No one knows you better than you know yourself. Because you only show the side of yourself that you want people to see. We all do. Right now, my house is a wreck with suitcases and clothes because we’re moving our kids down to Orlando for the semester next week. It has us all crazy… Continue reading Focusing on the Gems
I’m curious. What did you love DOING when you were little? Dream of BEING when you grew up? I loved writing plays and acting them out. It was one of my favorite things to do. So for years, I dreamed of being a soap opera actress! I was never a theater kid though. Although I… Continue reading Has Your Dream Found You?
It’s January 9th... and my first book, Spin the Golden Light Bulb, is 2 years old already! How have 24 months gone by so fast? My head is truly spinning at the thought! I have so many great memories of 2018, the year Spin the Golden Light Bulb debuted, and one of them is pictured… Continue reading Two Years Already?
Why do we all think we have to achieve certain milestones by a certain age? Graduate college by 22, get married and have an amazing career by 25, have babies by 30, find your life’s passion by 40, retire at 60...like what? Does it really matter if and when we hit certain milestones? On the… Continue reading You’re Never Too Old to Set another Goal
How great is this quote? Storybooks are filled with great messages and this one from “Oh the Places You’ll Go” is perfect for the start of the new year. I love it in the literal and not so literal sense. So where are you going in 2020? I’m determined to be more fearless and intentional… Continue reading Going Places in the New Year
Happy Halloween, from me... and my favorite costumed characters! The Crimson Five’s skit was one of my favorite scenes to write, and their costumes were so much fun to think up. Need a last-minute costume idea? Spin the Golden Light Bulb has you covered: • Kia: a dreamy-eyed little girl in pigtails, yellow overall shorts,… Continue reading Need a Last Minute Costume?
A few months ago, a dear author friend, Vivian Vande Velde said something that made me laugh. We were talking about our upcoming book releases and she asked me why publishers refer to publication dates as release dates. She said something to the effect of, “It’s like our books our being held hostage or in… Continue reading Letting Your Book Go…Until Release Day
Have you ever thought about who you’ll dedicate your book to once it gets published? Or dreamed of writing the acknowledgments page? I bet you have. Writers imagine all sorts of things while writing their manuscripts and especially while out on submission. I most definitely did! Only, I never imagined the process of writing them… Continue reading Writing the Acknowledgments Page of Your 1st Published Book
Dreaming is good. Doing is better. If you want to reach your dream of getting your book published, then it’s time to get back to work on your manuscript. Last week I talked about characters—making your reader care about them by making them relatable, and making their goals crystal clear with high stakes. But those… Continue reading Dialogue: Did the Right Person Say It?
Hey there! Sorry for the aggressive title today but I think many of you can use that reminder. I actually need it myself sometimes too! On the blog last week, I said that publishing is just crazy sometimes. It’s slow. It’s fickle. It’s unpredictable. But really, what business isn’t? And we all need to remember… Continue reading Get to Work! Make me Care about your MC