Finding Your Finish Line
Apr22

Finding Your Finish Line

After running what felt like a marathon, I’ve finished my latest rough draft. The words poured out of me for three months like sweat. And, Friday evening I brought the first novel, in a three-book series, to a satisfying close. A few days before my personal deadline, it was as if the finish line came into view and I started sprinting. My fingers felt the burn. The tape I ran through to cross the finish line snapped as I passed...

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Seeing Myself… Clearly?
Feb20

Seeing Myself… Clearly?

If you didn’t know, I’m working on a new book and it has me seeing myself in a new way. Whether I’m checking myself out in the mirror or doing some soul searching in preparation for next week, clarity has always been an issue for me. It’s easier to see myself through the eyes of others. They have a better view, right? Last night, I clicked through a Facebook link to have a quiz guess my age and height based on...

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R.U.S.H.
Oct19

R.U.S.H.

Running a race is all about winning said race, right? I ran in college, but now you couldn’t get me to run if there were a horde of freakishly fast Walking Dead headed in my direction. For the sake of my musings, let’s make the race a metaphor for life. The faster you run, or the more you rush, the sooner you get to the end. Everyone wants the gold medal, but very few are concerned with how they perform during the race....

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Back in the Saddle (Shoes) Again
Jul15

Back in the Saddle (Shoes) Again

I’m not even going to try to use horseback riding metaphors in an attempt to paint a picture of me constantly being bucked off my calendar when it comes to writing. But, I will point out that recently writing has mirrored the struggle of keeping my shoes tied. Have you ever had a day when your shoestrings repeatedly came loose, slapping the pavement and threatening to end you in a face plant? Having the kids at home in the...

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How Does Your Autobiography Read?
Feb13

How Does Your Autobiography Read?

Auto-: a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words. Biography: a written account of another person’s life. Have you ever considered writing an autobiography? I would argue that my life isn’t interesting enough or that trying to pen all the thoughts in my head might cause a paper shortage. I don’t even read autobiographies. In the back of my mind,...

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Wading in Gray
Feb05

Wading in Gray

We love putting our characters smack-dab in the middle of a fork in the road. When they struggle with deciding between right and wrong, it makes them relatable. There’s something about this type of moral dilemma that compels readers to race from chapter to chapter. We root for our hero to choose the high road or for our heroine to save the day; we’re yanked down the rabbit hole with them when they get sidetracked. The gray...

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Cannonball!
Jan14

Cannonball!

I’ve been all talk these first few weeks of 2016. I was hoping the motivational jargon coming out of my mouth would inspire written words. Alas, I’ve only allowed myself to be distracted and aloof. I’m ’bout to get my rear in gear, and cannonball into my writing. The writing waters are cold, and I know because I’ve hesitantly dipped my toes in the shallow end of the pool the first few weeks of January....

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‘Pass’ion
Jan06

‘Pass’ion

Passion is something that we all want in our lives. The word passion makes me think of thrilling and exhilarating things, like rollercoasters (I’m addicted and would ride them over and over if they’d let me) and first kisses. Passion isn’t bad, but it’s proven to be fleeting.  So, why would I want passion if it doesn’t last forever? When we have passion for something or someone it compels us to...

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