“Write what you know.” I’ve heard this attributed to Mark Twain but I’m not sure if this is accurately attributed. If you know more about who first said this, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or email me! The librarian in my is very concerned with giving attribution to the correct people! Many people get frustrated by this piece of advice. I was one of them because I’m a fantasy/sci-fi writer. How can one know about a creature that doesn’t really exist…dragons, unicorns (although maybe they are real, but really good at hiding), and trolls (these do actually appear on the internet all the time, just not in the literal form that I write.) I have a friend that writes about an ICU nurse who turns into an amateur sleuth. As far as I know, she’s never investigated an ACTUAL murder, although she was an ICU nurse. You get the idea right?
I was sitting at the lunch table at work going through my personal email when I saw the words "Story Acceptance" in the subject line of an email!! My heart started pounding and my face flushed as I opened the email. Yes! It said my story had been accepted and they will be publishing it in the Youth Imaginations Magazine April edition!
Happy Birthday! Quill & Books is TWO years old now! What a ride this is! I have neglected the blog a bit because I'm working as a teacher and working on my MLIS to be a school librarian in addition to being a mom and wife. Let's just say this has been a hectic year. … Continue reading Blogiversary 2018
I love books. You know this about me. I love them so much that I dream of seeing a book I wrote on my library shelf. I am not one who sits by and dreams without taking steps to make it happen. One of my strengths is Achiever. (Gallup test) This means I set goals, … Continue reading One Step Closer
Only 4 days until NaNoWriMo! What is NaNoWriMo? Look here. Basically it is a world-wide word count challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. I have yet to ever write 50,000 words in one month. I haven't even come close. The most I've ever done is 15,000 words and I was pretty … Continue reading NaNoWriMo for people too busy to write 50k words
You have a rough draft...now what?
Some people hear writing group and immediately cringe or even run like you are being chased by a zombie. This is usually because they have tried a writing group and had a bad experience, or they've heard about the bad experiences. I have heard my share of horror stories. However, I currently participate in two … Continue reading Writing Community Series: Types of Writing Groups
I can't believe I have been blogging for a whole year now! I have learned so much and made so many new friends through this blog! I love connecting with my readers through the comments, Twitter, Instagram, and email. I'm happy to announce that I now have an author page on Facebook! (link below) Goal … Continue reading It is my Blogiversary! August 2017 Book Giveaway!
Sorry it has been awhile since I posted. It is busy season at school. Actually in education, when is it not? On March 12th, I finished typing the rough draft of my manuscript!! *insert scream of excitement* This has been on my imaginary bucket list for a very long time. When I was in 7th … Continue reading First Rough Draft Done!
For the first five days I wrote beyond my goal of 500 words per day. These were scenes I'd thought of for quite some time, and I was feeling so optimistic. I thought maybe I need to up my goal to 20,000 words. I hit week two like a brick wall at 100 mph. I … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Wall Week