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NaNoWriMo prep month [and the Florida vacation]

I just got back from a week in Florida. I took the kids, on my own, and flew to Florida to spend a week with family. We stayed at a condo rental right on the beach–and I mean literally right on the beach. It was our front, back, and side yard. When I landed in Florida–I grew …

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Let’s start over, shall we? [an update and what’s to come]

I’m not really starting over. Not really. Okay, maybe I’m just trying to convince myself because I kind of made a scary move. I declared a niche.   Okay, some of you, especially you authors, are thinking So what? I declared one when I first started writing! But, dear reader, this is a big deal …

Anthology, writing

Exploring new subgenres [short story submission]

A few months ago, I sat down to write a short story for The Longest Night Watch anthology (third volume). It’s a charity anthology for the Alzheimer’s Association, though the story doesn’t have to have Alzheimer’s Disease play a role. (Mine didn’t this time.) This year’s theme is life turned upside down, and–almost magically–two previously unrelated ideas came …

Short Story Collections

September 100K Challenge, Mental Illness, and Short Stories

I’ve been absent for all of August not only because editing deadlines smothered me but because I had some personal challenges in life. So, as far as not being consistent, I apologize. I’m moving forward in September with determination. The truth is I’m hurting. I’m filled with sadness and rage, and that makes for a …

Goals

Let’s Do All the Things: A Summer Obit and a Tribute to August

I feel like I’ve been living under a rock for all of summer, which is a shame because summers here are lovely. Hot, but still enjoyable. I’ve been wearing my freelance copy editor cap for most of this year, editing a range of long novels to novellas to even a few short stories, but it …

Reviews

“The Girl Before” review and thoughts on human trafficking

I recently read a book called “The Girl Before” by Rena Olsen, and everything about it is sticking with me. [You can read my Goodreads review here.] I picked it up on a whim at the library since it was on the Readers’ Choice Nomination list. [And, let’s face it, if I read and submit …

camp Nanowrimo, writing

Camp NaNoWriMo–July 2017 edition

Funny story, though it’s not so funny as it is perplexing, and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around this whole day. I worked last night, the 30th of June, and I punched out of work sometime between 3:30am and 4am. As I walked to my car, I told my coworker “Happy July.” She …