My Beats

Right now (not at this very moment, because, well, I’m writing this blog post) I am writing a high fantasy novel and fighting the never-ending battle for the keyboard with The Cat (that is a war that is raging on as I type this.) For every battle, there must be strategy, strength, stealth, an appropriate playlist!

Doomsday Playlist

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: music makes the mood or breaks the mood. The most appropriate songs for my work-in-progress are:

  1. Medicate or Stimulate (yes, I realize it’s about drug use, but my main character is in a mental institution and believes he is hallucinating half the time because freaky things are happening.)
  2. Yellow Flicker Beat (appropriate in that he’s somewhat of an outcast at the beginning of the book. Doesn’t quite have his place yet.)

The LEAST appropriate songs for my WIP’s playlist are:

  1. Merry Happy (Hahahahahahahahha!)
  2. Kiss From a Rose (I’m keeping it because I’m a 90s girl at heart and love the song to pieces.)

And Space Oddity is in there because, come on, I need me some Bowie. Still sad 😦

Hope all’s well out there IRL.

Keep your pen on the page,


Be That Person

Do you have a cheerleader in your life? I don’t mean someone who puts on a tight uniform and shouts “Rah! Rah! Rah!” at sporting events. Nope.

The person I’m talking about asks you questions about yourself. Tells you that you can do it. Is excited for you. Sympathizes with you over “failures” and setbacks. Believes in you. I think everyone needs this person in their life. Me? I’m very fortunate. I have several:

Rob & Debbie C. (You know who you are!)

Victoria Vogel

Ruthie J.

Julene P.

Sharon S.

These women (plus Rob!) have really cheered me up and on as I pursue my dreams. Thanks, guys, for believing in me and for letting me know that you believe in me.

And to Cheryl Ashton, who believed in me as a writer first: Thank you.

All of this is great, but it leaves me wondering: Am *I* the cheerleader of someone’s life? Do I encourage them? Comfort them? Inspire them? I want to be. But I fear I’ve fallen short in this area.

I don’t view people as projects. I just don’t. But I’m inspired. I know a very talented young artist. I’m going to check in on her 🙂 Maybe that’ll give her the lift that all these people have given me.

Keep your pen on the page,

Progress Report

Not awe-inspiring, but here’s my word count for the weekdays:


And I’ve revised/edited 164 pages (some pages I went over up to three times.)

So, here’s where a few of the projects stand at:

CIASG: Almost ready for submission in March
Goblets novel: (Draft one) 24,803 words
Doomsday project: (Draft one): 6,486 words

I’m ready to send out my calendar project (the page-a-day one.) You wouldn’t believe how few publishers accept text-only calendar submissions.

I’m still doing the encouragement emails, but I’m afraid they might come off as condescending. I’m trying to give the advice/encouragement I’ve gleaned and wish someone would tell me. The point? It’s all going to be okay 🙂

Keep your pen on the page,

Life Without

I had a week, one dreadful week without…THE INTERNET. Oh, sure, I could go to the library. But that would mean remembering passwords and changing them when I failed to remember. So. Not. Worth. It. So I suffered in silence.

Well, mostly. I did get on Twitter (once at the library, another time at Panera) and complain.

Man, I am so spoiled. God has given me so much, and I take it for granted…until it’s taken away.

This past week, I was  forced to do things like write, and read paper books! OH MY! I read two books and got into a third one.

Sorry for the rambling email. I just wanted you to know that I have not, in fact, fallen off the face of the Earth. I’M BACK, BABY!

Keep your pen on the page,