All posts for the month July, 2014

Put Down the Mask

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about how everyone is insecure.  There are few exceptions.  Everyone puts up a front to hide the fact that they don’t like who they are, or what they’ve done, or the mess their lives are.  Either we hide our deepest flaws, or we glorify them […]

Flash Fiction: Scorpion Bride

I love writing prompts, because I never know what the muse is going to throw at me! This week I took part in the Speculative Faith 2014 Summer Writing Prompt Challenge.  My entry turned out to work decently as a piece of flash fiction (stories under 1,000 words).  The whole time I worked on it, I […]

Do Unto Others – Kids Included

I find I go through phases where I use a particular “mom” phrase regularly, multiple times a day.  Phrases like, “Because I said so,” or, “Where do we draw?  PAPER ONLY,” or “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” I find myself saying that last one a lot, because my older two […]

Simmer Starters – July 11, 2014

Many things have simmered in my mind this week – but boiling at high heat on the front burner is my novel, which consumes massive amounts of my mental energy every day!  This is fantastic for me; any time when I’m inspired to write is a good time for me.  I’m scrapping the current draft […]

Self-Publishing is for Failures, Said Ignorant Teenage Me

“Have you thought about self-publishing?” Years ago, I took that question as an insult. Self-publishing, I thought, was for wannabes who were arrogant enough to reject the professional judgment of the Great Guardians of Literary Quality and put their drivel out there anyway.  If my book was not worthy of traditional publishing, I thought, I […]