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”

September Wrap-Up & October Goals

Another month passed in the blink of an eye, and as usual, my ambition outpaced my ability, but I’m still pretty satisfied with how September went. In another of the endless attempts to better wrangle the multiple goals I have every month, I took a cue from a fellow author and started to use theContinue reading “September Wrap-Up & October Goals”

Con Report: FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022

Sorry for the delay with this post — the spouse and I got home very late Sunday night, and the day job is trying to eat me alive this week. But I had an amazing time at FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022, and I’m happy to share some memories with you. Thursday We leftContinue reading “Con Report: FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022”

Capclave 2022 Schedule!

Two conventions in a row?! Yes. I’ll be attending Capclave 2022 this upcoming weekend, hosted by the Washington Science Fiction Association! As this convention is local (or at least more local than Utah), I will be commuting from home, not staying at the host hotel. (Also, I think my cats would riot.) But since thisContinue reading “Capclave 2022 Schedule!”

August Wrap-Up & September Goals

I have no idea how many words I wrote this month on the first draft of Steel Legacy, but I know I wrote the most important two: Trust me, I’m just as shocked as you are. As shown in the picture above, the final total for what is currently a total mess is 120,560 words.Continue reading “August Wrap-Up & September Goals”

July Wrap-Up & August Goals

Before starting this write-up I hit send on my part of a massive freelance project I’ve been working on all summer. One of my favorite aspects of medical editing is knowing that my work has a measurable positive effect on the world. I was thrilled to participate in a small way in making a chapterContinue reading “July Wrap-Up & August Goals”

June Wrap-Up & July Goals

Summer has finally arrived where I live, and I always get a huge boost from the warm weather and sunshine. I spent an even warmer week with friends in Atlanta at the beginning of the month, which was fun and relaxing at the same time. Right now, I’m still riding the high from attending InContinue reading “June Wrap-Up & July Goals”