I Should Be Writing Wednesday

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” — Anne Lamott

It’s I Should Be Writing Wednesday, and guess what?? I’m not writing. Not officially, anyway. Officially I’m still on hiatus, but the light at the end of this tunnel is in sight and I’ve been warming up—slowly, mind you—letting my muse yawn and stretch from the long rest.

Right now I’m working on a short story. I’ve never written a short story, and it’s been interesting work setting up a full premise and story arc in such a small amount of word-space. Not sure if it will be any good (see above quote), but I’m enjoying the effort. It’s about a tween-age girl who loves to sketch, a sea captain aboard an Antarctic-bound ship, and a deep-space astronaut.IMG_9486

I’m also beginning to baby step my way back into the world of Shrilugh—we’re talking super tiny, itty-bitty baby steps, so don’t get too excited. I have an opening paragraph (I think…completely subject to change at this stage of the game):

Three things: A black velvet sky, vaulted high and studded with diamond stars flung far and wide. A friendly sea breeze, salty and brisk, laughing over water and sand. And a girl, appearing out of nowhere, falling from the sky like a lesser angel tossed from heaven.

Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll hate it tomorrow. 🙂

Also, yesterday I stumbled upon Orchos as he was reminiscing to Brig about falling in love with Opal. I hope I captured his charm. It might end up being cut from the final product, but it was good for my heart to see how those two found each other.

Writers—what projects are you working on? Tell me so I can cheer you on!

Readers—what projects are you wishing I (or whoever your favorite author is) was working on?

Finally, I leave you with this little nugget: “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” —Franz Kafka

…I wonder if my family can vouch for this? Ha!


Publishing Haitus

Life is a whirlwind of seasons. For years I’ve been in a season where I could find balance in my work and my life as a mom, but for a while now I’ve been struggling to keep it all together, to juggle everything without dropping something.

It’s not working anymore.

I need to step away from the intensive work of editing and publishing so I can focus more on my family–especially my youngest, who is at my knee right now asking for another cheese stick and would I mind very much pretty please to play Tinker Bell with her when I’m done with my computer?

How can I say no? I can’t.

So here’s what that means: when she’s in school full time I’ll return to a publishing schedule. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing rough drafts and stashing them away. Hopefully I’ll have a nice little cluster of some decent stories to start sending into the world then, beginning with the final installment of the Shrilugh Saga.

You’ll still be able to find me here, and on FB and Twitter and all those places. 🙂

Here’s to savoring the moment,


SECONDHAND BOOK REVIEW: The Afterlives of Trees

secondhandbookreview.jpgTITLE: The Afterlives of Trees

AUTHOR: Wyatt Townley

WHY I PICKED IT UP: I don’t read a lot of poetry. Truthfully, I don’t have the patience for it (#characterflaw). But if you’ve read my Shrilugh series, you know I have a fondness for trees, so the title caught my eye. Also, this is a local (a Kansas native) author, which piqued my interest. So into my cart it went. Thank you, Goodwill!

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT: Some of Ms. Townley’s poems are pure magic. The Oak Desk is one of them. The Elms is another. Centering the House is phenomenal. Really, truly, there are scores beautiful magical words between the pages of this book.

secondhandbookreviewuu.jpgWHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT IT: Not a thing. This was one of those books that I bought as a bit of a skeptic, and ended up falling in love with. It’s definitely one I’ll read again.


If you’d like to take a peek at THE AFTERLIVES OF TREES for yourself, click here.

As always, loads of love,