I Should Be Writing Wednesday

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” — Anne Lamott

It’s I Should Be Writing Wednesday, and guess what?? I’m not writing. Not officially, anyway. Officially I’m still on hiatus, but the light at the end of this tunnel is in sight and I’ve been warming up—slowly, mind you—letting my muse yawn and stretch from the long rest.

Right now I’m working on a short story. I’ve never written a short story, and it’s been interesting work setting up a full premise and story arc in such a small amount of word-space. Not sure if it will be any good (see above quote), but I’m enjoying the effort. It’s about a tween-age girl who loves to sketch, a sea captain aboard an Antarctic-bound ship, and a deep-space astronaut.IMG_9486

I’m also beginning to baby step my way back into the world of Shrilugh—we’re talking super tiny, itty-bitty baby steps, so don’t get too excited. I have an opening paragraph (I think…completely subject to change at this stage of the game):

Three things: A black velvet sky, vaulted high and studded with diamond stars flung far and wide. A friendly sea breeze, salty and brisk, laughing over water and sand. And a girl, appearing out of nowhere, falling from the sky like a lesser angel tossed from heaven.

Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll hate it tomorrow. 🙂

Also, yesterday I stumbled upon Orchos as he was reminiscing to Brig about falling in love with Opal. I hope I captured his charm. It might end up being cut from the final product, but it was good for my heart to see how those two found each other.

Writers—what projects are you working on? Tell me so I can cheer you on!

Readers—what projects are you wishing I (or whoever your favorite author is) was working on?

Finally, I leave you with this little nugget: “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” —Franz Kafka

…I wonder if my family can vouch for this? Ha!


Dear Internet Peoples,

I really want you to read my books. If, for whatever reason (seriously, any reason at all, even if that reason is you just hate paying for stuff) you find yourself tempted to download any of my books from a piracy site,

STOP. Don’t.

Instead, get ahold of me (see the ‘connect’ tab at the top of this page? Click there) and let me know. I’d be happy to give you a digital copy of one of my books on the house and here’s why it’s infinitely cooler to get ’em that way instead of pirating them:

*You can tell your friends the author gave you this book ‘cuz we’re hella tight (more integrity in this white lie than stealing my books).

*You don’t have to worry about malware or someone scamming your credit card #.

*You can walk around with that Hey, I Didn’t Steal Something From An Artist Today glow.

*Reading is awesome; reading a book that was given as a gift is double awesome.

This is a No Strings Attached offer – I’m not asking for reviews (although I do love a good review more than chocolate, and that’s saying something) or for you to tell everybody you know about my books (but if you feel compelled I’m certainly not going to stop you). I just want for you to have a way to get your hands on my stuff without having to support a crappy underground industry to do it. And who knows? Maybe you’ll buy the next one.

I hope you’ll take me up on this, Internet Peoples.

As always, loads of love,



You Are Mine

“Shrilugh is a rollicking adventure story, yet the author has a firm grasp on the emotional turmoil brought on when life insists you leave childhood behind and grow up. I found it fascinating to watch as Aydan struggles with releasing a past she can never re-gain and facing a future that terrifies her.” (Four stars, Amazon review)

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