A Book Is Born

Please excuse my lack of preamble, niceties, etc, because… LOOK WHAT CAME IN THE MAIL!   It’s a real live book with a front cover, a back cover, and even inside flaps! The title GLITTERS in the light! You may observe the barcode, ISBN, and swanky new QR code that will send you to a […]

Will you grow up to be a writer?

(cross-posted from Brave New Words) I knew I wanted to be a writer from at least fifth or sixth grade on, but sometimes it seemed inevitable that I should take that path. My parents had two daughters. They named my older sister Charlotte and then unwittingly (they claim) proceeded to dub me Emily. Do you know what […]

Write Something ELSE (It might get you an AGENT!)

It has been about four years exactly since the first time I told S — “I am writing a novel.” He nodded at the time, clearly unaware that ~this was important~. So I added, “I’m serious about this. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’m going to finish this book and do everything I […]

Enter Title Here

That’s what the subject line says in the box before you post a blog in WordPress. I have been thinking about writing this entry since April, and I had no idea what to call it once I got here, but that seemed appropriate. I just finished my second novel (yay me!), which is not to […]


THROUGH TO YOU…is what I’m NOT getting AND what I’m doing! Heh. TTY Word Count is currently: 36.5k (w00t!) Unfortunately because of the time sucking demands of my day job, I have had to choose between blogging and writing a YA novel I’m VERY excited about. I’m sorry, WordPress, I didn’t choose you. 🙁 I […]

Paying Tribute to Christopher Pike

October is one of my FAVORITE months. The weather starts to cool, but we don’t usually get snow, the shorter daylight hours become impossible to ignore…it’s all about transition. And then there’s HALLOWEEN. Every year, S and I watch a marathon of scary/thriller/horror movies from October 1st to 31st in celebration of the season, and this year will be […]

10 Things to do at Your First Writing Conference

So a while ago I wrote a  blog entry about my fear of writing conferences. Ok, maybe it wasn’t just about writing conferences, but a general fear of social situations IN GENERAL and writing conferences happen to be VERY SOCIAL events?  Well, last weekend, I FACED THE FEAR. And…the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s conference was a FANTASTIC experience. […]


S and I went for a Night Walk around the park with Basil this evening. These are the best kinds of walks because there’s almost no one else there, the air is comfortable in summertime, you don’t have to put on sunscreen, and all of the squirrels (aka poodle bait) are asleep. About halfway around, […]

You Make My Heart Pound Throbbingly

Recently, I’ve been reading a very successful YA series (NOT Twilight). These books are right up my alley – they’re paranormal, action-filled, humorous, and the concept is unique. And most of all…I am ~swooning~ over the male love interest. *c’thunk, c’thunk, c’thunk* But OMG the writing is atrocious. All through the series I have been asking myself WHY […]

14 Months

So today’s kind of a big day for me. And that got me thinking about the past 14 months. Actually, let me back up, because according to my Word files, MF has officially existed for almost two years. Two Thanksgivings ago, I was playing around with writing more than I had for a long time. […]