October Goals (2019 Edition)

Happy October 1st everyone!
 I’ve realized that it’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this and I to let you in on some things I hope to accomplish this month.
 So, last month I finished up character development for my WIP (work-in-progress), Harbinger. I felt I knew these characters well after spending three years with them, but there were still secrets uncovered. A few of them fought me tooth and nail and it was a week before they gave in, but I feel so much better about them now. This month I would go into location development where I would flesh-out the locations in this book, but I’ll be working on starting a new project.
Tear is the title of my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project that I’ll be working on in November. To prepare for this, I’m taking the entire month of October to workout the idea, doing some basic plotting and brainstorming so I can hit the keys running in November. I’m excited to work on this. I’ll continue to give more information on this pr…

Don't Waste Your Gift

I want to tell you something important. Life is hard and criticism is a dime-a-dozen. So why are you criticizing yourself and telling yourself you can’t do things?
  Two months ago, I had a conversation with a friend. I talked with her about my writing. As we talked,  my fear surfaced, rearing its monstrous head. I told her I wasn’t sure what I was doing with my life. I feel like I’m interested in so many things. She told me, “You write, don’t you? Don’t waste your gift.”   So I want to challenge and encourage you: don’t waste your gift.   Some write, some paint, some take care of children, some work with computers, some garden. The list is miles long.    There are things you love to do. Those passions that make your heart sing and dance. Do them and don’t hold back.   Your gifts are blessings to this world. Put it this way: if Albert Einstein or Vincent van Gogh were to never have been born, the world would be a different place. They were once just ordinary people like you…

Poetry 15th-September Edition

Hello everyone!
 I know it's been rather quiet on here of late, but I promise you, another post is on the way. I've been wrestling with words lately, (they're not behaving themselves), and so I'm almost done with the next post. In the meantime, it is:

 With Summer on the wane and Autumn on the way,  things are changing. The leaves are changing, hopefully the weather is getting cooler (not hotter), and I get to change things from Summer decor to Fall decor. Which leads me into this month's theme:

You can use this as a poetry prompt, a journal prompt or a jumpstart to kick you out of Writer's Block.  If you post your result in the comment section, please be mindful that this is a PG environment. (Please, no language or sexual content.)
Here's my result:

  If you liked the poem or just want to say hi, please let me know in the comment section below.
Happy writing!

Poetry 15th-August Edition


 Another month has rolled by and it's the fifteenth once again.

Just a reiteration of the rules here: every fifteenth of the month I will try to post a poem I've written recently. You can post your own in the comments section or just use the prompt to write your own off-screen. If nothing else, I hope that this will fight any bouts of Writer's Block you might encounter.
This month's prompt is:

Please be mindful that this is a PG environment. If you place one of your poems in the comment section, no language or sexual content. 
Here is mine:

Now go write and have fun!
If you liked the poem or just want to leave a comment, please let me know in the comment section below. 

What "Going Back to School" Meant for Me

"Did we get any mail today? Are the books here yet?"
 Not your typical back-to-school questions, am I correct? Yet these were mine as a child.
 School was great fun for me. It meant lots of books, researching bygone eras until I daydreamed of Romans and Carthaginians, lots and lots of math, and English. Most of all, it meant books.
 I can remember when the UPS man came to the door with large brown boxes stuffed with books. I could scarcely wait until my mom dragged them to her room and unboxed them.
 Once she cut the tape, my hands were in the boxes first, picking up every book, studying the back covers and flipping through the pages. My mom explained to me that these would be part of my literature program that year.  I couldn't believe it. Could I read them all now?
 It disappointed me when she said I had to wait until school started. She further explained that I couldn't read them all at once and I had to answer questions as I read.
 This would dampen most childre…

Program Review: The Novel Factory

The Novel Factory is a writing software that takes your story from "Brainstorming 1.0" to completion. Granted, I haven't got that far personally, but I'm confident that with this program, I'll be able to finish up my novel. 

Here are a few things that I love about The Novel Factory.
1. The Roadmap

The Roadmap is a step-by-step guide that takes your ideas from conception to final draft and beyond. If you're a plantser like me and the thought of plotting has always intrigued you, but putting it into motion has paralyzed you, you might want to give this a try. I'm a visual learner who learns by example.
 I've tried Scrivener, but the learning curve is steep and the layout did not appeal to me. *Disclaimer: I am not bashing Scrivener and saying you shouldn't check it out. By all means, do. Just know that The Novel Factory also exists and check it out too!
 With the Roadmap, The Novel Factory makes plotting a breeze. Each section is listed. Simply clic…

Poetry 15th

Hello again!

 It is the fifteenth of July and as promised, I'm starting up Poetry 15th.

 On the fifteenth of every month, I will try to post a poem I've written recently, and you are welcome to post your own in the comments. I will try to post a prompt as well.

                                        Today's prompt is:

So, here are the rules: every month, I'll post a graphic advertising the prompt to be answered by the end of the month. You can post your own in the comment section and as long as they're appropriate (think no more than PG rated. Please, no language or sexual content.), I'll approve them. Also, no pressure to post anything, I just thought this would be a fun exercise of our imaginations and if you're experiencing a bout of "Writer's Block", this might help unlock it.
Here is mine:

Now, go write and have fun!
I'll be popping in later this month with the review that I promised and possibly another update. If you liked the poem…