“That”

If there is one word that is used way to often in writing, it is the word "that". Years ago I read an article explaining why we shouldn't use the word "that" more than occasionally in any writing project. Why? Because it is usually and unnecessary word. So, I started looking for the word every … Continue reading “That”

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Last Read-Through is Complete

It's important for me to do a last read-through of a manuscript before I am done with the editing process. Why? Doing this step helps me to catch certain things before I publish, at least for the most part. Part of my theme word for the year has to do with focusing on the details, … Continue reading Last Read-Through is Complete

Are You a Fan of Mad Libs?

I am! When the kids were growing up, we used to play Mad Libs to help reinforce their grammar lessons. I homeschooled the girls, and tried to find fun ways to teach things when I could. My nephews used to do them with us, and whoever was there for daycare. The stories were usually quite … Continue reading Are You a Fan of Mad Libs?

Publishing a Story Later this Month

I published many stories last year, and I learned a lot from doing so. While still not perfect, my book cover and graphic design skills have gotten better. I know more about self-promotion. And, I realized just how much time and patience it takes to go through the process of editing, publishing, and promoting a … Continue reading Publishing a Story Later this Month

Story Planning: Maps & House Plans

When writing a series of stories, there are things I need to be able to keep straight. For me, there is no better way to keep house set-ups and locations straight then with maps and house plans. Grant it, my maps and house plans are messy and are not works of spacial genius. But they … Continue reading Story Planning: Maps & House Plans

Rascal: Part 1 of The Camp Series (Tales from the Mountain)

“Have you heard about the Boogie Man?” “No,” we all said at once. “Tell us about him.” The Mountain itself is truly a majestic place. The beauty of the fields and the woods is astounding. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, especially when viewed from the top of the mountain. And winter, though leaving people … Continue reading Rascal: Part 1 of The Camp Series (Tales from the Mountain)

Setting Up to Sell on Other Venue’s

It's already been a busy month, and there's so much more to do if I want to meet my goals by the end of the year. I'm excited to see how things work out. I've imposed some deadlines, and started some new projects. Three such projects are to get set up to sell my fiction … Continue reading Setting Up to Sell on Other Venue’s

The Books I Read Over and Over

If you're anything like me, you spent some memorable moments with your loved ones over the past couple of months. I gave my grandson a gift card to The Briar Patch, and bookstore in downtown Bangor, for Christmas, becuase he shares my love for books. He can go pick out his own. I'm hoping his … Continue reading The Books I Read Over and Over

Word of the Year: Focus

FOCUS noun  1. a center of activity, attraction, or attention 2. a point of concentration verb  to bring into focus to concentrate attention or effort ***** I think I've said on this blog, at some point, that I might have adult ADD. I don't really know that, but I have such a hard time concentrating … Continue reading Word of the Year: Focus

I Accomplished More in 2018

I already updated you on my progress with the 2018 goals I set, and how I did with my theme word for the year. It's worth mentioning that I accomplished more with my writing than what's in those posts. I wrote three novellas this year, and I am note-taking for a fourth. These stories are … Continue reading I Accomplished More in 2018

Revisiting My 2018 Theme Word

Each year I come up with a new theme word. For 2018, that word was Believe. I needed to believe in my ability to progress with my writing in a way that made me feel successful. I'm not talking money here, though that would be a plus. I'm talking about getting things done. "I believe … Continue reading Revisiting My 2018 Theme Word

2018 Goals Progress

Wow. It's been such a busy year! Especially where my writing is concerned. You have no idea how much I get done while at Aroma Joe's. I've written entire novellas there, and organized planners, and even held meetings with myself about how I'm doing with my goals. I'm blessed to have had the time to … Continue reading 2018 Goals Progress

Published! Dragged Off (Cemetery Hill Series Part 4) (Tales from the Mountain)

Posting to let you know that Dragged Off, part 3 of the #CemeteryHillSeries, and sub-series in the Tales from the Mountain series, is available for purchase on Amazon.com. I've met my fiction publishing goals for 2018. 🙂 Yay! This is the last story I'm publishing in 2018. NOTE: There is another story in the Cemetery … Continue reading Published! Dragged Off (Cemetery Hill Series Part 4) (Tales from the Mountain)

Completed a First Draft & Publishing News & What’s Next

The first draft of the third Stalker Story is finished, though I'm still trying to figure out what would make a good title for this one. I also published the third story in the Cemetery Hill Series - The Visitors. I do have a fourth Stalker Story I am going to write, but I'm not … Continue reading Completed a First Draft & Publishing News & What’s Next

Doing Less at the Holidays

Hello! I just wanted to let everyone know that I won't be doing as much with the writing during November and December. At least, not as much of the stuff you see. I will be publishing one last ebook, in November (if this has not already been done yet - you never know with me). … Continue reading Doing Less at the Holidays

Published! The Visitors (Cemetery Hill Series Part 3) (Tales from the Mountain)

Just wanted to let you know that The Visitors, part 3 of the #CemeteryHillSeries, and sub-series in the Tales from the Mountain series, is available for purchase on Amazon.com. That leaves just one more story to publish this year for me to meet my fiction publishing goals. 🙂 In this third story of the #CemeteryHillSeries, … Continue reading Published! The Visitors (Cemetery Hill Series Part 3) (Tales from the Mountain)

So Close to Meeting My Publishing Goals!

So, way back at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 I planned out my goals for this year. I had a definite goal of publishing 11 short stories this year, in an effort to build up my Amazon.com library. I'm almost there! Early next week I'll be publishing The Visitors (Cemetery Hill Series … Continue reading So Close to Meeting My Publishing Goals!

Published! A Child is Taken (Cemetery Hill Series Part 2) (Tales from the Mountain)

In case you haven't noticed, A Child is Taken, part two of the #cemeteryhillseries, and Tales from the Mountain story, has been published and is ready for purchase on Amazon. If you still haven't read part one, The Beginning, I'd do that first. When sweet little Louisa is taken from Cemetery Hill Township, even the … Continue reading Published! A Child is Taken (Cemetery Hill Series Part 2) (Tales from the Mountain)

I am on Mix.com, Previously StumbleUpon

I've been sharing networks I'm on with you; inviting you to join me on whatever networks we have in common. If I noticed someone new is a reader from this site or the Facebook page, I generally follow back. Now that StumbleUpon is gone, I've switched over to Mix.com, where I'll be sharing the things … Continue reading I am on Mix.com, Previously StumbleUpon

Busy, Busy, Busy

I've had a lot to do the last couple of weeks, what with publishing The Beginning. I've been promoting this new story, as well as the others I published over the last few months, and am close to being caught up. That damn humidity made me so sick I couldn't concentrate on much. I'm slowly … Continue reading Busy, Busy, Busy

Published! The Beginning (Cemetery Hill Series Part 1) (Tales from the Mountain)

Just wanted to be sure you know that The Beginning, part one of the #cemeteryhillseries, and Tales from the Mountain story, has been published and is ready for purchase. You can get it for $3.99 on Amazon. The Cemetery Hill Series is part of Tales from the Mountain. In part 1, The Beginning, we are … Continue reading Published! The Beginning (Cemetery Hill Series Part 1) (Tales from the Mountain)

I Finished the Novella!

I recently finished writing the second novella of the year; one for the Stalker Series. I had taken breaks from it here and there to publish my stories and do the promotional stuff for them, but it is now complete 🙂 I also have a few notes in my folder for a third book in … Continue reading I Finished the Novella!