• LeVar Burton Lecture

    LeVar Burton Lecture

    The Power of Storytelling.  That was the title of the lecture LeVar Burton gave at Utah Valley University on May 16th.  I was eager to hear his words and get re-energized about my chosen craft. As I waited with my friends for the lecture to start, the atmosphere was one of anticipation.  Excitement seemed toContinue… Read more

  • The Joy of Editing

    The Joy of Editing

    I used to despise editing.  In my mind I separated it from writing.  Putting something down on paper for the first time is fun.  The thrill of not even knowing yourself what will happen next!  The feeling of inspiration. I edited anyways, but in hind sight I see that — in the beginning — I often did bareContinue… Read more

  • Don’t Be A Warm Body

    Don’t Be A Warm Body

    Tonight I am remembering a piece of advice that I will always be grateful for. My husband, youngest daughter, and I went to a book signing for Brandon Sanderson. My husband, Tod, asked him, “What can I do to help support my wife in her writing?” Brandon told him to give me at least fourContinue… Read more

  • Hand Adventures Part 2

    Hand Adventures Part 2

    With all my hand/wrist/elbow problems I figured I could share a few things that I’ve done to help minimize pain. Some of these things I wish I thought of before. I have no doubt I wouldn’t have ended up with a problem so quickly if I had been mindful.  So, perhaps reading this will helpContinue… Read more

  • Hand Adventures Part 1

    Hand Adventures Part 1

    At the beginning of this year I made some very specific goals.  One was to finish the second draft of my newest novel by the end of February.  In my mind, I figured I could finish and send it out to beta readers, making it so I would get edits/input back by the end ofContinue… Read more

  • NaNoWriMo – It’s For Everyone

    NaNoWriMo – It’s For Everyone

    It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Most of my friends aren’t writers.  Not in the sense of “let me sit down and write a 50,000 word novel in a month.”  I get that. However, NaNoWriMo to me is simply about writing.  Getting thoughts down on paper.  Yes, technically it’s a goal of getting a fullContinue… Read more

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