To Save the Shire

WARNING: This post contains excessive Lord of the Rings content guaranteed to make your day better. 😉 If you’re like me, looking at the state of our world right now can be pretty overwhelming. And, unfortunately, it’s easy to become jaded and callous as a result. I don’t ever want to stop finding wonder andContinue reading “To Save the Shire”

The Caption Contest – Winners and a Hiatus

This contest looked a little different with only a few entries, but I loved their creative work, nonetheless. Our picture was: And the flash fiction winner is . . . . . . . . Grace! Fairy house, small and meekThe size of a kiss on your cheek.The wind whistles with their voices on theContinue reading “The Caption Contest – Winners and a Hiatus”

The Caption Contest Continues . . .

You guys absolutely killed me on the last Caption Contest. Why? Because there were so. many. good ones! Whew. It was so hard to choose. In fact, I had to pick TWO winners from the six-word story category. (We didn’t have any flash fiction entries.) So congrats to both of the winners and, honestly, congratsContinue reading “The Caption Contest Continues . . .”

How to Write Characters With Trauma

There is nothing I like more as a reader than finding a book that does a good job of portraying mental illness in fictional characters (looking at you, Blade of Secrets), but if you haven’t actually experienced the trauma or mental health challenge you’re writing about, it can be hard to do. To help yourselfContinue reading “How to Write Characters With Trauma”

Winners of the Caption Contest!

I am so excited to share with you guys the winners of our last Caption Contest! The picture for the challenge was: Everyone had such lovely entries – thank you to all the writers! And the winner for the flash fiction entries is . . . . . . . . . . . .Continue reading “Winners of the Caption Contest!”

I Want to do NaNoWriMo This Year . . . I Think.

It’s that time of year again. Harvesting corn, canning tomatoes, making applesauce (from the early apples) . . . In between training a new puppy, learning a new language, managing a blog . . . oh, and writing. I mean, I am a writer. In all seriousness, Fate of a Prince’s first draft is finished,Continue reading “I Want to do NaNoWriMo This Year . . . I Think.”

5 Things You NEED Before Publishing Your Book

Super excited to share this with you guys today, because these are five crucial points I learned from publishing my first book. Let’s get right into them. Each point is in chronological order. A GOOD EDITORYou probably already know this, but it always bears repeating: you cannot skimp on editing. But finding an editor isContinue reading “5 Things You NEED Before Publishing Your Book”

The Caption Challenge Returns!

We’re back for another Caption Challenge! I was so pleased with how the last one went, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for this one. Remember, your entry in the comments can be a six-word story or flash fiction (50 words or less) based on the picture. No moreContinue reading “The Caption Challenge Returns!”

The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag

I stole this tag from Chelsea because it looked so fun. So without further ado . . . What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?Fantasy. (Just get used to me saying fantasy a lot.) It’s my all-time favorite genre. What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.Horror. Like, if youContinue reading “The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag”