Category: Writing goals

5 Things I’ve Learned as a NaNo Noob

It was October 31 and the deadline for submitting my final draft to my publisher for No Eye Has Seen: Book 1 Beyond the Valley. During the previous week, I had psyched myself about finishing Book 1 and diving right into Book 2 by participating in National Novel Writing Month 2014. Last year, I signed up … Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned as a NaNo Noob

Invest in the Dream: 4 Tips to Keep Writers Writing

Since being released from circumstances beyond my control, I have been working hard and writing and editing. The more I dig in, the more I feel energized in spirit, even when my mind and body are tired. Here are a few things I am learning are vital to improving my craft while understanding the always-changing … Continue reading Invest in the Dream: 4 Tips to Keep Writers Writing

A Blend of History: A Walk Down Memory Lane in the Middle of Historical Research

I side-stepped my plans to write this weekend in order to complete a bit more historical research at The Foley and Searls historical libraries in Nevada City, California. I'm inserting 3 to 4 chapters in advance of my original start to Part 2 (I'm no "pantster" so I will be completing  a detailed outline prior to … Continue reading A Blend of History: A Walk Down Memory Lane in the Middle of Historical Research

March Madness Minus Basketball {flashback}

This post has nothing to do with basketball. I don't even know enough about the game to draw any parallels. Yet, madness describes my month so far. At least I would be going mad if I didn't believe there was a purpose beyond myself in it all. As much as I find solace in the … Continue reading March Madness Minus Basketball {flashback}

Failed Speedbo and if I Could Just Bottle 18 Hours Per Week and Only Write!

I really thought posting my intentions to write like crazy in the month of March would have motivated me to make some progress on Part 2 of No Eye Has Seen. But our family got hit with some major emotional tolls and I found the need to reflect and not pressure myself. I also have a … Continue reading Failed Speedbo and if I Could Just Bottle 18 Hours Per Week and Only Write!