A Year in Retrospect: Wrung Dry But Hopeful

December 31, 2011

It’s an obvious post to write, an end of year retrospective. I’ve done a lot, seen a lot, and experienced a lot this year. Then again, hasn’t everyone? I spent the first three months of the year pregnant, uncomfortable, and sick. The flu knocked me off of my feet for weeks and then love hit […]

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How Long Left

November 8, 2011

I opened my spreadsheet for tracking progress on the rewrite of this WIP and it reminded me of another Excel worksheet. In the Foreign Service, you’re always planning your next move. Your next destination is always on the horizon. A worksheet to monitor your timeline has been passed around. Almost all of my friends use […]

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Making a New Schedule

September 17, 2011

My daughter turns six months today. Seven, nine months or even a year ago, I would have told you that I thought writing with a little one would be do-able, if not easy. It wasn’t that long ago that my sons were in their babyhood and I remember long periods of boredom, nights of bouncing […]

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Tricking My Muse

July 14, 2011

I did it. Back in April, I gave my Muse the slip. I gave up on a project that I had been writing since January of 2010. I told myself that it was time to pack it up and start on something else. I did just that with my first wip, editing and rewriting on […]

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How much are your dreams worth?

June 1, 2011

I asked myself this recently and I admit, I was completely surprised by my answer. Apparently, my dream to become a published author is worth a substantial amount of money. Money that my family could spend on home  improvements or a family vacation or even on my hobby of photography. Instead I placed a serious […]

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Home

May 18, 2011

Home. It’s where the heart is, right? It’s also where my worries are, where my inner demons rear their ugly head. You see, I have three children, a house that needs to be cleaned, and a writer’s needs. I struggle daily with the balancing act of motherhood and writing. I fail at it, too. Nearly […]

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When is it time to give up?

April 26, 2011

Today I’m making a decision. Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Something that could make a big impact on my writing life. I’m giving up. That’s right…I’m letting go. It’s way past time. I’ve read countless books on writing. I’ve read the blogs and spoken with other writers. And I’ve heard it […]

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Goals: Everyone else is doing it

January 10, 2011

So it’s a new year and everyone seems to be in the same mindset. This year is the year we get organized, write that novel, get a new job, stay in touch with friends or family, lose weight, and get healthy. This is our year. Last year is over and “Thank goodness, no one wants […]

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Goals: Everyone Else is Doing It

January 5, 2011

So it’s a new year and everyone seems to be in the same mindset. This year is the year we get organized, write that novel, get a new job, stay in touch with friends or family, lose weight, and get healthy. This is our year. Last year is over and “Thank goodness, no one wants […]

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Not Missing Out on NaNoWriMo

December 1, 2010

Last year I embarked on a huge life change. I began to write fiction and it all began on November 1, with the start of National Novel Writing Month. It was an incredible few weeks. I discovered that writing romance infused me with a sense of purpose. I felt recharged and confident in myself. In […]

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