My writing journey, Writing Tips

What to do when your first draft is a huge dumpster fire

With the release of Family Binds just 16 days away, it’s time to start working on book 3 in The Journey Missions series, Thicker Than Blood. In book 3 Crystal, Desi, Justin, Grady, and Tyler are sent to Earth to speak in a military hearing on the benefits of the officer exchange program to try… Continue reading What to do when your first draft is a huge dumpster fire

Crystal and Flint, My writing journey, Writing Tips

How a Story Changes: A Look Back at the First Draft of Crystal and Flint

I was preparing to speak at a career day a few months ago and was trying to pull together a visual to use to show just how much work goes into getting a book ready for publication. In digging through all the printed drafts I had, I stumbled upon the very first draft for Crystal… Continue reading How a Story Changes: A Look Back at the First Draft of Crystal and Flint

Family Binds, My writing journey, Updates

Oh hey there, remember me

I do this to myself every year. Every December, while I'm still riding high off of my nano win in November, I make a plan for what I want to accomplish the next year, complete with deadlines. Deadlines that I end up not being able to meet once the new year starts. This year is… Continue reading Oh hey there, remember me

My writing journey

When things don’t go according to plan

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a planner. I have spreadsheets to help me organize every aspect of my life. I set goals and deadlines for myself, especially when it comes to my writing. But sometimes those plans fall apart and once they do it's really hard for me to get back… Continue reading When things don’t go according to plan

My writing journey

A day in the life of me

Beyond a doubt the question I’m asked most often is how do you find the time to write? I usually respond with a quick “I don’t sleep” everyone chuckles and then we all move on with our lives. I’m a firm believer that if something is important to you then you make the time to… Continue reading A day in the life of me

Monthly recaps, My writing journey

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Another year is gone and what a crazy year it was. There were so many ups and downs, but overall 2018 was a pretty amazing year. The biggest thing to happen this year was the birth of my daughter, Lillian, in May of this year. My husband and I had been trying to have a… Continue reading Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

My writing journey

The Emotional Toll of Being a Writer

My goal with this blog, beside providing some helpful tips about writing and publishing, it is be as honest as possible about my journey as writer and what it takes to get a story from idea, to draft, to finished product. So with that in mind, here comes a middle of the week unscheduled post.… Continue reading The Emotional Toll of Being a Writer

My writing journey

Why I NaNoWriMo

It’s the middle of October which means we are just weeks away from the start of my favorite time of the year, National Novel Writing Month or as the cool kids call it NaNo. For those of you that don’t know, NaNo is a non-profit organization that puts on writing challenges throughout the year. The biggest… Continue reading Why I NaNoWriMo

My writing journey

Take Two: Life update and blog relaunch

I’m Back!  It’s been a well over a year since I last wrote a blog post, and even back then I only wrote a few before abandoning it.  Not this time.  This time I’m determined to keep with it. I have even planned out the weekly posts for the next few months to help keep… Continue reading Take Two: Life update and blog relaunch

My writing journey, Writing Tips

First Draft to Final Draft

I found an old flash drive in our safe.  On it was an old draft of The Journey Missions: Crystal and Flint.  I don’t think it’s the first draft, but it’s dated 2013 so it’s certainly one of the earliest.  I skimmed through the document and it’s amazing how the story has transformed.  It’s still… Continue reading First Draft to Final Draft