THE END: Two Misleading Words

Last night I did it. I typed THE END on my eleventh book. So how about we take a lazy look back at the process through memes I didn’t create. That’s right. I’m a pantser, which means I skip happily into every story with nothing more than a vague idea and a weak Pinterest board.…

Ho Ho Hold It… Where Are We Putting Everything?

The Great Downsizing of 2019 came up against its first true test this month. Christmas. The shift from 2400 sq feet on a third of an acre, an oversized double garage, and full basement with storage to a 1500 sq foot mobile home with two shed has been smooth. We prepared. We sold off and…

NaNoWriMo2019 Done and DONE

Whelp, that’s it. At 50130 words and 78 minutes to spare, I completed National Novel Writing Month. And now I’d like to take a moment to say 50k isn’t a novel. I started at 13k, ended the month at 63k, and have 17k more to go. So technically I completed National 5/8 Novel Writing Month.…

Remembrance Day

It’s been four months since I’ve stepped foot on a military base. Before December 2001, Remembrance Day for me was about poppies and silence and respect for soldiers. But I didn’t truly know or understand. Most don’t. Eighteen years later, all I can say this. Today, I remember the faces of mothers as they came…

50,000 words in one month? LET’S DO THIS

National Novel Writing Month has been a November tradition for me since 2016. It has everything a writer like me needs: a goal, badges for milestones, a progress graph, and, most importantly, a deadline. It’s day 3 and I’ve hit 5,000 words. Aeon and Delly’s book has rolled into Las Vegas and I’m on a…

What Are You Wearing?

This is, by far, one of my writing weaknesses. Looking for tight plots? Researched world building? Kickass heroines and growling alphas? I’m your gal. But small details like clothing, not so much. I’m not sure if it’s the result of my sole criticism of Jane Austin (2.5 pages on muslin dresses is 2.3 pages more…

Overthinking: The Silent Creativity Killer

The Haunt Vault began as a reaction to cold weather, a little hobby in the evenings as the temperatures dipped into -10C and lower. There was no plan, no end game in mind. That developed and morphed over the next three years while I wrote the next six books in the series. Yes, I managed…

The Grand Unboxing

Paperback copies of JUNKYARD DOG arrived today and they are GORGEOUS, front and back. I've been trying to put this blog post together for an hour and I'm giving up. I have nothing more to say tonight except CHECK THIS BOOK OUT!