Finding Ease When Things Get Difficult

Yet, again, I find myself taking a lesson from my yoga mat and applying it to the real world. In yoga, we refer to Sthira/Sukha. How strength and softness can exist simultaneously. You can feel both the hardness of a pose and you can melt into it's difficulty with breath. With softness. With ease. And,... Continue Reading →

How to Choose What to do First?

I've entered a world I know nothing about. It completely brings to life what I learned in yoga teacher training not too long ago. There is so much I don't know. And, although on some days that makes me want to throw my hands up and give up. On most days, I remember that I... Continue Reading →

Every Little Bit Counts

Regardless of how much or how little is accomplished, I do something, anything, every day which gets me one step closer to my goal. The list is long and it is absolutely a labor of love...of passion for writing and working on getting my work out into the world. I could spend entire days after... Continue Reading →

Calling Myself a Writer

I abandoned this blog for quite some time. I am a mother of two school-aged children, a wife, a high school teacher, and a woman on a journey of growth. Amidst the many areas which demand my time, I spent any free minute I could find to finish my first historical romance - Capturing a... Continue Reading →

Snail’s Pace #AmWriting #Publishing

Becoming a writer has been a life-long dream. And, the thing is, I am a writer. An unpublished writer. Ugh. I've blogged here and at Bookmarks. I've written short stories and a children's novel. More recently, I followed my heart and wrote what I love: a romance novel. A Regency to be exact. I have... Continue Reading →

Avoiding Head Hopping – #Writing #Editing

I I thrive on knowing my characters deeply so I can better shape their story. Except, I end up writing the thoughts and reactions of almost all of my characters - simultaneously. This is a big NO, NO and is referred to as head hopping. Head hopping is when the narrative doesn't remain within one character's... Continue Reading →

The Art of Stillness #Writing

In a world full of distractions, each seductively pulling our attention away from the things that are important to us, it becomes tantamount to find the strength to keep focused on our goals and dreams. And, it is even more important to keep focused on the present moment. In the most purest of ways, it... Continue Reading →

Rejection

I receive a rejection letter which makes my heart sing. I have complete and utter faith in my novel. I am on a journey of learning about my craft unlike anything I have ever experienced. So when the rejection letter reads to take heart because my voice shows potential, I am elated. I receive detailed editorial... Continue Reading →

How to Plot Your Romance Novel #amwriting

Every word counts.  I tend to skim and skip passages when I feel the plot of a novel is not moving.  So I try to put myself in my future reader's shoes (or, eyes) and make every effort to ensure the plot is not stagnant. My notes as an English teacher inspired me, as did... Continue Reading →

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