Creating Community

Did you know writing can be a lonely process? I spend my days talking to the characters in my head and creating the drama they endure and the love that drives them, but really it's me sitting at my desk thumping away at my keyboard in a rhythm that some days is fast and others... Continue Reading →

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A Good Beginning

I have 3 book ideas taking up space in my head, along with a plethora of essays, and several short stories. I've wanted to dive into my new book for a while. But querying and life got the best of me, I slipped into a deep funk, and am finally appreciating the sunshine promising me... Continue Reading →

Freedom

Picked a book off my bookshelf and randomly opened a page. I was looking for a sign, confirmation from the universe, an I believe in you from G-d. This is was what was written on the page: As we begin to transform our lives and experiences true fulfillment, we are tested again and again. Each test... Continue Reading →

Free Query Help at Query Swap

Query Swap Twitter event Coming June 1, 2017 Your hook is your selling point. It has to be perfect. But getting good feedback can often be difficult or expensive. That's why M.L. Keller—The Manuscript Shredder—is organizing the #QuerySwap Twitter party, an all-day event for people seeking critique partners to participate in feedback exchanges on query letters... Continue Reading →

things have been challenging

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~Maya Angelou 2016 was a very challenging year. I lived with a great deal... Continue Reading →

Reforging

My friend Kimberly posted a tweet for #MuseMon: She took her broken pieces and threw them into the hottest part of the fire. "Giving up?" they asked. "Reforging," she said.   I printed her luxurious words out the moment I read them and pinned them in front of my computer so I can look at... Continue Reading →

Love kicks ass

Sold an essay today. Feel really good about it. Guess what I wrote about? LOVE. You know why? The world is fucking crazy and hateful right now and my greatest strength is to write about my life and the people I love- my friends and family. I'll write about how I make mistakes. I'll write... Continue Reading →

P2P16

On October 31st at 12Pm I was talking to my critique partner, Nic, on the phone while hitting refresh on the #P2P16 Twitter feed. I had zero expectation that I'd be selected by an editor. I was in a low point, having difficulty writing my current WIP and my body was slowly filling with self-doubt.... Continue Reading →

PitchSlam Team Obi-Wan and the Wookies

This morning I woke up and found I made the PitchSlam Kimberly Vanderhorst team Obi-Wan and the Wookies and I immediately began shaking and crying tears of happiness. Thank you Pitch Slam Jedi masters for taking the time to create this contest, for reading and critiquing all the entries sharing your feedback and rocking the Force in... Continue Reading →

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