Dreams Really Do Come True!

It has finally happened. After a year and a half of sending out short stories and a lifetime wanting to see my work in print, I am now a published author! You may remember me talking about my short story being accepted for publication. I shared about it here and here. Well, now the book…

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What I Learned from Working with An Editor

Editing. That word strikes images of a white page with my ideas on it riddled with the cruel markings of a red pen. You may remember one of my previous posts where I shared the exciting news that one of my short stories is going to be published. What I didn’t share was the terror that…

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The Best Birthday Gift Ever!

Yesterday, August 29th, was my birthday. I’m always thankful to make it to another birthday because tomorrow isn’t promised. This birthday was extra special.  I got the best birthday gift ever, and it came in my Inbox. Can you guess what it is? You’ll figure it out but I will let the suspense build anyway.…

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Let the Queries Begin!

Another milestone in this topsy-turvy world of publishing has been reached: I submitted my first query letter to an agent! This process is exhilarating and frustrating all at the same time.  There were two steps involved: writing the query letter and researching agents. Writing the query letter took some time because I wanted to be…

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First Goal of 2018 Accomplished

Nothing gets you motivated like the completion of a goal.  Back in August of last year I began a series of creative writing courses.  The capstone course began in January of this year.  I submitted the final assignment on Sunday.  This morning I received an email that I passed the course!! This is the first…

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Novel Progress

So, I did it!  I emailed my novel, The House on Horace Street, to five beta readers.  I carefully selected these readers because I know they will be completely honest with me about any areas where my novel may need work.  And if you’re wondering if I held my breath each time I pressed send…well…

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The Year in Review

I can’t believe 2017 is over. Another year has slipped by. On this last day of the year, I completed my fourth online writing course, The Craft of Style. I enjoyed not only the instruction, but the feedback on my stories from other students taking the courses.  If you’re a writer, you know how vulnerable…

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I survived NaNoWriMo!

I did it!!!  I made it! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)  has come to a close and I finished strong! In case you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a challenge every November to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Sound easy? Try it. By the way, please enjoy the randomly placed selfies of me…

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