What Are You Wearing?

In my novel Circus in a Shot Glass (to be released later this year from Clean Reads), the protagonist (Scotch) loves ’50s style clothing.

The dress on the left (yes, I realize the proportions are totally off) is based on one of Rosemary Clooney’s dresses in the film White Christmas. It’s black, has a sweetheart neckline with off-the-shoulder straps, and a mermaid hemline. My character Scotch wears the dress at point during the novel–a rather quirky scene, imo.

The second dress is one I’d imagine Scotch wearing around The Antique Boutique, the shop where she works and lives in. It would be a deep green, complementing her auburn hair nicely 😉

Like Scotch, the 1950s is my favorite period for women’s clothing. It’s fun, bringing a piece of myself into what I put on paper.


What about you? What’s your favorite period for fashion?

Keep your pen on the page,



Happy New Year!

Here are my goals for 2018:

  • Survive edits of Circus in a Shot Glass
  • Finish revisions of “the goblets novel”
  • Finish draft one of Death’s Keyhole (working title)
  • Survive book signing at library
  • Sell books at local craft store

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful 2018, full of hope and joy and (hopefully) writing!

Keep your pen on the page,

Christmas Gifts — The Writerly List

Here are a few gift ideas for writers that I found. I haven’t been paid or asked to endorse these, and haven’t tried them all. Just a heads up 😉


Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass

Stephen King’s On Writing



A bookish candle of the month club subscription from Frostbeard Studio

A quill and ink set

This clock (I hate clocks that tick, but this one is cute, I must admit)

OR this clock

A “go away; I’m writing” sign

A cool journal



These handmade typewriter earrings

A cool necklace

I Finished Draft One!

I have NEWS! I’ve finished draft one of my fantasy novel, TBA. This novel, when/if published a ways down the road, will be released under my pen name, S.M. Tinker. Yes, the initials stand for something. No, I’m not telling you.

A little about the project: It’s set in a quasi-Georgian England-esque land. Thought that would be a little different than the standard Medieval-esque setting.

My FMC (female main character) is a drudge on the run from her mistresses. I’d imagine her cleaning up and wearing something nicer than rags. Something akin to this:


And be sure that I’m doing loads of research before I head back into rewrites. One of my sources, which I highly recommend, is What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball. One of the staples in my novel will, of course, be pasties. Mm!


There are lots of areas to cover when making up a new world (that’s why I can’t wait for Amy Laurens‘ From the Ground Up, due out from Tyche Books this winter. (Ee! So excited for this resource.)

Well, enough of my rambling about this yet-to-be finished project. In a Pickle‘s print release looms in the near distance, as does the release of Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension. And I have edits to do for CIASG. Eek!

Here is some thing you can do to help me at the moment:

  • Lift me and writing up in prayers, specifically that I will meet all my deadlines and honor God with my writing

Thank you!

Keep your pen on the page,

IF = A Four-Letter Word

So, this blog post has almost zero to do with that ^ title. Haha. April fools!

No, I’m going to show you what it would look like if I had a live Patreon page. Ready?

My name is Beth, and today I was told I was brave for being a writer. The funny thing? I believe it.

I write novels, short stories, flash fictions, stage plays, and screenplays. I’m trying to take a traditional route–or, rather, a somewhat traditional route–with my writing. Someday I might self-publish, but not anytime soon, save for a page-a-day calendar I have in the works.

Here is a list of my top five novel projects, in order of priority:

1. The Warring Goblet (working title): Heroic fantasy, 50,000 words, minimum
2. Doomsday (working title): High fantasy, 50,000 – 90,000 words
3. Merlyn (working title): Urban fantasy, 50,000 – 90,000 words
4. The SAPIEN Complex: YA fantasy, 90,000 words
5. Murder in the Afternoon: Paranormal mystery, 75,000 words

The number of projects I have on back burners is over seventy-five, most of them a sub-genre of fantasy or mystery. My goal for 2016 is to finish The Warring Goblet, and to find an illustrator for my page-a-day calendar.

My writing stats from the year thus far:

Submissions: Eight
Rejections: Five
No responses: One
Acceptances: Zero
Words written: 20,000+
Pending responses: Fifteen or sixteen

Publication credits as of March, 2016:

In a Pickle, a middle grade book (2012, MuseItUp Publishing)
The Price of Secrets, a short story based on a scene from The Woman in White (2016, Zoetic Press)
Mirror Image, a short story (2010, The Literary Lab Presents Notes from Underground)
Cooking With Faust, a flash fiction (2010, Pill Hill Press’ Wretched Moments anthology)
Murder at the Orient Buffet, a flash fiction (Big Pulp)
A Fairy Tale Intervention, a flash fiction (AlienSkin)
The Laughing Nothing, a flash fiction (Poe Little Thing)
Dear P. Rinter, a flash fiction (Cool Stuff 4 Writers)
Hell on Ice, a flash fiction (Golden Visions)
Free Country, a flash fiction (The Cat’s Meow)
You Did This for Me, a flash fiction (A Things Girl)
Miss Overmyer, in the Computer Room, With the Keyboard, personal essay (Coffee Press Journal)

What is a patron? An angel. No, seriously, in theatre, that’s what you call the person/s who help/s fund a production. A patron for a writer could be called a God-send, in my book.

Actors are paid, even if in just comp tickets. Writers, however, do almost everything on spec, with a slim chance of breaking even.

Here are a few expense areas for writers:

– All the basics needed for a person to live on
– Internet for researching novels, agents, publishers, etc. (around $60, monthly–for my household, at least)
– Books on one’s craft
– Electricity to run a computer
– Paper and pens
– Writers conferences (have not the money to attend one, at the moment)
– Book Fairs
– Promotions (whether you hire a service or print out bookmarks advertising your work, for example)

and then there’s self-publishing expenses (if you go that route):

– Content editor
– Line editor
– Cover art
– Promotional services (optional)
– Jacket blurb (if you don’t do it yourself)

In pledging your support to me, you’ll be putting food in my muse’s mouth. Honestly, you’ll be helping meet my basic needs so I can focus on making new content.

From fantastical kidlit to everyday popular fiction, Beth knits together her prose in a small Ohio town. Her hobbies do not include cat-hating or traveling. She adores her cat “Bug,” and traveling will happen someday, but for now, the farthest Beth travels is the western parts of her brain during the cold, dark months of editing. In 2008, her screenplay The Method won best comedy in Gotham Screen’s contest, and her MG book In a Pickle (2012) is out from MuseItUp Publishing. Whatever the genre or age group, Beth is more than ecstatic to let her imagination take the wheel.


That’s just a rough draft, but I don’t think I’m going the Patreon route. I just thought I’d show you what I’m up to in a more…creative(?) way 🙂

Keep your pen on the page,

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,

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,