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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Oh Happy Friday!

Three of my favorite words. Long ago when I worked in an office, Friday meant wrapping up the week, looking forward to more sleep, and two whole days where I could do whatever the hell I wanted.

These days, Friday means no work for three days and I can just watch it pile up in my inbox. I went to the four-day work week when I had my son, a year and a half ago. Best decision I ever made. Now Fridays I get to write, play with my kids, and enjoy a day of rest and relaxation before the weekend starts.

This morning I’m snuggling my coffee, torrential rain is beating against the roof of the house, and Pandora is playing some of my favorite mood-setting music. It’s days like these that I live for, where I can relax, write, and immerse myself in any world that’s light years away from Earth.

Now if...

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The Reading List

Truth? Hands down I’m a Science Fiction and Fantasy nerd. Doesn’t matter what form it comes in, chances are I’m going to read, watch or listen, even if it’s full of the same old stuff so many other stories offer. However, there does come a point where I start to get nit-picky.

YA: Sure, there’s some decent stories out there, and I have been surprised before. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a perfect example. When I first set out to read this book, I was really skeptical. However, Sue crafted her words in such a way that you feel the characters come to life without sacrificing the language to support younger minds. For the most part, I prefer to keep YA (and most children’s) stories far out of my reach. Back room please!

Why? I’m an adult, and I like adulting.

So I’ve taken the ...

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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.
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/05/08/25-things-writers-should-know-about-creating-mystery/

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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