When I write first person, I (and I'd wager most authors) think it allows the fantastic opportunity for the reader to insert themselves into the story. Unless you define that gender or that physical representation in some definitive way, the character is whatever the reader says it is! Or, at least, that's what I thought … Continue reading Whose Gender is it Anyway?
Back in June I took my 11-year-old on a tour to China, through China Spree tours. This is our story. Our 16 hour flight landed at 6am. After a shifty, dull, restless flight, we were ready to be alive again by the time we touched down in Beijing. The first thing I noted was how … Continue reading Our Excursion to China
Ok, so I'm looking at my last blog post (2 months ago!!) and thinking - oh my god, I'm so off my game. I've been over-busy and while I've cut a few responsibilities out, just recently, the honest truth is that I'll be over-booking myself again soon. I always do- I kind of get excited about stuff and get involved. And when … Continue reading Where’d My Summer Go?
Today in my Kick Start This blog series, I'm giving you a very concise to-do list. It's time consuming, but well worth it. Determine your platform (see previous post on platforms to help out) Determine your need Why are you crowdfunding (see previous post on why crowdfunding)? What do you need financially (this will take … Continue reading The To-Do of Crowdfunding
Success is not spontaneous. In today's Kick Start This! post we're going to talk about the most important aspect of crowdfunding - planning. You may be rolling your eyes and thinking "next!" when you're reading this - I mean, everyone knows I'm a planning NUT, riiiight? - well, the short answer to the question "Do I … Continue reading It’s All In The Planning
I'm sitting here, watching my daughter audition for an arts-focused middle school and feeling grateful. Grateful for the day job that I love and - unlike many nurses - not only pays the bills but affords me the time off to be here at these auditions. Grateful for every teacher and artist who inspired and encouraged me along the … Continue reading A Moment for Gratitude
All this week (September 21-27th, 2015) the Stan Lee Foundation will be spotlighting me on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the lovely people from the Stan Lee Foundation at Comicpalooza this year and we got to chatting about art and working with kids - something both the … Continue reading In the Spotlight with The Stan Lee Foundation
Ok, maybe a lot of judgement but only in a good way, I promise! Recently I had the pleasure of judging websites for the West Houston chapter of RWA's Romancing the URL contest. It was really cool. I got to check out all these awesome author's sites and really dig in. I got to be … Continue reading No Judgement Here
Are we writing stories that we love or writing stories that will sell? This question has come up a lot for me recently. First in the offer to submit a sample of my writing voice for the opportunity to essentially write novels some else devises. In the end, I chose not to participate. The second … Continue reading Purposefully Crafting…Your Writing Career
I'm a tomboy. We were homeschooled and lived on a large farm so - like it or not - I grew up playing guns & GI Joe's as much as my brother grew up playing Barbies. I dig Star Trek, X-Men, action figures, and action flicks. Heck, even the romance novels I'll willingly read have … Continue reading Genderization