Just a Writer

There are a lot of pieces to every one of us.  Sometimes, when I think about all the roles that we each fulfill, it’s a wonder how we ever manage to balance it all. For example, I am a woman, a wife, a daughter, a sister.  I am a friend and an acquaintance.  An employee, … Continue reading

Check In on Editing

The first thing that I learned about editing was that I really knew very little about the process of editing.  Even now, when people hear that I’m editing my first novel, they want to know what that means.  And the truth is that it probably means something a little different to each writer, but I’ll … Continue reading

I Promise Me

Today, my Dove chocolate reminded me to keep my promises to myself. Wow.  You know that feeling when you see an article, or hear a song on the radio, or open up a piece of chocolate and something says just exactly what you need to hear? I had been telling myself all morning that I … Continue reading

Thoughts from My Writing Journal

I forgot my writing journal today, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t put my thoughts on paper.  I’ll try to make a point to remember it next time. I sit in a Starbucks eating a rather tasty caprese panini that will likely be my Thursday dinner for the next few weeks, listening to the … Continue reading

Make the Time

This week, and next one, are very busy for me.  It’s been the end of the month (in case you hadn’t noticed) which means work is very busy, and the beginning of the month always is as well.  I’m going to Georgia/Florida this weekend for my first time (GO DAWGS!), my adorable little sister is … Continue reading

As Long As It Takes

I’m going to admit something to you today.  Something I’d appreciate if you never mention to my agent or editor (if, indeed, I should ever have one). I hate deadlines. Seriously.  I’m not one of those people who performs better under pressure.  I remember being seventeen and having a lying-on-the-floor, can’t-even-breathe-right-now kind of breakdown because … Continue reading

Down with Negative Voice

It seems that every time I sit down to write or edit, this voice in my head says, “What you’re working on isn’t good enough.” This week was no different.  I took Friday off from work, in part to relax and in part to work on my book.  I did both.  However, when I sat … Continue reading


I really can’t tell you how many times I’ve quit this.  Can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-started.  Sometimes I feel like that’s all I do.  Slog through the complicated and often treacherous morass that passes for my emotions, steel myself against uncertainty and fear, buckle down, commit wholeheartedly, finally stop dancing that avoidance … Continue reading

Time to Start… Again

Do you ever get the feeling that if you don’t start something on the first of the month, then you might as well just wait until next month because you have already screwed it up anyway? I do this.  It’s ridiculous.  There’s no reason that tomorrow is worse than today.  Well, except for the procrastination … Continue reading

The New Life of an Editor

Nearly a month ago, I finished the first draft of my first novel, and moved into the brand new (for me) world of editing. It’s been rather different than I expected it to be.  Isn’t it funny how things often work out that way? For one thing, for the first time in my life, reading … Continue reading