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A blog about the books I'm writing, the articles I've written, and writing advice I've found useful...

Friday, April 5, 2013

New Name!

As you can tell by the name change, I got married! My wonderful husband, Scott Elliott, and I were married on January 12, 2013. I do plan on writing, but not until after I finish my class to renew my teaching license. This should make me finish quickly! I miss my characters...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lemons and Lemonade

Well... a lot of bad stuff has happened since my last blog. I'll spare you the depressing details. Let's just say that my life resembles a country song -- and I'm NOT a big country music fan.

On the up side, all of this heartbreak has inspired some new twists to story lines. I've also had insight into a couple of characters that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise. Although, given the choice, I would prefer happiness in my life and continued ignorance on the lives of my characters. But, like my mom says, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."

So I'm gonna give 'em a big squeeze and continue to write!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Ode owed to Rebecca

Rebecca, I know I can never repay the debt owed to you, so here is an ode I created just for you!


Thank you for the countless hours you've spent fleshing out the story hidden beneath the rabble.
Thank you for your brutal honesty in the face of redundancy and cheesiness.
I've learned to love your yellow highlighter, red-ink pen, and green questions.
Yes, I still cringe when I see my manuscript in multicolored hues, but the end result shines all the clearer.


Happy Birthday to my favorite critique-rlistenerlets-me-steal-her-ideas-rgets-me-out-of-a-slump-rcheerleader, and friend!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Long Blog Absence

I haven't been on my blog in a long time. I've been writing like crazy and spending too much time on Facebook. Thankfully my children have kept me from becoming a Fb junkie. All of their different activities have kept Mom's taxi service busy most evenings. I've also joined LIVESTRONG.COM. and Agent Query database recently. I highly recommend both sites.

Livestrong is a site dedicated to healthy living. It's associated with Lance Armstrong -- one of my heroes. 'My Plate' is my favorite thing about that site. It tracks calories, but also nutrients and so much more. Very motivational!!

Agent Query database is self-explanatory. A great way to connect with other writers and hopefully agents!!

More later!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Facebook

I've finally given into peer pressure and joined Facebook. My entire family is on it -- that's how they communicate. I didn't know anything that was happening before. Now I'm in the know. As an added bonus, I see that a lot of my friends are also on there. If you're on there, friend me!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WriteOnCon

Writeoncon IS FINALLY HERE!!!

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

GET OVER THERE AND PARTICIPATE!!

SEE YOU AT writeoncon.com!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How This Whole Thing Started...

"Dream Weaver" is the book that started it all for me. In 2005 I toyed around with the idea of writing a book based on the recurring nightmares I used to have as a child and young adult. I did some research into dreams and various other subjects, but let it drop due to family concerns.

In March of 2009 I had a scene appear in my mind that was so vivid and intriguing; it was like watching a movie play in my mind. I gave my children the day off of school (I was homeschooling at the time), grabbed a notebook, and wrote like a woman possessed. I haven't stopped writing since. It was like a floodgate opened.

I thought I’d gone crazy – how else would you describe someone who ‘hears’ voices and ‘sees’ people who aren’t really there? Homeschooling for 2 ½ years had finally loosened my tenuous grip on reality. I had lost it.

My friend Rebecca was my sole link to sanity at this critical juncture. As an author herself, she told me I was not crazy, but creative! What a revelation! Rebecca is the only person who has read what I've written on Dream Weaver and she's close to threatening me with deadly force if I don't finish it soon. She's read all of my WIP's -- and she's still walking and talking among us, so beware! You have been warned.

Rebecca has been a combination professor, cheerleader, critic, best friend, confidant, and fellow inmate at the asylum we call life. I thank God for her every day.