Category: WIPs


Writing Wednesdays: That “All Is Lost” Moment + Progress!

Writing Wednesdays: That “All Is Lost” Moment + Progress!

It’s Wednesday! We’ve made it to mid-week and we’re still here and kicking! Congratulations! Today, for Writing Wednesday, I will update (in generalities) on how writing my novel is going, but first I wanted to encourage my readers to please check out a meaningful, applicable post at StevenPressfield.com. It’s all about that “All Is Lost” moment, when the shiny, brilliant glow of writing something new wears off and you read back on the (possibly) hundred or so pages you’ve written, declare it crap and want to hurl yourself off of a cliff, because you suck and you’ll never be a good writer, and other such temper-tantrum utterings. Not that I know […]



Sunday Snip: You’ve Got Mail

Sunday Snip: You’ve Got Mail

Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Snip! Once a week I pick something I’ve written and highlight a particular story or section that makes me smile when I read it. Today’s snip is from one of the first stories I ever posted for the fiction archive. Most of my stories are about one character and his romantic adventures. This story was inspired by the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan vehicle You’ve Got Mail in which two mortal enemies in real life are friends online and don’t know it. In my story, a celebrity and a random person connect via a typo and neither really knows the other person very well. This […]



Monday Morning Warm Up- A quote that gives you hope

Monday Morning Warm-Up (courtesy Jo Knowles): Share a quote that makes you think and feel hopeful. One of my friends forwarded a quote to me late last year and it has become my mantra, chiefly the word PERSIST. I don’t know why, and I suppose I am not the only one, but I am encouraged when I hear about people who are famous for their craft struggling, like I do, to create. It makes me feel more normal and human and less like a talentless hack. I guess in some ways I seek validation in that, in knowing that I’m not the only one doesn’t know what to write after […]




Monday Morning Warmup: Your favorite alone time

Monday Morning Warmup: Your favorite alone time

Thanks again to Jo Knowles, who posts these each Monday. Today I’m doing an archived exercise: Describe your favorite quiet and alone time. Where are you? Inside? Outside? Is it cold? Warm? Is there an animal nearby? What do you see? Hear? Smell? Why does this time matter to you? I’m single and a bit of a loner. While I do get together with friends now and again, I’m mostly at home with the books and the appliances and the heater. Always the heater. It’s where I am comfortable and it is conveniently also where I keep all my stuff. So for me to have a specific time of quiet […]





Monday Warm-Up 1/16:”I want to write something that…”

Thanks to Jo Knowles for posting these! This is my first Monday Morning Warm-Up… “Write to the prompt: “I want to write something that will…” One of my fave music artists once said that he wanted to be a part of a song that lived on forever. Even after his career was over or he was long gone, when people listened to that song, they’d know he was a part of it. I think that artists- musicians and painters and sculptors and writers want the same thing, to create something that lives on beyond them and bears the mark of their effort, their talent, their dedication. I want to write something that […]



Sunday Snip- A Few More Points

Sunday Snip- A Few More Points

Getting back into this groove! I wrote two stories for our annual Secret Santa Story Exchange at the fiction archive. One was a gift, the other was a fill in for a writer who could not complete her story. I spent about three weeks on my gift story and liked it a lot by the time I posted it. I spent about five hours writing the fill in and frankly, liked it a ton more. No idea what that means, but interesting turnabout of events. It also means that I can no longer say that I can’t write ‘off the cuff’. If I have an idea, clearly I can. Today’s […]



Snip! It’s Sunday! 11/20

I haven’t done this for awhile, but since I am writing a new story over at the archive, I decided to post a snippet for today. The new story is called Schizophrenic. It uncurls a tale of interruption of the idyllic life of a former popstar who still has one ultra devoted fan. Not only is she obsessive, but she is mentally ill and believes that the pop star is talking to her through his music. This scene is from Chapter 1. My main characters have just returned from their anniversary dinner to find something not quite right about the house. They’re in the car, waiting for the police to […]