Mirror of Sparrows, update

Progress on Mirror of Sparrows has been slow, but the story is moving along: The outline is settled, up to the first plot point: this book is going to be on the long side. The first plot point was originally going to be the midpoint, but there is more story to tell. My main characters … Continue reading Mirror of Sparrows, update

Cruz and a Hobbit birthday party

My son, Cruz, asked if he could have a Hobbit themed birthday party. Of course, I love the idea, but where to even begin... ...at the beginning, I guess! So, here is why I like the beginning of the Hobbit so much: Bilbo is content. He lives in a beautiful Hobbit hole (but it's a hole … Continue reading Cruz and a Hobbit birthday party

The benefits of writer’s block: there really are none

Writer's block: an inability to think, combined with a deep sense of guilt, that no amount of caffein seems to be able to take away. But, I'm trying to look on the positive side: I'm learning patience, especially with myself. Challenges produce perseverance and character. Meanwhile, all I have to write is AHHHHHHHHH! No - … Continue reading The benefits of writer’s block: there really are none

On “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

I'm not going to write about The Hate U Give in terms of pros and cons: this book doesn't fit into standard categories and is way beyond a simple review. It took me a while to read The Hate U Give because it was so intense. Although I feel uncomfortable reading something with so much … Continue reading On “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff

If you are looking for a good mother's day gift, consider Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff. Love Lives Here is a sweet and encouraging read - sort of like a portable retreat. Throughout the crazy busy of the last few weeks, the book has helped keep me at least partially sane. What appealed to me: I love the … Continue reading Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff

Good writing, like a favorite pair of jeans

I think that a person's favorite kind writing is like a favorite pair of jeans. Everyone has a different style. Anyway, I've been trying to determine what I think makes for awesome writing so that I can mimic it. {BTW, do you have book recommendations? I'm especially looking for 3rd person POV. Probably YA. Probably fantasy. … Continue reading Good writing, like a favorite pair of jeans