Moving In Day

Well, I’ve moved. I think. OK, I’m still deciding between Blogger and WordPress, but I’m pretty sure I’ll retire my blog at Blogger and migrate it over here. After all, I’ve already paid WordPress $12 to use my own domain which I bought for a ridiculously low price this morning. (Although I can’t help but wonder why WP makes me pay to use something I’ve already bought.) Continue reading “Moving In Day”

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This is a work of fiction…

I just saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the other night and am now reading the book. Naturally, I was disturbed by some of the scenes I saw in the movie and will take no pleasure in reading them when I get to those parts in the book, but I understand why the author included them. Bad things happen to people in real life; to ignore them in our fiction is to bury our heads in the sand. But it made me wonder… Could I write scenes like that? You know what I mean- the gritty, horrible, sadistic, cover-your-hand-over-your-eyes-because-you-feel-dirty-watching-them scenes.

Yes, yes I can. The problem (for me) doesn’t lie in imagining them, or putting them to paper. The problem lies only in, What would my mother think?? Continue reading “This is a work of fiction…”

Poor Reviews: A writer’s best friend


I just wrote a review on Amazon for a book I didn’t exactly love. But before I posted it, I decided to read the other reviews to see if readers had the same issues with the book that I did. Turns out, they found even more flaws.

Aside from the obvious relief of knowing I wasn’t the only one disappointed with the book, I learned something valuable: negative book reviews are super important for writers to read. Continue reading “Poor Reviews: A writer’s best friend”

Scrivener: A Review


I want a one-stop shop for all my writing needs, hence today’s photo. Get it? It’s “one stop.” See?
Anyone?
Nevermind…

Anyway, in my quest for an all-in-one writing solution, I am now trying out Scrivener for 30 days. The 30-day-trial is actually 30 days of use, not 30 days from the time you first run the program. That earns it beaucoup brownie points in my book (the one I just imported into Scrivener.) Continue reading “Scrivener: A Review”

Story Bible Blues

A few weeks ago I listened to a podcast on Writing Excuses about story bibles. A story bible is a place to keep all the details of your characters, locations, and events organized so that you can easily look them up later on.

For somebody like me who 1) has poor memory, and 2) is obsessive about keeping notes in a systematic way, a story bible is an excellent idea. Wikis make an obvious choice for this type of document so I tried out a few. Continue reading “Story Bible Blues”

On Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. It’s a day of cookouts, family get-togethers, and weekend sales. It’s a day off from school, from work, from the gym. It’s a day of insane traffic while everybody comes back from the beach. It’s a day to go to the newly-opened pools, have a beer, spend time with the kids, the neighbors, the family. A day to relax.

And throughout all of that, most importantly, it’s a day to reflect on the countless men and women who will never enjoy those things again because they selflessly gave their lives for this country. Continue reading “On Memorial Day”

In search of Harmony


Well, April and May were tough months for me. Shortly after I gave myself that pep talk to get back into daily writing, I succumbed to Yesman disease where I couldn’t say no to some friends with a business opportunity, overextended myself far beyond what is humanly possible, and neglected my family, my house, and my writing all for somebody else’s dream. In no time I was diverting all my efforts toward something I didn’t really care about. I became irritable, stressed, and unhappy. Thanks in part to my husband, I realized what was happening, swallowed a heavy dose of whatthefuckamidoing, and finally just said no. Continue reading “In search of Harmony”