life, waiting, writing

Wondering and Waiting

Yesterday afternoon, I was the eighth in the carpool lane to pick up the kiddos. Not long after I arrived, I turned off the engine. After all, we aren't supposed to let the car idle. It didn't take long before I felt like I was in a furnace. Outside temps pushed the upper nineties. I… Continue reading Wondering and Waiting

adult fiction, fiction, Uncategorized, writing fiction

Why Adult Fiction vs. YA?

I've never been one to fit nicely and neatly into any category or niche, and my fiction is no exception. I get that in a world where the publishing industry has changed and sizable profits make or break the business, having some sort of indication that the unpublished novels under consideration will generate large revenue… Continue reading Why Adult Fiction vs. YA?

writing, writing fiction, writing process

What? Write? Why?

Not hearing from an agent ready to represent the manuscript for my first novel in adult fiction has been hard. It has put a damper on my creative spirit, and I've struggled with working on the second book without deleting everything I have written. The outline for the book has been done. But, the scenes… Continue reading What? Write? Why?

corrupted love, love, single mom

Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story

Over the weekend, I was at the Denver Performing Arts Center's Boettcher Concert Hall for the DYAO (Denver Young Artists Orchestra) Spectacular, where conductor, composer, and arranger David Mairs talked about his World Premiere piece, "Dreamdancing." He talked about how it was his heart song, and he ended by encouraging all of us to write… Continue reading Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story

fiction, Uncategorized, writing, writing fiction

The Writer’s Burden

I'm going to be candid about where I am in the writing process, as I try to publish the first manuscript in a series of adult fiction. No embellishments. Honest and transparent. Sometimes despairing and isolating, and other times, exciting. The adventure started with a mystical experience that I cannot explain in any sensible way.… Continue reading The Writer’s Burden

agents, query, rejection letters, writing fiction

Moving Past Rejection

I've been working on Book 2: reading, brainstorming, researching, plotting points, and taking care of my artist self (taking photographs with my film camera, trying different coffee shops). That has been well and good. No problem there. If I'm to be honest though, I've been hesitant in moving full steam ahead with Book 2. Why?… Continue reading Moving Past Rejection

publishing, publishingprocess, writing, writingfiction

Random Roller Coaster Ride

  For a few years, I worked on the manuscript to my first novel in a series of adult fiction, magical realism specifically. And then, someone with much more writing and publishing experience came alongside me and became my writing mentor. For nearly a year, this brilliant and talented individual guided me, and I kicked… Continue reading Random Roller Coaster Ride