Fostering Creativity – Part 5

Finding Your Own Voice I wrote a previous blog post (a bit tongue in cheek) a while back about my writing gurus. Since then, I read one of Derek Murphy’s books, the YA paranormal romance Shearwater. I left a pretty harsh review that may have inspired the author to record this video.   I haveContinue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 5”

New YA Suspense Story

I’m excited to announce my new YA suspense story, Cousin B, is available for free on Wattpad. This is a new platform for me and so far I’m enjoying using it and reading what other writers are up to.¬†“Cousin B.” has been bouncing around my brain for awhile. I wrote a good chunk of theContinue reading “New YA Suspense Story”

Summer Reading & Writing

Beach Reads I took myself on a little beach holiday last weekend (and returned with a nasty summer cold). I did some editing for the new book. One more pass and I think I’ll be done. It’s difficult to edit your own work, but that’s where I’m at. It’s time to move it on downContinue reading “Summer Reading & Writing”

Self-editing

Tips and quips… Maybe when I’ve made $1,000 in book sales I’ll hire an editor, but s/he’d better be good, meaning part persnickety grammarian and part hand-holding psychologist with a soothing voice and a talent for shoulder rubs. But until then, I’m on my own. As this is my second time producing a self-published novel,Continue reading “Self-editing”

The Tao of Writing Gurus

The art and craft of writing seems to reside in different parts of the brain: the art for art’s sake side and the practical side. Now, I realize there is an enormous branch of philosophy dedicated to the deconstruction of binaries oppositions, but for the sake of simplicity I’m going with the ¬†model I know.Continue reading “The Tao of Writing Gurus”

Fostering Creativity – Part 4

Embrace Randomness The surrealists believed in the power of randomness to invoke the muse. Automatic writing can clear the detritus built up on the brain after weeks of editing as much as a (I’m hoping) War of the Apes will. It’s also a channel to new (sometimes ancient) ideas uncomplicated by the burden of consciousContinue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 4”

The Writing Process – Part I

I’m currently several drafts into my second novel. I plan to self-publish it. I don’t really have a deadline, except for the arbitrary one I gave myself. With no proverbial sword hanging over my head, I’ve worked steadfastly towards that goal for the last eight months. But the entire process of bringing this current novelContinue reading “The Writing Process – Part I”

Indie Horror Review #5

Blue Meat Blues by Joshua McGrath In my quest for finding indie (self-published) horror novels to review, I consulted a list on Goodreads and deliberately chose the book with the least reviews and the weirdest cover–I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog. I checked out the author’s profile page and see that hisContinue reading “Indie Horror Review #5”

How to get your book reviewed on BookTube

I’ve always considered myself a shitty saleswoman, so imagine my surprise when I did something right by just writing a personal letter to one of my favorite book tubers Peter Loves Books. After watching his videos and getting to know him as a cyber “friend”, I had an inkling he might enjoy Unmasked, my campyContinue reading “How to get your book reviewed on BookTube”

Fostering Creativity – Part 2

Listen. That’s a declarative, not an imperative sentence. At some point when I reached, ehem, maturity, I made a conscious decision to become a good listener. I’m not that much of a talker to begin with (well, maybe after a few glasses of wine…) and some people can certainly rattle on and on which canContinue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 2”