When will you have succeeded? If you close your eyes and envision your life, what is it that you see yourself doing or being that shows you that you've met your goal? That you've achieved your dream? Be honest. Be concrete. Be specific. Then figure out what it takes to get there. I have … Continue reading What’s Your Definition of Success?
It surprises people sometimes to hear that I'm not diving instantly into writing the sequel to Salvaged. I've outlined Quarantined, I know what happens, but I haven't written more than a few scribbled notes on it. Why not write the sequel? Salvaged has had a few nibbles. It may be the book that gets me an agent. It … Continue reading On Writing Sequels
At work the other day, I left my desk to get a cup of tea. It was an ordinary cup of tea on and ordinary day. I sometimes like to sip a cup after lunch to stave off that energy slump. It was 12:56 PM EST, and I had four minutes before I had to … Continue reading The Novel Vortex
The topic for this post came about after talking with some of my writer friends about the work we do after-hours. Many of us are in the same boat, we work all day, then we come home and write. It also came about because we're goal-setting at the office for 2013, and I'm not sure … Continue reading It’s a Second Job, Not a Hobby
I've gone on adventures. As a girl, I would wander into the woods for hours. I'd deliberately leave the trail and confuse myself, testing my sense of direction and wondering how long it would take to get home. I'd ride my horse into the state park and not worry about lunch (that may be where … Continue reading Embarking on an Adventure