A Writer's Journey

October 16, 2017

So What Happened to My Stories?

A couple weeks ago, I posted about how my laptop Old Blue died. I wrote that I was waiting to see if the IT guy at work could salvage anything off the hard drive. The answer is in:


So, yes. Everything that hadn’t been on OneDrive is lost. And that ended up being a lot.

As I said, lesson learned. I’ve been looking into an external hard drive to be sure I have a backup though I’ve started saving a lot more to OneDrive. I’m not going to lose all of that hard work again.

How much work, you ask? Well…



January 25, 2016


I’m doing it.

I’m keeping one of my anticipations. Well, another one of them.

I’m putting a story up on Wattpad. It’s the one I started writing during this year’s NaNoWriMo, Long Live the Queen. It’s also undergoing some serious rewrites, but I think it’ll do well. Or at least I hope so.

If it does do well, I’ll put up a few more stories. Probably “The Conference House” and “The Wedding Game.” Maybe even “Fairest of Them All.” I’ll play it by ear.

So please look me up. I’m GraceMackenzieNess on there.

Thank you!

January 21, 2014

Sandy Ground

It’s funny when you look at your writing and look at what you had planned for it. What do I mean by that? Let’s look at The Conference House. I had a lot of plans for the novel. But I think that’s a problem historical fiction writers have: Trying to fit everything into our novel. Readers of historical fiction have probably heard the complaint about other stories before or made it themselves. With the release of the first Outlander miniseries trailer, a few comments on the Entertainment Weekly (EW) website did admit that Diana Gabaldon did get bogged down with details.

There was one detail I wanted to include in “The Conference House.” But the story went in another direction and it was forgotten. I recalled it the other day. But I had to discard it for now.


January 6, 2014

State of My Writing

It’s January. So you know what’s approaching—President Obama’s State of the Union Address, where he tells us how we as a nation are doing. In that vein, I thought I would take a moment to summarize how my writing projects are coming along. Hopefully, I’ll remember to make this an annual event!


December 30, 2013

Goodbye, 2013. Hello, 2014.

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This is the last post for 2013. It’s amazing how fast the year flies. Last year, I made some anticipations as the word “resolutions” seems more definitive. Like if you fail to keep your resolutions, it’s a disappointment. But anticipations are just hopes. If you don’t get them this year, you can still hope for next year!


August 19, 2013


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No, I’m not pregnant. I believe in waiting for marriage and I’m still waiting for Mr. Right. But there seems to have been a baby boom lately.

baby(From Shutterstock)


August 12, 2013

The Things You Learn

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One of the good things about writing historical fiction is that you are always learning knew things. Even when you think you know everything, something surprises you.

Happened to me recently. I was doing some research for “The Conference House,” for my current chapter. Two of my characters go to visit the Rose and Crown Tavern, where William Howe stayed while camped on Staten Island. So I wanted to get a reference in how to describe it. I googled it and did find a drawing of the Rose and Crown.


July 16, 2013


At the end of June, one of my cousins from South Carolina came up to visit us. She had some friends with her and they spent a lot of time in Manhattan. But she still spent time with us because we wanted to. Tell stories, share updates, etc. I showed her some pictures I had found of the visit her family had when we were little. And there were a lot of laughs over the week and a half she was here.


July 1, 2013

An Exasperated Writer Rants

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You have been warned.

I usually love showers. I do my best thinking under them sometimes. There’s just something about letting the hot water run over me which leads to my mind wandering. My family teases me about how much time I spend in the shower but I don’t think they understand.


June 10, 2013

When Characters Misbehave

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As I said last week, I’m using Write 53k to finish up the first draft of “The Conference House” at last. It’s really helping.

Until last week. No, the word counts didn’t suffer. But I’ve been having some trouble with one of my characters. Let me explain.


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