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Faith&Spirituality, Identity, Motherhood, Writing Sample

The Better Part: A Mother’s Perspective on Slowing Down and Being Still

“Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and… Continue reading The Better Part: A Mother’s Perspective on Slowing Down and Being Still

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Book Review

Lands of Ink&Paper—March Reads and Reviews

Yay for the sun breaking through the thick winter haze, for warming my soul and gifting me sweet kisses from Christ! With warmer weather came a renewed spirit and definitely put the pep back into my step, as in my moving feet and not so much my writing. Since the thawing of spring has begun,… Continue reading Lands of Ink&Paper—March Reads and Reviews

Writing Sample

“The Dog Park” — An Excerpt

In honour of #WriteYourHeartOutWednesday I'm sharing another sneak peek of my debut novel, "Straddling the Void." The dog park scene is written from the perspective of the female lead and Kyle's love interest, Charlie. Sharing the scene is her former friend, the menacing loose-canon, "Butch." Leave a comment, I'd love to know what you think!… Continue reading “The Dog Park” — An Excerpt

Poetry

“Tristan” a Poem — (and a novel excerpt)

The poetic telling of "Tristan" is dark and tragic, written in iambic pentameter. I wonder about this man, this Tristan, and what might have happened to him before this "scene" of the poem. Poor Tristan. I hope you enjoy but, be warned, it is of a darker nature. And as a fun, free, goodie, I've… Continue reading “Tristan” a Poem — (and a novel excerpt)

Book Review

Lands of Ink&Paper—February “Reads and Reviews”

February was mostly masked by the winter blues, directly affecting my productivity for sure! As a result, I spent more time reading and reflecting instead of writing. I still managed to accumulate a humble 6,500 word count however. It was not the 20,000 I'd hoped for or the 15,000 achievment of January, but life required… Continue reading Lands of Ink&Paper—February “Reads and Reviews”

Faith&Spirituality, Short Story, Writing Sample

“Be At Peace” A Short Story

Jodie pulled my blue lifejacket from the back of the minivan and handed it to me. “Do you have the map?” she asked, a hint of panic edging into her voice. “Don’t worry, I’ve been planning this trip for over a hundred years.” The sarcastic exaggeration might have been much, but it was ridiculous to think we could get lost canoeing around the shores of… Continue reading “Be At Peace” A Short Story

Writing Tools

Best of Blog: Round Up!

Repost from Literary Agent, Carly Watters.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

IMG_5222.JPGI spent 5+ years on this blog and I haven’t posted in awhile, but I wanted to share a great round up of some of my top posts throughout the years.

I think I’ve made this place a good launch pad for authors’ careers answering questions about all aspects of the writing and publishing arenas.

Let me know which articles were most helpful to you!

THE CRAFT

Top Tips for Writing / Editing:

On characters 30 questions to ask your main character.

On comparison to other writers 6 Tips on why writers shouldn’t (but might) compare themselves to others, and why they shouldn’t (what they should do).

On category and genre. Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction? Helping writers understand the difference between these three categories so that they can market and sell (or query) their book better.

On writing page one: Tips To…

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Fiction, Writing Sample

Introducing Roxanne – A Novel Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from my current novel (in progress): Straddling the Void. Scanning the bar for familiar faces, I was both disappointed and relieved by the sea of strangers crowding the pool tables and dance floor. Without being delayed by ceremonious salutes and mingling, I picked my way through the labyrinth of bodies,… Continue reading Introducing Roxanne – A Novel Excerpt

Fiction, Poetry, Writing Sample

Wednesday Writing Goodies

It's Write Your Heart Out Wednesday, the day I take a break from my novel WIP (work-in-progress), the day I also encourage YOU to write, write, WRITE your HEART out ❤ This Wednesday's contribution, an original poem, "Losing Me," was somewhat of a creative stretch on my part since poetry is by no means my… Continue reading Wednesday Writing Goodies

Short Story, Writing Sample

Exciting News!!!

This morning, I was most pleasantly surprised by an email announcing that my short story, "Hidden, I Hide," has made it to the TOP 50 of the "Wingless Dreamer Literary Contest" 2019!!! My deepest thanks to my followers, mentors and fellow writers for your encouragent and inspiration. Thank you, most especially to writer Ruchi Acharya… Continue reading Exciting News!!!