March Writing Update

So I normally don’t toot my own horn, but I’m quite proud of myself. I hit every single one of my writing goals that I set last month. How about them apples! The biggest highlight of the month was participating in Madness! Poetry. What an absolute blast. I ended up losing in the 2nd round to a really good poet. But my poem about a dinosaur salon still won the kids’ vote, so I’m really happy about that. I would love to participate next year. Currently, the ‘Elite Eight’ are battling it out and voting is open. If you have a … Continue reading March Writing Update

February Update

February has been a good writing month despite the last week being a bit emotionally rocky. I don’t know if it’s postpartum, or just my normal ups and downs, but I’ve been a bit rough, and that’s okay. Overall, I am super happy with my progress. I am slowly finding ways to make time to get my butt in the chair and write. Mostly, this is between the hours of 10:30PM-3:30AM. It’s slow going, but I am improving. Here are a few things I was able to accomplish this past month: Wrote and submitted 3 poems Received 2 rejections Posted … Continue reading February Update

January Writing Update

As a way to be more accountable with my writing, I will give a quick little update here on the blog at the end of each month. This past month has been a success, I believe. I was able to attend an SCBWI writing conference in Miami, which was great. I took a picture book intensive at the conference from the marvelous Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple. To be honest, I was a bit star struck. But once I was able to gather my wits, I was able to learn so much. If I had to pick the … Continue reading January Writing Update

NaNoWriMo Prep

It’s that time of year again! NanoWrimo! I always get a little excited at the possibility of drafting an entire novel in 30 days. I’ve tried the whole “pantsing” thing and I stink at it. I guess I like to know where my story is going ahead of time—even if I just use a loose outline. I already have my entire NanoWrimo novel outlined and ready to go for next month. My book idea is the same as last year’s: a girl visits Arches National Park with her family and discovers that the arches are actually portals to another world. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep

Update + Some Inspiration

My march writing goals are going along quite well, although they have been slightly revised. John and I have restructured how we’re approaching Mobster Monsters–we’re sitting down and hashing out what each letter will be. This way I’m not writing a limerick that his illustrations have to conform to, and he’s not illustrating something that I then have to write a limerick for. We have our pow wow and then break, with each of us knowing what to do for each letter. So far, we have reached the letter K. So my revised goal for March is to get through … Continue reading Update + Some Inspiration

March Writing Goals

Confession–I have a super difficult time setting realistic goals. Its not that I have a hard time making goals. For example: Write a 50,000 word novel every month for a whole year? Sounds great! Wake up at 4:30AM to start writing (when I normally wake up at 8AM)? Sure! Don’t go to bed until I’ve written X number of words (usually something like 3,000 when I haven’t been writing at all)? Go for it! See? No problem whatsoever at setting goals. Its just the realistic ones that allude me. Hence why one of my writing resolutions this year is to … Continue reading March Writing Goals

LtUE: Day 3 + Final Thoughts

I hope that you have enjoyed my recap of LtUE thus far. Today I’m going to wrap up the final day and my overall impressions of the conference. I only went to one panel on Saturday and it was on the Pros and Cons of Self-publishing. My thoughts and views on self-publishing have come a long way in the last year thanks to last February’s LtUE. You can read about just how big of a 180 I made in this post. Basically, self-publishing can be pretty awesome. There are definite drawbacks, but some pretty sweet payoffs as well. For me, … Continue reading LtUE: Day 3 + Final Thoughts

LtUE: Day 2

So hopefully I can take a few more minutes on this post as I was running between workshops during the Thursday recap which can be seen here. Hence it was a bit rushed. LtUE  wrapped up yesterday. I will be doing a recap of yesterday’s workshops in th next few days as well as an overall LtUE review. Look for that soon. Friday was Valentine’s Day and my loving husband worked from home so that I could go to a full day of workshops and panels. I learned all sorts of things, but below are a few of my favorite … Continue reading LtUE: Day 2

LTUE: Day 1

LTUE is here again! Last year was a blast, and this year is going great so far. There are still 2 more days to go, so if you have some time, stop on by. Below is a quick recap of the first day. I got to meet and chat with some great artists and authors. Jess Smart Smiley has some exciting things that he is working on, and Michaelbrent Collings is nominated for a few Bram Stoker awards. Winning a Bram Stoker is one of my dreams, so I was cool to meet him. I also went to some great panels and … Continue reading LTUE: Day 1