When the World Ends: Or, I Need a New Computer

The Death of My Dell (To skip to the “best laptops for writers” information, scroll to the end.) It was the 2015-2016 academic year. I was finishing my MFA program (no biggie), launching a platform, winning NaNoWriMo, writing my thesis, planning and organizing a remodel/addition project in the SF Bay Area (from Maryland), dealing with…

Fueling the Fires

When your work involves being creative, it can be hard to come up with new ideas day after day, hour after hour. To maintain a creative life, you need to feed your creativity. Visit new places, look at new works of art, eavesdrop on new conversations, read new books/articles/posts, try your hand at a new…

An Exercise in Perspective

One of the best things about being writers is that we get to play with reality. When we craft fiction, poetry, and even creative nonfiction, we can bend and twist the boundaries of our identity, the identities of our speakers and characters, and even the world around us. Of course, there are varying degrees of…

Looking for a literary agent?

I’m not currently looking for an agent, but merely thinking about the process makes me break out in a cold sweat. Finding a good match, writing a stellar query, knowing how to spot a fake… Never mind actually having a polished manuscript to submit! Fortunately, there are many great resources to help writers along. Websites galore, how-to…

NaNoWriMo: Creating a book cover

I was on the fence (again) this year about joining NaNoWriMo, but the idea of writing during the month of November with my amazing Platformed Challenged friends has convinced me. I’m in! Still… I worry. This year, November for me means not only all of the usual busyness of Thanksgiving, family, and work because in…

Want to visit Heaven (with a quick side trip to Hell)?

Fiction Review: Fall from Grace Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My review is very detailed, so if you want the bottom line scroll to the end of the post!  Heaven. Whether or not you are of the religious variety, the word “Heaven” is synonymous with a place…

The Writing Life: Lions and Tiger and Titles – Oh My!

If you’re anything like me, you start writing because a character (or an interesting situation) comes to visit your brain. And you write and write and write and begin to bring to life the story. You start to get excited about your wonderful writing so you share bits and pieces of the project with your…

March Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway Winner! Congratulations to the winner of my March Giveaway – James Stack! The Random Number Gods have shined their light upon him, and James will receive a Banned Books Mug from Out of Print! Didn’t win? Have no fear! April is just around the corner and it brings with it another fabulous giveaway! Be…

March Giveaway!

Read on to find out how you can win the awesome mug from Out of Print pictured on the left! Short on time? Scroll to the bottom for details. If you have a writer or book lover  in your life (or if you are the writer/bibliophile), you know it isn’t always easy to find a…

Time to Celebrate!

After participating in the October Platform Challenge hosted by Writer’s Digest and Robert Lee Brewer, I was fortunate to find an amazing list of writers with phenomenal blogs and websites. DMG Byrnes is one of those writers and she was the winner of the Platform Challenge, an honor which included a stack of wonderful writing…

February Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of my February Giveaway, writer S.K. Lamont!  S.K. will receive a new copy of Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling thriller, Child 44 as well as a DVD copy of the movie, which was released in 2015. Way to go, S.K.! Didn’t win? Don’t worry – March’s Giveaway is just around the corner!

February Giveaway Ends Friday!

Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! Ends this Friday, 2/12. In honor of Leap Year, I’m giving away a book (and its DVD partner) that make the leap from novel to screen. Details can by found on the original blog post (click here) or by visiting my Facebook page and using the Giveaway tab (click here). It…