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

Family Binds, The Journey Missions

A Valentine’s Gift: Sneak peak of Family Binds

In honor of Valentine's Day I thought it would be fun to share this cute scene between Justin and Crystal from Family Binds coming out later this year. *** Crystal tried to work on analyzing the bio-skin data, but she couldn’t focus. She had been able to shut down her feelings while she was talking… Continue reading A Valentine’s Gift: Sneak peak of Family Binds

The Journey Missions

Musical Inspiration

Music is a big part of my writing process. I like to use music to help me get in the right emotional state for a certain scene or to help describe relationships between characters. I find that music can help me understand my characters and stories much better than I can on my own. Sometimes… Continue reading Musical Inspiration

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