Category World Building

The Learning Curve

Knowledge doesn’t come easy, or all at once.

If you’re someone that roots through conspiracy theories looking for a grain of truth, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Every day that I work on these stories, I find that same principle holds true. Today, as I was looking at one of my manuscripts, I discovered yet another little word gem that could be fixed. While technically the word is correct, it’s not a best practice. So here I am again with the find/replace button looking for every instance of this word to clean up the nuances.

But back to the topic: the learning curve. Life, hobbies, careers, it’s all a learning curve. Every day brings new knowledge, a better way to do a task—I especially find this true with writing code—and a new perspective on the ebb and flow of skills.

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Take the Kid Gloves Off

One of my beta readers said this to me a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing the impact those five little words have had. She was absolutely one hundred percent right.

As a writer, there are times I’ve looked at a scene and really wanted to get to the rotten core of it, and yet in the back of my mind I’m always thinking: is this really how I want to portray what goes through my twisted mind?

The truth is, the answer was no. I started to see reviews in those few lines, strangers picking apart the inner workings of what I was writing and pinning them on me like sticker labels. So I backed away without realizing it was happening and just highlighted the illusion of something happening.

I was telling a story, not showing the reality.

Yet, when these five words finally hit me across the cheek, you...

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Secrets of Sgådnor

Well, it’s official: My manuscript for this story is done, my query is done, and my synopsis is a giant pile of poo. But it’s getting there. 🙂

A HUGE thanks to my critique partners of course, because without them Sgådnor wouldn’t be even close to ready. Time to keep my fingers crossed, change out the banner above for some new inspiration, and start digging into the next book.

So now… onto my next endeavor.

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The Mysteries of Life

Alright, I just have to give a shout out to this guy: Chuck Wendig.

My current manuscript is in the final final stages of fix, edit, cover the holes, etc before I try and shoot this baby across to an agent. It’s been through a beta read, critique partners, and (hopefully) it’s about polished out.

One item of feedback I’ve received is there’s far too much mystery surrounding this story. The reader is frustrated that he hasn’t figured it all out (plot, character motivations, etc) at around the 100 page mark. To be honest, that’s the point, isn’t it?

But, like all first-time novelists, I started to second-guess myself...

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Genorä & Welcome to Daily Cup o’ Coffee 🙂

The first day of fall draws nearer. The rains have come and in my kitchen there’s a strong smell of pumpkin pie spice which – let’s be honest – makes me crave all those yummy, warm foods that come with the season.

Instead of eating though, I’ve got a warm cup of coffee in my hands, a soft blanket over my legs, and a head full of utter nonsense. 🙂

For those who have found their way to my little corner of the world, feel free to grab a cup of coffee and stroll through the halls. I’m a writer, developer, designer, gardener, and mother of some very rambunctious little monkeys. I’m also a dog lover, so that one person out there in the universe – you know who you are – stop sending me cat videos. Please?

Feel free to poke around my blog as much o...

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