IWSG Blog Hop: Creative Outlets

The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. December’s Question is: Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have? Other than writing, photography has been my most consistent creative outlet. I loved taking pictures even when all I had wasContinue reading “IWSG Blog Hop: Creative Outlets”

A Reflection on My Reaction to My First Negative Review

Note: As you read this post, you may notice I’m vague about the content of the review. You could probably go on Goodreads and figure out what I’m referring to, but I don’t want this to be seen as a response or rebuttal to the review. My goal is to capture my thought process asContinue reading “A Reflection on My Reaction to My First Negative Review”

IWSG: Five Objects in my Writing Space

The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. December’s Question is: December 5 question – What are five objects we’d find in your writing space? My writing space changes with the season. April through September, I wrote on my screened-in-porch, or,Continue reading “IWSG: Five Objects in my Writing Space”

Reflections on My First Two Book Events

This week, I attended my first two book-related events as an author: a book talk / signing at Jabberwocky Books and the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. For someone with lots of social anxiety, planning, committing too, and/or attending events is no small feat, but somehow, I managed to set up a launch event andContinue reading “Reflections on My First Two Book Events”

Publishing Paths: Roads go ever ever on (I hope).

I’ve missed a few months, but today, I realized it was  Insecure Writer’s Support Group Blog Hop Day before the day was over. The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. September’s Question is: What publishing path are you considering/did youContinue reading “Publishing Paths: Roads go ever ever on (I hope).”

Concussive Puppy Trouble

This is the longest I have gone without making a new post since I started this blog, and it might be a while before I get back to my regular posts, so I figured I’d hop on for a few minutes and let you all know what is going on. Late January was the startContinue reading “Concussive Puppy Trouble”

Replacing Textbooks With novels in First Year Writing

For the past five years, I’ve taught first year writing at community college and state universities. I assigned textbooks and/or trade books based on what other teachers used or what seemed like the kind of book college students should read. It didn’t work out so well. Now, I’m using books I get excited about. TheContinue reading “Replacing Textbooks With novels in First Year Writing”

The Puppy went to doggie day care for the first time. The staff at Let’s Go Canine shared this video. Even though Tavi is home now, I keep watching it over and over again. He was so excited about all the other dogs. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fletsgocaninelawrence%2Fvideos%2F508783776146047%2F&show_text=0&width=560 I could share more thoughts on dog daycare, but I haven’t figuredContinue reading

National Novel Writing Month: 2017

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the days are getting short, and it’s almost time to embark on an adventure: National Novel Writing Month. Last year, I wrote a romantic sci-fi thriller about a hacker and a small town boy on the run from some government contractors. After a fewContinue reading “National Novel Writing Month: 2017”