Run dragon

The dragon flapped its heavy wings on top of the tower. Everything – leaves, bushes, flowers – bent down to its power. It let out a hurtling cry, alerting everyone in the country of its presence. I crouched behind a tree, making sure my ear muffs stayed on tight. I didn’t want to lose my … Continue reading Run dragon

A writer’s inner fight

There are deadlines for my deadlines Should I set another one? Print the page out and mark it up Is one word the difference between Acceptance and rejection? A house or a home? A school or a dictatorship? What's the difference between Ninety-nine words and a hundred? Should I edit this another day? The deadline … Continue reading A writer’s inner fight

Bad book reviews

I've noticed recently that I haven't reviewed a book that I don't like on this blog before. I have a few reasons for avoiding that. I'm afraid of being too negative. I don't want to trash a work of art that I know the writer spent years on. I don't want to act as if … Continue reading Bad book reviews

Writing origins

Sometimes it's good to look back at where you came from. For me, I was a small girl in Dallas. I tried writing a novel about puppies with super powers in a Captain Jack Sparrow journal. I handwrote many chapters that took up about half the journal before I stopped. I had a colored in map … Continue reading Writing origins

Ideas for the worst?

Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if it isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always positive. … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?

Writing every day

Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to get better? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to improve. It didn't matter what was on … Continue reading Writing every day

Creativity is a fire

During my sophomore year, my writing professor sat at a cheap table in our new classroom. Since it was the first day of class, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since everyone sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out an earbud to listen in … Continue reading Creativity is a fire

A writer’s journey (part three) – time management

Time had never been my friend. We hit it off a few times and got everything done, but that was rare. Most of the time, we fought and we fought hard. Every time Time knew I had something to do, it made sure the hours ticked by faster than normal. In high school, Time made … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part three) – time management

Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.” Title: The Only Pirate at the Party Author: Lindsey Stirling Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 254 Publication date: January 12th, 2016 Publisher: Gallery Books As I flip through the pages of The Only Pirate at the Party, I’m reminded … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

A writer’s journey (part one) – research

I can't remember the pivotal moment in my writing career anymore. But something changed in me between high school and college. In high school, I wrote because I had so many stories inside of me. I cared less about who read them. I kept my manuscripts - all three of them - behind closed doors. … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part one) – research