss’s job. My little world crumbled around my ears. I loved that job. It was a great place to work and I had a lot of pride in what I did. When the new guys released my boss, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be gone. But I stuck around for a few more months and watched things change and evolve and not in a good way. I hated what was happening and I mostly hated the people I worked with/for. I dislike people who will be nice to your face and then turn on you in a second, throw you under the bus, make you look like you can’t do your job. By April, I’d had enough and started the long task of looking for a new job. I didn’t want to but I felt like I didn’t have…

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In case you missed it: New Release!

I’m going to use this space for my shameless self-promotion. On Friday, December 1, the second book in my Age of Wizards series released. ON THE HUNT FOR THE WIZARD KING is out for public consumption. I’m so insanely excited about this book. It took me nearly a year to write because these books are long and complex. But I’m happy with the way it turned out and I think readers will enjoy Sunnie and Caleb’s story. I sort of kicked myself for ending IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING on a cliffhanger. I’m sure a lot of readers hated that but I…couldn’t…help…myself. The second book has a real ending. I promise. Most storylines are wrapped up nicely except for one or two lingering ones that will make you wonder what happened to these characters. I’ve been toying with an idea for a third book. I’ve built this large world where there are wizards and faeries and even a few dragons. I think I’ve figured out a way to cross-over my Realm of Honor series with the Age of Wizards series with a cool new twist. I have so many stories swirling around in my brain, it sometimes makes it hard for me to focus on what to do next. I want to do EVERYTHING next and that’s pretty much impossible. HA. Anyway, here’s a little peek at the book. Buy links are at the bottom. As they made their way down, she saw the shimmering thing in the…

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Why I can’t do #NaNoWriMo

Okay it’s taken me a long time to figure this out. Like YEARS. Every year, November rolls around and I’m super excited about doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). You write 50,000 words in 30 days and it’s a piece of cake, right? RIGHT! And I think to myself – wow, this will be a great way to start my new project/finish my project. This will be SO EASY! WRONG. November 1 shows up and I put it off. I’ll do it tomorrow, I think, because I’m still having a Halloween hangover from all the candy I ate and the wine I drank. What? You don’t drink wine on Halloween? November 2. Let’s do this! Only to fizzle out and stare at a blank page. November 3! I’m so doing this. NOT. November 4…Ugh. I don’t want to write. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, I have a viable excuse NOT to write. I have to cook, clean, get ready for Thanksgiving. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pet the cat. All told, I had 18 no writing days during the month. When I see it in on paper, that’s really depressing. I think begin a session of self-berating and continue to beat myself up about not writing/the book sucks/you name it. I took a step back this year, though, and took a hard look at why I sabotage myself. It’s that knowing I have to write every day of the month thing. Even when I tell myself I don’t have…

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Be More Productive, Find More Joy #BestSelf

I don’t often recommend products. When I do, it has to be something I truly, whole-heartedly believe in. I’m not a sales person (as evidenced by my own sucky book sales LOL) by any stretch. I’ve tried to sell jewelry and Avon but I’m…just…not cut out for that. But there is one thing that has transformed me. Not just my writing life, but my life in general. I love to journal but sometimes those blank pages can be daunting. I love setting goals but I can never figure out how to achieve those goals. One of my big goals is to write full time, but I never really sat down to figure out what steps I had to do to make that happen. I mean, I know I need to write books. But how does that break down into achievable steps to get there? One day I was skimming through my Facebook feed, as you do, and I kept seeing this sponsored ad over and over again. It hadn’t really stopped to look at it until one day, finally, I paused and really looked at the ad. It was for a journal, but a journal designed to help you reach you goals. Huh. I was intrigued. I followed the link to the Facebook page here. And then I ended up on their website.

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This So-Called #Writing Life

Look at me! Blogging the third week in a row. One of my new goals is to blog at least once a week, preferably on Monday, to get myself back into the swing of it. I don’t know what sort of things I’ll be talking about. You never know with me. Most of it will be writing related but I’m sure there will be some Sir Dexter posts coming. Everyone loves Sir Dexter! This week I’m talking about writing in general. Y’all, this writing gig is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’ve been struggling with it for a long time now. I know most of it is my fault and the fact that I can’t seem to get out of my own way. That and the indecision paralyzes me. Some of my writing friends know exactly what they want out of their writing career. They know the direction they want it to lead them. They know how to take the bull by the horns and go after what they want. They are determined and persistent and never give up. I admire that. I wish I could be more like them. Me? I’m over here all, “I just want to write books for a living.” I think a lot of my problem is (a) while I know the direction I want to go, I don’t know how to achieve it and (b) I have a short attention span and am a lot like the dog, Doug, in UP. SQUIRREL!…

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