On My Blog

Writing…

140,000+ words in a novel = piece of cake

1,000 word blog post = hardest thing ever

This is where I’m attempting to share my writing journey and some of the things I’ve learned along the way, whilst learning to not be so doggone long-winded.

Not sure if I’m succeeding yet or not.

 

Goal Tracking with a Bullet Journal

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in A Writer's Life | 0 comments

Goal Tracking with a Bullet Journal

As I mentioned in my previous post, the main reason I started using a bullet journal was to help me reach some pretty important goals this year, and it has been with my goal tracking pages that I’ve had the greatest success so far. So I thought I’d share some of those pages with you. This is the first goal page I set up: Quilt blocks make awesome tracker designs.   It’s meant to be an overview of the different areas I want to work on this year. I love quilting and, after a bit of experimentation, discovered one of my...

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Adventures in Bullet Journaling

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in A Writer's Life | 0 comments

Adventures in Bullet Journaling

This year I decided I am going to hit some major goals. But in order to do that, I have to get myself organized. For the past month and a half I’ve been trying to do exactly that. Over the years I’ve tried various and sundry planning methods, with differing levels of success. What I finally figured out is that there is no pre-made system that works for me. So this year I decided to finally jump on the bullet journal (or bujo, as it is also known) bandwagon.   What exactly is a bullet journal? The best explanation can be found...

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Improving Your Story’s Setting with a Floor Plan

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in A Writer's Life, How to write, research | 0 comments

Improving Your Story’s Setting with a Floor Plan

Chances are, at some point in your story, your characters will spend some time in a building, and that means you need a map of that building, aka, a floor plan. Why Do I Need a Floor Plan? There are three main reasons why you should draw out your floor plans and not just keep them in your head: consistency, realism, and efficiency. 1. Consistency: don’t get lost in your own setting. Have you ever written something like this? “She woke up with the dawn’s light filling her bedroom” and then a few pages later: “From...

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Be Careful What You Wish For–Conclusion Now Posted

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Be Careful What You Wish For, Roots and Branches, Short Stories | 0 comments

Sunday, October 4   I wonder if he’ll make it this week, Josie thought wistfully as she walked toward the high front steps of the church. The part of her that wasn’t distracted with her thoughts noted several determined‑looking young men heading her direction from across Chambersburg Street, and she drew closer to her father’s side. “Is something wrong, a cailín?” he asked solicitously, waving the boys off with a fierce scowl. “You haven’t wanted to talk to any of them since we’ve returned.” Click here to read more. It's only fair to...

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Be Careful What You Wish For–Part 9 Now Posted

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in Be Careful What You Wish For, Roots and Branches, Short Stories | 0 comments

Josie awoke in her own bed. When did I go to bed? was her first, disjointed thought. She remembered nothing of doing so. In fact, she remembered very little beyond Tim kissing her. She blushed a little at the memory of her response to him, how completely content she had been there in his arms. Dr. Timothy Scott. She had to laugh a little at that. It seems I’ve come full circle, she thought to herself. She couldn’t deny that she once again found the man quite attractive, both physically and otherwise. The more I’ve worked with him and talked...

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Be Careful What You Wish For–Part 8 Now Posted

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Be Careful What You Wish For, Roots and Branches, Short Stories | 0 comments

It was nearly eight before Josie left Sam’s bedroom. She’d Leaned on her enough to keep her awake while she ate all of the breakfast Jeb brought up, but now her sister was curled up in her bed sound asleep. Wish I could do the same, Josie thought through a haze of exhaustion. Soon, she told herself. Look in on the others first. They had to have heard all the running around earlier. Make sure they’re taken care of and tell them not to worry. After that, go see if Tim needs anything, and then you can sleep. Click here to read more. It's only...

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Be Careful What You Wish For–Part 7 Now Posted

Posted by on Oct 21, 2017 in Be Careful What You Wish For, Roots and Branches, Short Stories | 0 comments

Thursday, September 3 Day 8   Tim spent the night sleepless at Ellis’s side, one hand monitoring his pulse constantly. By dawn he was noticeably worse, pulse feeble and skin of a livid cast. Can’t put it off any longer, Tim thought wearily. He tried to push from his mind the last time he’d performed such a surgery on a child, of fighting desperately to keep life in his patient, and failing. The boy had died there beneath his hands. Click here to read more. It's only fair to...

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Be Careful What You Wish For–Part 6 Now Posted

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Be Careful What You Wish For, Roots and Branches, Short Stories | 0 comments

It was a sign that the toxin was wearing down their little bodies when nobody wanted to play cards that afternoon. Instead, they all remained in bed while Josie read to them from the one book they’d sacrificed for the sickroom. Meanwhile, Tim snuck off again for Sandy’s room, this time for a much-needed appointment with a washtub. After what seemed like an eternity of reading, Josie lay Treasure Island aside. Ellis was asleep again already, for which Josie was thankful, as that seemed to indicate his condition hadn’t worsened. Sandy was...

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Be Careful What You Wish For–Part 5 Now Posted

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Be Careful What You Wish For, Roots and Branches, Short Stories | 0 comments

(From the previous installment) She thought about it for a moment, then gave a delicate little snort. “Actually, no. I never am. It’s probably the lack of sleep, making my tongue wag more than it ought. Hopefully I’ve not given you a disgust of me with all this soul bearing.” “Far from it,” he hastened to reassure her. “In fact, I like this Josie Black far more than the one you usually present to the world.” Her eyes met his for a brief moment. “Thank you,” she said simply. “I needed to hear that.” Click here to read more. It's only fair to...

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Be Careful What You Wish For–Part 4 Now Posted

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Be Careful What You Wish For, Roots and Branches, Short Stories | 0 comments

From the previous installment: “And what is most important?” he asked quietly. “Family, of course,” was the prompt answer. “But also friendships.” She looked up at him then, gray eyes watery and long lashes rather damp. “You’ve been a friend to me for, well, forever it seems, but I’ve treated you rather poorly of late. Will you forgive me for that as well?” This time he didn’t resist but took her hand and gave it a reassuring squeeze. “With all my heart.”   Click here to read more. It's only fair to...

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