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 →

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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 →

Rape Survivor

I write about alcoholism and rape in my young adult fiction. I have experience with both. These things are part of what shape me and my world view. Today I was asked about a fictional character in another book, and how she may react to being taken advantage of. I shared my real-life story. I... 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 →

Puddle of Tears

Any time between now and tomorrow afternoon I'll be a mess. All of the emotions I've kept inside and moved past so I could be next to my father while he had triple by-pass surgery will come bubbling out of me. The tears will also be about me. They will be tears of frustration with... 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 →

Jan 21

Happy New Year. I've been sick since Christmas. Can't seem to shake this but no matter that my doctor gave me antibiotics and a seriously strong cough medicine. This illness is slowing my roll and my creativity. I'm in the waiting phase of querying. I wish I could reach out to the awesome agents who... Continue Reading →

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