Category: Books

putting plot through the paces

putting plot through the paces

previously on the blog… I posted about how I write in layers. And that plot and I are only beginning to get along. This expounds on both of those ideas and so may be thoroughly boring for you (understandably) but is a great way for me to keep all my ideas and the things I’m […]

April 21, 2014 | Posted in Arizona, Plot, Story Courses

a reversal on reviews

If we’re friends on goodreads you may have noticed I don’t review books. I don’t even really star them unless they’re 4 or 5 stars. This isn’t just laziness, it’s a calculated decision. See, I used to review books. I had so much fun breaking a book down and figuring out what I liked and […]

April 8, 2014 | Posted in Books
Tattered Heart is now available

Tattered Heart is now available

I was going to use a more interesting subject – something along the lines of “no going back” or something else I thought of one day and have since forgotten but then I decided the smart marketing move would be to just say you can read Tattered Heart now. In fact, you can buy a […]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Tattered Heart
the fall of Camelot

the fall of Camelot

I just finished the 5th season of Merlin. It’s one of my favorite shows because I love the characters and the mythology and the actors are great and the story is fun. I’ll only allude to how it ends, but you won’t be surprised since it’s based on Arthurian legend. I mean, if you don’t […]

December 29, 2013 | Posted in Story Courses, Tattered Heart
the Gore Verbinski conundrum

the Gore Verbinski conundrum

That’s an unwieldy title but it’s because of his last name and not at all that I just like the word conundrum. Gore Verbinski had an interview years ago, I think in Movieline, long before any of the Pirates movies. He talked about making The Mexican and Mousehunt and he said that if something was […]

December 8, 2013 | Posted in Tattered Heart
Tattered Heart Cover Reveal

Tattered Heart Cover Reveal

I love stories. I even like stories about stories so I’m going to subject you to mine. I’ve written Tattered Heart probably a dozen times. Officially, there have been 10 drafts, but that doesn’t count the two or three false starts where I couldn’t figure out how to get from the beginning to the end […]

November 10, 2013 | Posted in Tattered Heart
forays into the unknown

forays into the unknown

I got the idea for my first novel in late Oct 2006. I toyed with it in fits and starts but I didn’t actually start writing it until Feb 2008. It was a fairy tale and the story of how I thought of it and what it became will be the beginning of my Idea […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in Books, Life, Tattered Heart
300 words

300 words

Last night I wrote 300 words in my current novel. It wasn’t much – a little paragraph and a snippet of a scene. But there was something about it that was immensely satisfying. And then I figured out what was so great about 300 words. They were my words. My style and my voice and […]

August 10, 2013 | Posted in Arizona
Author Initiative

Author Initiative

As an aspiring author one of the things I’ve learned is that it’s easy in this writing/publishing industry to feel like you’re at everyone else’s mercy. This isn’t new territory for me after living in LA for years. Whether you’re a writer, actor, screenwriter, director of photography, costume designer, or almost any other creative profession […]

April 5, 2013 | Posted in Books

an open letter to Amazon

I try to be positive on this blog. I hope that the things I write are amusing or helpful or just fun in general. But sometimes things come to my attention that I feel strongly enough about and I need to say something out loud. And this is my place to do that. The girls […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Books