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The past two and a half weeks have flown by in a flurry of snuggles, puppy pads, tug-o-war, and moments of pure panic. Pixie the fearless adventuress has visited the skunks under the deck (ack!), snuck out at night (coronary!), and seriously considered jumping into the partially-frozen fish pond (gah!). Despite no sense of self-preservation, she is wonderfully intelligent, and quickly figures things out on her own (like how to escape and evade recapture). And there is no better snuggler on the face of the planet once she gets sleepy. Playing with her is a delight, and when we stop she paws the air in a motion my daughter has labeled “come at me bro.” Being chased is her favorite game, especially with a dirty puppy pad in her mouth. I may be getting little writing (or much of anything) done, but this sweet little whirling dervish has spun herself into our hearts, and we couldn’t imagine our family without her. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m on fire (figuratively)!

Summer went out in a blaze of glory! Okay, it was just a blaze. Actually, it’s a really big forest fire that may or may not burn my house down. Good times. Outside the air is so smoky it’s like breathing chalk (please don’t be imagining me with a piece of chalk up each nostril). But! I have found time to write every day lately, and it feels wonderful! I still don’t know quite how book two of The Winged series is going to end, but I think I’m almost there. If I’m not, it’s going to be a very long book as it’s already well over 100,000 words! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Today is a good day :)

Sometimes discouragement gets the better of you as a writer, but today is a good day. The local book store and arts center requested a picture of my book cover and me to start advertising their Literary Festival/book signing, I have new reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and the delightful Ash the Bookworm just designated Elissa Blue as the most beautiful book cover (https://ashthebookworm.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/beautiful-book-covers-tag/). ๐Ÿ˜€ This trifecta of good news comes at the perfect time as I’ve been feeling anxious about not having book two finished yet, and even had stress dreams last night about it. I thought summer was going to afford me multiple writing hours a day, but it just hasn’t happened. I need to start sleeping less (3 hours a night is plenty, right?) or invent time travel so I can still publish the second book in December. But I will not worry about that now, because today is a good day.

P.S. Forever thanks to Julie Jentzsch for this amazing cover. Your beautiful art gave me the courage to publish.

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I love my reviewers!

It was so very scary the first time I let someone read Elissa Blue, and only marginally less scary each time afterwards. I published it terrified of the nasty reviews I would have to endure. Each positive review leaves me surprised, hopeful, and so grateful! Lately I’ve been receiving book reviews that have touched and charmed me so completely that I happy cry. A retired school teacher whom I admire commended my dialogue and called the book wonderful. A high school friend praised my metaphors (weren’t intentional, but oh well!) and message. And tonight, a Goodreads reviewer wrote “I truly loved this book, it melted my heart into a little puddle of happiness and left me content.” That is just how my reviews make me feel! Thank you so much!elissa blue meme reviews 3

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