Agent Representation

I’m so excited to announce that I’m represented by James McGowan of the Bookends Literary Agency.
Bookends Literary AgencyBeing represented by James McGowan and Bookends Literary Agency is a dream come true! I can’t say enough wonderful things about the amazing folks at Bookends. They’re a fabulous partner on this writing and publishing journey, and I would be lost without them. Check out their website, follow them on Twitter, or check out their YouTube channel for helpful and fun advice.

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Resting Puggle Face

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I’m writing!

Okay, to be fair, that’s not really “news.” That’s more of a constant state. Even when I’m commuting or sleeping or walking the puggle, at least 49% of my brain is writing. Wait, did someone mention a puggle? Good thing my little writing buddy has her own Instagram page for constant updates of puggle adorableness.

 

 

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Free Time is Overrated

About a month ago, I was inspired to write a new trilogy after a fabulous day spent in a quaint town right out of a cozy mystery novel on an exhausting pilgrimage to attend a favorite author’s Q&A and book signing with some amazing friends.

I’ve been slowly scribbling notes (I use color coded note cards, longhand btw – it’s great for outlining and capturing scenes or characters or important plot points) ever since then, but I’ve been trying to keep it on the back burner because hours in the day, yadda yadda yadda.

Yesterday, I had a huge breakthrough. I now know the name of my adorable fictional town, and the name of the series – which of course ended up adding colorful piles of new note cards to the stack.

I *cannot* afford to start a new project right now – but when I dreamed about the town last night I realized I’m just going to have to make time.

Sleep is for the faint of heart!

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I can’t do a cartwheel

When we are kids, we sould see something and think “I can do that!” It didn’t matter if it was cartwheels or going to the moon or even flying. Nothing was out of our reach. Nothing was impossible.

Once we grow up, it’s like a switch gets thrown. It’s easier to come up with excuses to not try things rather than try and fail. It’s easier to take the safe road than to make a fool of yourself or do something that might hurt later. It’s easier to dream small than admit we’re scared, or to take a chance and realize we can’t do a cartwheel, we might never go to the moon, and if we tried to fly, we just might look like an idiot.

That’s no way to live. It’s ok to be scared, but it’s not ok to let the fear of failure stop us from trying something that just might be spectacular.

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A new lease on life

I’ve been so obsessed with the same idea for so long that I’ve had a hard time understanding why no one believes in it as much as I do. Maybe it’s just not good enough or fresh enough or maybe I’m not trying hard enough.

Or maybe…. just maybe…. I’ve been on the wrong track for the past few years.

I’m stubborn to a fault. Set in my ways. But even I can learn, and grown, and change – so why can’t my characters? I’ve been looking for a fresh spin, and tonight, I think I’ve found it. It will take a whole lot of hard work and more than just a major edit or even a re-write. We’re talking a full on overhaul. These are characters and plot lines that I love and believe in, and while I could just rip them up and start all over, I think that I can breathe new life into them and maybe, if I’m very lucky, the whole world will someday love them as much as I do.

 

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Why do I write?

Why do I write? Because in real life, actions have consequences. In fiction, actions still have consequences, but someone else gets to pay them.

In a lot of ways, writing is like identity theft. You get to pretend to be someone else for a while, and they end up picking up the tab.

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Silence

I have been too quiet lately. I’ve had too much on my plate at work and have been in school full time. It seems like I’ve been sleeping less and less, but still never have enough time. All of the little things that have to get done just aren’t getting done – the laundry is piling and up you don’t even want to ask about the dishes. So, I haven’t had time to write or edit and all of these stories are just piling up in my brain and I have no stress outlet. Bad combination.

So new personal rule – I have to manage to find a way to get more writing time. Instead of finally finishing school and work and wanting to crash out in front of the TV, I need to write. Instead of eyes glazing over as I randomly search the web, I need to write. And that rare night that I put my foot down and say “I’m taking the night off from schoolwork!” is the perfect time to buckle down and write instead of watching a bad movie on TV.

I can’t keep neglecting writing and expect it to not neglect me.

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