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Birthday Weekend Round-Up!

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

It’s been almost two weeks since my last post. Last week was quite the week, and I did very little writing. This week has been all about catching up and getting back in the rhythm, so again, very little writing—more than last week, but again, not a lot.

I’m grateful to be back, though. I’ve been taking ideas down for new essays, plan to review a few horror films, have been keeping up on news trends, and I’ve written lines for quite a few different poems. So the wheels are turning, and the heart is ready; I just have to get back into full-swing.

Does anyone else ever feel that way about their writing? Their other craft(s)? Trying to juggle it all?

Fortunately, I can see next week being a good time. I’m tentatively planning six days in a row of fall and Halloween fun with my kids, all of which I see being tinged with inspiration! Plus, it’s fall, and it’s fun, and it’s when I feel most alive, so—why not write?

PLUS, we need to talk about NaNoWriMo more soon! I have a novel prepped to go, I’m ready to go all the way, and I would really love to help a few other aspiring writers (or first-time novelists) do the same.

In the meantime, I’m getting back to my weekly round-ups, for anyone looking for some quick weekend reads, or for those who may be interested in what I’m working on.

Since things were so busy last week, I didn’t do a round-up, so here’s two weeks’ worth of content!

Enjoy! And thank you, as always, for the support and for the read.

This Week’s Round-Up!

“Nurse’s Twin Sister Pays Powerful Tribute To Nurses Everywhere With Emotional Facebook Post,” Comic Sands (October 2019): link

“Illinois Prison Guards Used Private Facebook Groups To Mock Transgender Inmates, Watchdog Group Finds,” Comic Sands (October 2019): link

“Muslim Youth Coach Gets Racist Text Message From Parent ‘Uncomfortable’ With Him Coaching,” Percolately (October 2019): link

“13-Year-Old Kansas Girl Charged With Felony After Pointing Finger Gun At Her Classmates,” Percolately (October 2019): link

“Pennsylvania Family Suing After Police Arrest Them For Loitering Outside Their Own Home,” Comic Sands (October 2019): link

“Bride-To-Be Left Fuming After Friend Steals Her ‘Dream Wedding Dress’ For Her Own Wedding,” Comic Sands (October 2019): link

“MSNBC Correspondent Adorably Interrupted By Her Son Coming To Say Hi During Live Report,” Comic Sands (October 2019): link

“Woman On Virgin Atlantic Flight Receives Onslaught Of Sexually Inappropriate In-Flight Messages From Male Passengers,” Percolately (October 2019): link

“Authorities Baffled After Woman Somehow Boards Delta Flight Without ID Or Boarding Pass,” Comic Sands (October 2019): link

You can find more articles over on my Bylines page, as well as book reviews and poetry. Thank you for reading! Happy Friday, Happy Birthday to my kiddos, and Happy Fall to all!


Tuesday Motivation: Is This Your Year to Write Your First Book?

Happy Tuesday, friends—and Happy October 1st! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your week.

We’re officially in my favorite month of the year. Fall is in full swing, both of my kids are having birthdays, and there is also Halloween! Seriously, the best season of them all.

The other tremendous news for all writers out there is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which begins one month from today.

NaNoWriMo originated as a challenge for fiction writers to complete one novel in the month of November, but I’ve seen non-fiction writers use it as an opportunity to work on non-fiction projects, as well, and poets converting it to a daily poem challenge. It’s a great platform for everyone!

So the question I have for you is this—Are you ready to write your first book? Is this your year?

Technically, any year, any month, any day could be your time. You just have to make the decision to sit down and start (and eventually, finish!).

But I want to challenge you to make NOW your time.

Just like having children, starting an exercise routine, or moving to a new place, there is never a “good time” to do it. If you look hard enough, there will always be obstacles standing in the way of your success. But if you look hard enough in the other direction, you’ll be able to find the time, energy, and inspiration you need to start working on your book.

Just imagine: You start working on this new, scary project in November, and by the end of the month or the beginning of the New Year, you have a draft in your hands. Think of that. You composed an entire book, and now it’s time to revise it and decide how you want to put it out into the world.

I want you to experience that great feeling of accomplishment now, not next year or ten years from now.

I am a testament to this. I’ve drafted out several books, but they didn’t turned out to be books that I wanted to share with the world. Maybe my feelings about them will change with time, and I’ll go back, significantly revise them, and then seek out a publisher. But the feelings I have about the two books I’m working on right now? These are going to be my first and second novels that the world gets to see. I’ve decided that, and I’m fighting for them. I’m finishing at least one of them during NaNoWriMo, and I’m aiming to finish both of them by the entrance of the New Year.

I want you to fight for your work, too!

I hope that you’ll join me for this NaNoWriMo, whether you use the NaNo platform or work in Google Docs or wherever else you work best.

So much so—I have a few opportunities to share with you.

First of all, I’ve enjoyed the experiences I’ve had as a writing coach, and I’m always open to working with new writers. You could have a few books under your belt like I do, and this is the first one that you’re taking seriously. You could be brand new to this, and you’re not entirely sure what all this “novel-writing business” entails. You could even be a seasoned author who likes a second pair of eyes on their work. I’ve worked with all these different author “character types,” and I’ve loved working with them all.

That’s the first opportunity. If you’re worried about approaching your first novel, staying on-task, being able to fit all this writing into your schedule, fully fleshing out a plot, etc., I’m here for you.

I’m also giving out a few writing resources, closer to the end of the month, as part of my celebration of Halloween. There are going to be three resources, and there’s going to be a “trick-or-treat” option.

I don’t want to give away all the fun yet, but these resources are going to help you plan for your novel, even last-minute, so that you have a sense of what you’ll be writing about going into the month of November. There will be useful information contained in these resources, as well as writing prompts and outlining models that will carry through the Fall to the final lines of your novel draft.

I’m so excited for this month! I’ll be sharing stories of birthdays and apple-picking and poetry reading, for sure. I hope to hear from some of you about working together this NaNoWriMo, too—and I can’t wait to share these resources with you when they go live.

Happy Fall, everyone! Happy October 1st!


Hello Fall! Here’s What’s Coming in October.

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday! And HAPPY FALL! This is my favorite-favorite time of year: the weather is just how I like it, I love all the colors and smells, pumpkins and costumes, creepy things, and the impending doom that is winter and all that I always pile on myself around this time of year.

No, actually, I’m not a big fan of winter; the cold is killer. But I DO tend to overdo it with the to-do’s and goals around this time of year, and 2018 is no different. Here are the big things on my horizon, which you might want to know if you’re following my work!

My daughter is fabulous and turning four this year; that’s our first big event of October. Then, her little brother is due to come into the world, in mid-to-late October: two October babies! And then Halloween.

That’s more than enough to fill up someone’s month, right? Without planning too many writing goals?

But I tend to go big or go home, and this lady has already set up camp. Here are the writing-related things for October:

I’ll be participating in this year’s THE POEMING over on Tumblr. Every year, the wonderful E.K. Anderson hosts THE POEMING on Tumblr, which focuses on one author throughout the month of October, typically in erasure-fashion. This year, the author is Seanan McGuire, and I’ve been assigned the book, Late Eclipses. You can find me on Tumblr here, where I’m currently very quiet, but the poems will be walking their little erased selves in shortly.

I’ll be recapping and theorizing all over the new show, Legacies. Legacies (which is a spin-off of The Originals… which was also a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries) will be premiering on The CW on October 25. I haven’t been able to find an outlet to host me—if you know of any, feel free to send them my way!—so I’ll be writing recaps, theories, and other fangirly things here. I’ve wanted to more firmly branch out into film and television for a while now, and I think the launch of this show is the time to do it.

I will NOT be “pantsing” for NaNoWriMo this year. That’s the goal—I’m sticking to it—which means all the prep needs to happen in October. In July and August, I started freewriting daily for a horror-suspense novel that I’m loving that’s based on Mackinac Island (another love of mine). I love what I’ve done with it so far, but I’ve reached the point where I’m either going to drop it, or I need to start researching and planning to follow this thing through, so that’s what I’ll be doing. If you see the occasional creepy poem, or Michigan-based poem, or some-other-poem, that might be why!

And finally there are all the usual suspects: new poems! book reviews! freelance pieces! Obviously you’ll see these new erasure poems, but I’m interested to see if they push me in another direction… And I have several books lined up to review, specifically while the Halloween-vibe is going strong. And, as always, there are the pieces I write for various publications. If you see anything in entertainment, books, parenting, yoga, health, mental wellness, social media, or some other topic area you feel like I should be writing for, feel free to let me know! I’ll say it louder for the folks in the back: I am all ears.

And… that’s it from me for now! I know, it’s a lot to take in. I’m really interested to see where all of these unique projects take me as a writer, though. If you would like to connect with me about what you’re working on, or reading, or watching, I would love to hear! Happy Falloween, all; it’s here!