February Wrap-Up & March Goals

I mocked fate hard with last month’s blog post. Remember how I said I might be coming down with something? One of the worst colds I’ve ever had in my life knocked me out for a solid week. I may joke that napping is my Olympic sport, but sleeping 18+ hours a day is notContinue reading “February Wrap-Up & March Goals”

Con Report: Farpoint 2023

Last weekend I attended Farpoint, a pop culture convention local to the Baltimore area, as a panelist and presenter on the writing and fandom tracks! As I explained to a handful of authors that I met for the first time during the event, I don’t generally attend conventions for the primary purpose of selling books.Continue reading “Con Report: Farpoint 2023”

Farpoint 2023 Schedule!

This weekend, pending the status of the terrible cold I’m currently experiencing at the time of this posting, I’ll be at Farpoint 2023 for my first convention of the year! Farpoint 30February 10-12, 2023Delta Hotel by MarriotHunt Valley, MD Friday 5:00 PM: Drive to Finish (panel, Salon E)Do you have the drive to finish yourContinue reading “Farpoint 2023 Schedule!”

January Wrap-Up & February Goals

I think I’m coming down with something, so obviously, the answer is to ignore it and power through, right? We’ll see what wins, my to-do list or my motivation! Do you use to-do lists? How do you keep track of your goals? About 6 months ago, acting on inspiration from a fellow author, I expandedContinue reading “January Wrap-Up & February Goals”

December Wrap-Up & January Goals

Happy New Year! Let’s approach 2023 with caution, offer it treats, and hope only good things come of it. I’m home from my fantastic holiday vacation, both wishing I was back at the beach and looking forward to everything I get to do in the months to come. Lots of authors have shared some trulyContinue reading “December Wrap-Up & January Goals”

November Wrap-Up & December Goals

You know how time seems to speed up the older you get? It’s a combination of math and perspective. You’ve lived longer, so a month is a smaller proportion of your life than when you were 8 years old and enjoying endless summer break. Between recovering from my epic adventure in Israel, friends visiting fromContinue reading “November Wrap-Up & December Goals”

Book Review: How to Plot Romance Fiction by Nina Harrington

This book did not come recommended to me, but it showed up in the Amazon algorithm and the price for a hardcopy version was more than reasonable. After reading it, I’m glad that I did not spend more than I did. Overall, the text could have benefited from an editorial review by someone experienced inContinue reading “Book Review: How to Plot Romance Fiction by Nina Harrington”

Book Review: Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes

When I decided to try my hand at paranormal romance, I knew I’d have to learn everything I could about the structure of a romance arc in order to tell a successful story. In every place I asked for recommendations on romance craft books, the top answer was always Romancing the Beat. It’s a slimContinue reading “Book Review: Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes”

October Wrap-Up & November Goals

October vanished in a whirlwind of trying to get everything done before leaving for my 10-day trip to Israel, then the vacation itself. Did I get everything done? Of course not. But I had a fantastic time meeting many family members from around the world and checking items off the bucket list, so it wasContinue reading “October Wrap-Up & November Goals”

Book Review: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

I’m not a huge craft book consumer, but I wanted to give myself a refresher course on certain topics before I shift genres for my next series. The Amazon algorithms fed me this option, and I snapped it up based on the price point and author. This book is an easy read that I devouredContinue reading “Book Review: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass”