I started querying this book almost exactly 1 year ago in June 2020. I got my agent in February 2021 and now on June 15, 2021 I have a deal with an honest-to-God publisher. Crooked Lane is a smaller publisher, but it specializes in mysteries, which is exactly the kind of publisher I want. And, … Continue reading I Have a Book Deal!
I'm in the middle of drafting my second book. I've been working on it since June, when I finished the edits on my first book and started sending it to agents in the hopes that one of them would love it as much as I do and want to help me sell it for big … Continue reading The Coffee Shop I Used to Know
Thanksgiving is almost here. While we are doing well--mostly because we've been 90% isolated since March--I recognize there are people in our country and our world that are not doing okay. So, here's a toast of gratitude to all those who are not okay during this pandemic. Shout out to the extroverts. I see you … Continue reading Thanksgiving in a Pandemic
There is this thing that exists in writer circles called NaNoWriMo. This stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November, with people getting ready in October. There is a whole organization you can find at https://nanowrimo.org/ that will support and encourage you during the month. This quote is at the top of their … Continue reading November is National Novel Writing Month
A new term has entered my vocabulary. I wanted to share it with you because it opened my eyes to a compulsive behavior that was sucking my life away.Doomscrolling.Have you ever caught yourself mindlessly flipping through Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or any of these social media sharing apps that populate our phones? Then you … Continue reading Doomscrolling
I have, after almost a year of writing, finished the first draft of my first fiction novel. Time to pop the champagne and have a celebratory dinner out. But I'm not as thrilled as you would think. Sure, I am happy. And I'm proud of myself. This took a lot of my time and effort … Continue reading The Book It’s Meant to Be – Thoughts on my First Draft
I have a new article up at AFineParent.com. This one is all about how raising your kids to be competent adults by giving them responsibility now. Not only is this article full of great research, but it give you a little view into my family life. Here I am. Folding laundry. The ball and … Continue reading 4 Life Skills That Will Teach Kids How to Shoulder Responsibility
I have about a hundred resolutions for the New Year zinging about my brain right now. Some are true, life-changing, capital-r, Resolutions and some are more in the realm of Goals for the Year. To me it's all the same. Plus this is a list of stuff literally pinging around in my head. A list … Continue reading Resolutions for 2018
It's a new era here in the US of A. We have a new president. One like we've never had before. One who comes from immense privilege and who reached the White House by speaking to people's deepest fears and their most gruesome pain and promising to make it better by making others suffer instead. … Continue reading And so it Begins….
So remember the Kick-Ass Woman Award that I am nominated for? Well, the poll software messed up and the votes didn't get tallied correctly. Please go and vote again! Click on this link! Scroll to the bottom and you can see a new poll there. Please vote! I would love to actually win! 🙂 Kick-Ass … Continue reading Kick Ass Woman Award – Re-Vote Please