The Dreamer Comic Fan Art

I interrupt this blog about writing to post a fan art entry to Lora Innes’ FanArtPollooza 2014. Lora is the creator of The Dreamer, an online (and print!) graphic novel. The story is superb, and the illustrations are gorgeous. Plus, it’s historical fantasy, which is a genre near and dear to my geeky heart.

The theme for this year’s contest was Time Warp. I took one of the minor characters that doesn’t get much love, Liz, and turned her into a paper doll.

Click the image below to download your very own Liz Paper Doll (Open the link and save, or right-click and choose “Save as”), and be sure to check out The Dreamer!

Liz paper doll

Minneapolis Write-In

I’m hosting a Write-In in Minneapolis on THURSDAY!

Brookdale Library, conference room I
5:30-9 (come and go as you can)

We will spend most of the time writing, but we’ll take short breaks to socialize. I’ll have some worksheets available for people plotting novels, but you can use the time to write anything!

For more info, see the Facebook event.

First time you’ve heard of it? Follow me on Twitter or Facebook!


Hello, dear ones.

I’ll be blogging even more infrequently for the next few weeks because I just signed up for NaNoWarmUp. NaNoWriMo, as I’m sure you’re aware, involves writing 50,000 words in the month of November, i.e. the worst month of the year for a military wife to attempt any writing whatsoever. NaNoWarmUp is 25,000 words in the month of October. It’s about 800 words each day.

I will still be microblogging on Facebook and Twitter through the months, so be sure to follow me for writing tips, frustrations, and inspiration. And if you’re on Twitter, too, give me a shout out so I can follow you. I’d like you even more if you tweeted me some encouragement / nagging / puns / corny jokes. And you can always share your frustrations to me there, especially if you want me to send you some legit resources for what you’re struggling with.

See you on the social media spheres!

Are you doing either NaNo this year? Check out my worksheets, my post on The Myth of Writer’s Block, and the tabs at the top of the page for even more.

Well, I’m Back

You thought you’d gotten rid of me, didn’t you?

Well, the beginning of 2013 was a whirlwind of job applications and uncertainty. February I took on a temporary job, and now that’s done, and here I am again.

In the next few months, I’m going to be cutting down on freelance work, which hopefully means I’ll be blogging more. However, I’m cutting back on work because my second child is due in May, so there will be much nesting going on. If you’re ever hankering for some more interaction apart from WordPress, be sure to like my Facebook page—I update that more often than WordPress or Twitter.

What do you want to learn more about? This week I’ll be talking about my recent chat with Ethan Rutherford, author of The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, which will be published in May 2013. Expect that on or around Friday. Seriously, don’t hold your breath or anything, since I tend to be late. It also takes me an exorbitant amount of time to write each blog post. I’ve already ran my toddler to the potty twice, let out the whining dog, started some food on the stove, looked up the spelling of “exorbitant”—you get the idea.

I’ll also begin blogging about picture books that demonstrate literary principles. This is going to be dependent on how good the books I pick up at the library are, so it probably won’t be on a constant schedule. But I’ll post the first one of those today.

Besides getting picture book recommendations and hearing about Ethan Rutherford, what do you want to know about the writing, reading, or editing processes? Your input is what fuels this blog—you ask a question, I’ll find the answer. If you don’t ask the questions, I’ll probably choose naps over blogging. Just being honest.