Category: Tattered Heart

things of 2016

things of 2016

2016 is a bit odd to look back on because things have changed so much. It feels like years have passed between now and March and yet, oddly, things in December are beginning to look a little more like they did earlier in the year. I know, cryptic. It’ll all make sense once I get […]

December 12, 2016 | Posted in author events, Enchanted Storms, Life, Tattered Heart, travel
Tattered Heart is an audiobook

Tattered Heart is an audiobook

At long last, the Tattered Heart audiobook is available! I’ve written this post a couple of dozen times over the past year, some more eloquent than others and now that I sit down and finally get to type it out, I can’t remember any of the heartfelt or charming things I was going to say. […]

April 18, 2016 | Posted in Tattered Heart
#AmCurrently

#AmCurrently

I’ve decided to occasionally do update posts that aren’t just for the entire year. I stole my #AmCurrently format from Cait at PaperFury because it’s so shiny and versatile. She has agreed to forgive me as long as I feed her lots of cake. #AmCurrently Writing Nothing! I almost feel horrible about it, but not […]

April 11, 2016 | Posted in Arizona, Blogging, Enchanted Storms, Life, Tattered Heart
the peril of proper names

the peril of proper names

It all started with pimchie flowers. The Blue Sword is one of my favorite books and a few years ago I finally got it into my bookclub for everyone to read the wonder that is Robin McKinley. And for about 20 minutes at the beginning of our discussion, all they could talk about was pimchie […]

February 22, 2016 | Posted in Enchanted Storms, Story Courses, Tattered Heart
things of 2015

things of 2015

If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve. The other part of this year […]

December 14, 2015 | Posted in Arizona, Enchanted Storms, Life, Tattered Heart
the 80 percent rule

the 80 percent rule

I have an 80% rule when writing. It is the supporting caveat to all my other writing rules. You could say, though I call them all rules, that it turns them more into guidelines. Because the 80% rule is that I only follow all my other rules 80% of the time. The thing is, writing […]

October 22, 2015 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses, Tattered Heart
The Making of a Map

The Making of a Map

Maps are about recording discoveries. One thinks of Lewis & Clark or Magellan stepping out into places in the world few had traversed; exploring untamed frontiers and sketching everything they saw, everything they learned. Redefining the shape of the world. Fantasy worlds are perhaps the closest we have to frontiers in a day and age […]

September 26, 2015 | Posted in Books, Enchanted Storms, Tattered Heart
things of 2014

things of 2014

Initially this post was a filler, just a way to space some things out. But once I started writing it, I realized it’s actually a year worth remembering. I published my first novel, Tattered Heart. That should have been a clue right there that I should write something about this year. It was exciting and […]

December 15, 2014 | Posted in Life, Tattered Heart, travel
when words toy with you

when words toy with you

I have a fairly robust vocabulary. I’m pretty sure it’s from reading so much as a kid without any concept of “reading level.” And I love nuance in words. Maybe that comes in part from my vocabulary and maybe it’s just a part of my personality – I don’t know. But the subtle differences in […]

December 8, 2014 | Posted in Tattered Heart
Tattered Heart pronunciation guide

Tattered Heart pronunciation guide

The thing about fantasy worlds is that they require a bit of a new language; at the very least new words. Or familiar words with unfamiliar spellings. When I was writing Tattered Heart I selected and created words to evoke the culture of this story. I didn’t really consider the pronunciation of these words because […]

October 6, 2014 | Posted in Tattered Heart