Category : Writing

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One night during 2012, I woke up around 4:00 a.m. with a story running through my head. It splayed out in front of me from beginning to end. It was about a self-centered young man who lives a comfortable, affluent for his station, life, and how he comes to look outside of his cozy existence …
This year’s WITS school residencies have turned out to be challenging. Amazingly, fantastically awesome. But challenging. First, I took on an eighth-grade class, and these were kids I’d actually taught before, so I needed to come up with something new. Along with them, I have a group of sixth graders, and in the past, their …
So I suck at blogging. It’s official because the last post here was from back in February when Talina at Sassy and Dangerous had her Valentine Bash. Oddly, it was a Twitter Chat that she hosted that made me realize I should tend my neglected blog. What I have in mind today is writing prompts. School starts soon, …
To outline or not to outline: that is the question. So I’ve read two books this month about outlining. I did this mostly because it’s something I’ve avoided like the plague. For me, outlining harks back to my junior high years when I struggled with that sort of thing. The idea of having to think …
I am super excited to be a part of Sassy & Dangerous’s Christmas Blog Bash. It starts December 1st and runs through the 12th. I, along with Phantom’s Dance, will be featured on the 6th, but be sure to stop by and check out the fabulous list of authors she has lined up for this holiday …
After joining Wattpad, I’ve posted the first 5 chapters of Amanda Noble, Zookeeper Extraordinaire and plan to load the entire book. In the meantime, I’m working on getting the first two in the series, Zookeeper Extraordinaire and Special Agent, converted to ebooks and available on Smashword. Simultaneously, I will be working on the edits for Amanda …
I’ve been so busy with Phantom’s Dance promotions that I haven’t written any posts. That and I’ve gone back to work, have two fabulous schools this year, but my time is scarce. This post will be short and sweet as well. First of all, Phantom’s Dance is now available in audio. It sounds amazing too. …
For a long time I ignored my desire to write. I was horribly insecure about it and I was terrified of anyone finding my grammar mistakes. Oh, the horror! Seriously though my issues with grammar were a problem and it wasn’t until I was well into my adult years, and had been writing for a …
Since school is starting, I thought I’d post about what it is I do throughout the school year. Since 2008 I’ve had the great pleasure of working as a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools. To learn more about Writers in the Schools, aka WITS, click here. But the short version is that WITS is …
  When I started making author school visits I noticed how kids tend to idealize an author’s life. They put them on a pedestal and imagine them cranking out a book a month, traveling to exotic places, and raking in the cash. So I’ve composed a list (a partial list, mind you) of things a …
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