A Query for the Bearded Sex

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Today’s blog post is brought to you by: dating. I have a question for those of you who are beard-inclined. It’s something that’s been bugging me for a little while now. Are you ready? Here it is: What’s up with the silent treatment? Allow me to expand. Let’s say you’re talking to a girl, and […]

Adventures of an Introvert: An Update

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Well, aren’t you so surprised? You are, I can tell. Not one recent blog post, but two! Now that you know what sort of shenanigans I was up to at TFOB, let’s cover the rest of the nonsense, shall we? First topic: Writing Well, as expected, this isn’t going quite as quickly as I’d prefer. […]

Recap Time: TFOB

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Broken record alert: I really need to blog more often. School is keeping me extremely busy, on top of which I decided to undertake a 6 week fitness challenge at the gym that eats up free time like a hungry-hungry hippo, and as if that weren’t enough I’m being more social… which ALSO destroys more […]

First Annual Holiday Write-In Extravaganza #1

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Welcome ladies and gent’s to the first annual 2014 Write-In Extravaganza. I will be your singing, dancing, poo-flinging monkey for the next approximately 4 weeks. OK, probably there won’t be any poo-flinging. Probably. What is a Write-In Extravaganza? Why, I’m so glad you asked! I’m done with school for the next 4 weeks or so, […]

Petition to Change November to NaNoWriMo

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Every time I read a blog post from word-slinging Chuck Wendig I feel equal parts fear, exhilaration, disappointment and excitement – in that order. Fear because his word-herding sticks are sharp and dripping with the blood of his most recent bout of editing, and mine are blunt.  Exhilaration because FUCK YEAH I can do this, […]

Let’s Have a Beer, You & Me.

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Hey so it’s been a while. I suck, I know. You don’t need to rub it in. No, seriously stop rubbing. HEY THAT IS SALT IN MY WOUNDED WRITERS HEART SO CUT IT OUT. Ok, rub. I deserve it. I’ve been busy – which is no excuse.  I’m trying to be better. This is me, […]

Back to School

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Recently I posted some exciting news on social media. That news being this: I’m going back to school beginning fall 2014. When I complete my program, I’ll have a Masters of Science in Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning (OPWL) from Boise State University (BSU). I’m really excited about it. Go Broncos! I know some of […]

One Month Later…

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It’s been a weird month, to say the least. My big-kid job has been the busiest I’ve ever seen it in 7 years. Top it off with some personal medical issues and I’ve had a hard time staying motivated – to write, to work out, to read, to play video games you name it and […]

Post Vacation Check In

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I’m back from vacation. Yay. Cue dancing girls & fireworks. I made it whole and in one piece and my sister and I managed not to mutilate each other, so all in all I’d say it was a good trip. In case you’re not up to date on the happenings of my life (and if […]

Vacation FTW

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I realize it’s been a bit since my last blog. Close to two weeks. This fact is not lost on me and does, in fact, make me feel like a sucky human being. (so thanks for rubbing that in).  It’s been a challenging few weeks for my writing.  My 9 – 5, which is actually […]

Rut-Roh

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Let’s say you’re really pumped for your next workout.  It’s going to be the BEST. I mean epic, Rocky-inspired, come-back shit. The sweat of angels will pour off you and everywhere the droplets touch the ground roses will spring forth and when they bloom fairies will be born and spread their magic throughout the kingdom. […]

The Possession 04/21/2014

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Rarely do I have a dream so terrifying, so utterly, mind-bogglingly scary that I am kept awake by them. My dreams have featured falling, being chased and/or eaten by dinosaurs, creepy dolls from dimension X, Djiin, singing and much more (I’ll post those eventually). While all of these things were, on some level, scary, none […]

Hijackings & Exorcisms

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I can’t decide if it’s been a rough week or a great week.  Pain and pleasure are synonymous for some people, and I didn’t think I was one of them…but damn it feels good to write, no matter how painful the process is at times. I suppose I’m a bit stranger than even I expected. […]

Have a Hook, Little Fishy: A Flash Fiction Challenge

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The wonderful Mr. Wendig posted a new Flash Fiction Challenge today.  I threw mine in the comments, but I wanted to put it here as well.  The details of the challenge are posted in his blog, but the overall goal is to write a single sentence opening hook for a book. Here’s mine:  I winced […]

Editing Check In #2

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I’ve been making steady progress in the editing department.  I was a little surprised at how much of it was sitting around thinking about my characters and my plot and not marking the document up with blood.  I suppose I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t bled for this […]

Things In My Head

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A small collection of some of the gems that have passed from synapse to synapse during my on-going editing process.  Enjoy! Ok, I can do this.  Yeah, I can rock these edits.  [plays The Eye of the Tiger, runs laps around the building] This isn’t so bad. Oooh, hey, that sentence is really good. Yay […]

Hey, Baby. You Come Here Often?

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After completing my first read-through I took the last few days to make miscellaneous notes on whatever came to me.  These notes were about plot, character, structure, setting, things I liked, things I hated, consistency etc.  Basically anything that came to mind (even the occasional: RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN).  It’s amazing how many notes […]

Editing Check In

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In my limited experience, when you’re first writing your book, everything is new and exciting, an uncharted stretch of map, a blank canvas.  Anything is possible.   Editing, on the other hand, is about trying to find your way home by following a jellybean trail on a night with a new moon in a forest full […]

Editing is Coming

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In approximately 5 days & 2 hours I will be editing my novel. At least, that was the plan, but the printer we ordered arrived way ahead of schedule. Which means the editing will begin – gulp – today. Or maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow is good, too. [note: meme is based on THIS AMAZING BLOG POST […]

TFOB Recap

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This past weekend I attended the Tucson Festival of Books, met some seriously fantastic people and had the opportunity to listen to some of my favorite writers (and some who I hadn’t yet discovered) talk about the biz, their spirit animals and cuddling. It was a glorious time. Sonnets will be written. (Not by me). […]

FatePunk: A Flash Fiction Challenge

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Chuck Wendig often posts fun Flash Fiction Challenges for fascinating your phalanges.  (Say that 10 times fast.)  Check out his blog.  Check out his most recent challenge. It’s about 1k, so buckle up.  I present to you… FATEPUNK Sunny lay in bed watching the red-gold sunrise creep up along the walls, her head already spinning […]

What It’s Like to Live in a Small Town

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I grew up in Pine Island, Minnesota.  It’s a really, really small town.  When people ask what it was like to grow up in a town of 3k or less people, I show them this video.  This is only 3 minutes – I lived there for 13 years. The view is from the front steps […]

Satan, would you like some more tea?

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“Oh yes, dear girl. The Earl Gray, if you please.” When I think about killing off my favorite character, or throwing a plot twist in the story that will utterly destroy my lead, bring them close to death or in general fuck up their world, I smile quietly to myself and plan my next date […]

It’s Done

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I’m not sure what I expected. A chorus of un-kempt angels descending from the heavens singing about my conquest over the written word with their sugar-coated voices while trying to disguise their scythe-sharp teeth (the better to eat you with, my pretty); word-gnomes burrowing up from the depths of the earth to present me with […]

Welcome to My Nightmare

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“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy I’m a dreamer of things both big and small. I have dreams about reality, but this isn’t about those dreams. This is […]