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My first guest post ever!

I’m guest posting today at The Homeschool Scientist! It’s my first guest post ever! I enjoyed this new writing experience. I’ll write up a post on the experience of crafting a guest post tomorrow morning.  


Why be a writer?

For the Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Writing this past week, I looked at marketing. Kind of. It’s a funny place to start learning about the craft of writing, but last Tuesday I read this amazing article: “BECAUSE AWESOME.” It spoke to me Read more…


18 books I love

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Giver by Lois Lowry Hamlet by William Shakespeare Lord of Read more…


How to write 47,504 words of crap and feel great

I did it! I wrote a novel! The first draft is 47,504 words and belongs in a nice, shiny trash can. Writing fail About 2/3 of the way through my novel, I realized that it was no good. All my Read more…


The Awkward First Draft

I’m uneasy (and grumpy!) because I have NO IDEA what I’m doing now. I have nearly 50,000 words written in my book. I have 4 scenes left to write. Once those are done, I’ll be in the mysterious frontier of Read more…


Cowboys & Aliens on writing

Okay, so Cowboys & Aliens was actually good. I expected it to be barely watchable. I mean, aliens in a western? It’s ridiculous. Except it’s not really about Aliens. Or cowboys. It’s about people. Individuals. People changing. People becoming better, living up Read more…


Identity crisis

Okay. This week I didn’t even come close to my ROW80 goal of 1,000 words/day. I probably got 2,000 words over the course of the entire week. The problem? I am having a writing identity crisis. I finished up Act I of Read more…


ROW80 challenge: going strong

My ROW80 challenge is to write 1,000 words a day. Thursday 10/13: Wrote 1019 words by 6:20 am… then kept writing to finish up the scene by 6:54 with 1435 words. Exciting! Friday 10/14: 107 words. Yeah, I’m not missing a digit. Only got 1/10 of Read more…


Three days of success!

My first three days of the ROW80 challenge have been successful! I reached my goal of 1,000 words every day, mostly by waking up at 5 am to write before the kids wake. I’ve made excellent progress on my novel. At the Read more…


Writing Goals: updated

My writing’s been a bit sporadic lately. Here and there, when I can, when I feel like it. Ha! That will never finish my book. A few months ago, I participated in the ROW80 challenge for a couple weeks, and Read more…