How Hiatus Helps and Hurts

It’s been a month since I clicked “publish” here. As I mentioned before the break, I felt in my heart that a hiatus was necessary. In these weeks, I’ve traveled to Florida to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday, took a trip to small town Alabama to visit my parents and their new chickens, and movedContinue reading “How Hiatus Helps and Hurts”

Book Review: Emerald Isle

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to a fellow author and friend of mine, Andrew Budek-Schmeisser. Andrew and I first connected on the Books and Such Literary Agency blog. His insightful, intelligent, and often witty comments have taught me a lot about writing and life. He also regularly comments on this blog, forContinue reading “Book Review: Emerald Isle”

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection

During the last several months I have been in contact with a literary agent whom expressed interest in my first novel after meeting at a conference. I like to compare these months since to a season of courting. Our first date was at the conference, second date was sending a full book proposal, third dateContinue reading “It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection”

The Writer’s Plight: A Little Perspective

I’ve been having myself a little pity party this week. With a word goal of 10,000 by Sunday (it’s Thursday and I’m not quite half way there), there have been many challenges. A husband who’s busy opening a new show at the theater and not around to help much. A busy week at my full-time dayContinue reading “The Writer’s Plight: A Little Perspective”

When There Aren’t Words…

Words should come easy to me. I’m a writer. But this week, I’m saving all my words for a big writing session needed for my manuscript. So, if you’ll be so gracious as to give me a “pass” this week, I’d sure appreciate it. Instead, I’m borrowing some encouraging, funny, and inspirational words of others…IContinue reading “When There Aren’t Words…”

Book Writing: It Takes a Village

Hello, lovely people. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far. Something just happened this morning that sparked the idea for this post. A co-worker and friend brought me a homemade frozen lasagna. This kind words accompanied his gesture: “For a night you need a little extra writing time.”

Inspiration: Pretty Things

I’m in a season of collecting. Often, when writing words down on paper (screen) is easier said than done, I turn to swooping up bundles of inspiration in my wide open arms. I’ve been noting interesting people…oh, I bet she’s got an interesting story. I’m categorizing the changing landscape of spring, pinning images of the BlueContinue reading “Inspiration: Pretty Things”

Don’t Stop: Just Keep Writing

Have I mentioned that my day-job is Director of Communications for a large church in downtown Fort Worth, Texas?  I’ve been in church communications for over a decade, and I love it. This week is Holy Week — the last week of Lent leading to Easter Sunday. Our church has 15 worship services between PalmContinue reading “Don’t Stop: Just Keep Writing”