A Writer's Journey

April 24, 2017

April Showers

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She laid on her couch, wrapped up in a soft blanket as she watched the rain hit the bay window in her living room. The pitter-patter of the drops against the glass was the soundtrack for her afternoon and she sighed, content.

The door opened and closed, sending a cool breeze through the house. She raised her head as she heard someone kick off their shoes, muttering under their breath. “I feel like a drowned rat,” her husband called out.

“All you need is some dry clothes,” she replied, not bothering to look up. She remained focused on the window.

He walked into the room and kissed her forehead. It sent a shiver through her body as his icy skin brushed against hers. “You need something warm,” she said.



February 14, 2017

Be Mine Valentine

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Red and pink dominated the office, with hearts dangling from the ceiling and flowers on nearly every desk. It seemed Dolores went all out this year and Grace sighed as she set her bag down.

“Happy Valentine’s Day!” Dolores chirped, coming up behind her. The office manager was dressed all in red and had pinned white bows with red hearts in her brown curls. Her glasses were perched on her nose as her blue eyes took in Grace. “Any plans?”

Grace shook her head. “Quiet dinner at home, some wine and the least romantic movies I can find.”

“Come on. Where’s your Valentine’s spirit?”

“There’s no such thing,” Grace replied, sitting down. “There’s a Christmas spirit, but no Valentine’s spirit.”

Dolores huffed. “With that attitude, you’ll never have a Valentine.”

“Maybe I’m not looking.”

With the way Dolores reacted, one would’ve thought she had just confessed to murdering puppies. She clutched her chest and her blue eyes went wide as her mouth fell open. “Don’t you want love?”

“I do,” Grace said. “Just not for some stupid commercial holiday.”

“It’s not a stupid commercial holiday.”

She gave the older a woman a look. “Please. Spare me.”

“How is this a stupid commercial holiday and Christmas isn’t?” Dolores challenged.

Grace sighed. “Can we not do this? Can you just accept that some of us aren’t as gung-ho for this holiday as you and leave us be? Please?”

“Or what?”

“Or I’ll report you to management,” one of her colleagues, Dan, said. He peeked over the wall separating their cubicles, eyes focused on Dolores. “This has to be borderline harassment.”

Dolores pulled back, sniffling. “No one appreciates this holiday.”

Before either Grace or Dan could say something, she stalked away. Leaning back in relief, Grace looked up at her savior. “Thanks for that.”

“You’re welcome,” he said. “There are a few of us grumps but you seem to be the only woman who isn’t hiding her disdain for today. I think that’s why Dolores focused on you.”

She sighed. “Great.”

“Don’t worry. I think I scared her off.”

“Good. Maybe I can get some work done,” Grace said, finally logging into her computer.

He wished her luck before sliding out of sight, returning to his own work. She smiled, diving into her tasks for the day.


July 27, 2015

Fire Escape Courtship

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Good news! I’ve finished “The Best Medicine”!

More good news! I’ve started a new story!

I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes. How many stories have I started? Probably hundreds. How many stories have I finished? Less than that. How many have I workshopped? Even less than that. How many have I shopped around? *Sounds of laughter in the distance*

So, yeah.


September 15, 2014

Love Interests

If you’ve read my book analyses, you know I love Sara Donati’s “Into the Wilderness” series. But you also know that I came to a realization in the last book I read, “Queen of Swords.” That Donati’s romances were generally all the same: strong, independent and outspoken woman falls for silent, strong and passionate man. Something blocks their relationship, they fight to be together, have lots of sex, lather, rinse, repeat. While I still enjoy the books, it did get a little boring.

This made me think about my own love interests. So far, between Brandon (“Fairest of Them All”) and Phillip (“Dreams of the Rose”), I feel I have created two different love interests with two different personalities.


August 11, 2014

Silly Love Songs: The Musical Theatre Edition

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You have a favorite love song.

Admit it.

We all have one. That one song we listen to when we need to remember love is possible. Or when we are in love. Or need a good cry. (Because some love songs can be sad).

Me? I have a boatload. Maybe it’s from being a hopeless romantic. Or maybe it’s because I love, love, love musical theater. And that genre has a vast amount of love songs. Naturally, I have my favorites. The ones I listen to over and over, especially when writing. The ones that inspire me.

And I’m going to list my top ten!

Don’t worry, this isn’t just a list post. I’ll explain a little bit about the songs. Enjoy!


July 14, 2014

My Saturday Night Obsession

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I know most people my age spend Saturday night out, drinking and going to clubs. But I discovered a long time ago that I’m a homebody. Maybe I need to go out more sometimes. Especially if I want to jump start my stalled love life.

But we’re not here to discuss that. That’s for my private diary. No, we’re going to discuss how I spend my Saturday nights.

I am a Discovery ID addict.


September 2, 2013

More Writing Contests

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Yes, I am entering more writing contests. I’m keeping my New Year’s Anticipations! Why did I wait so long? Not really sure. Probably my penchant for procrastination. It’s a bit of a problem.


May 6, 2013

Book Analysis: Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast

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Every so often, I like to just go browsing book options on either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. That’s how I discovered the Goddess Summoning series by P.C. Cast. So, like I’ve done with other books, I’m going to analyze it.



February 11, 2013

Blurb: “Fairest of Them All”

Happy Valentine’s Day! Almost. To celebrate, I’m giving you a scene from my NaNoWriMo project. Enjoy!

Rockefeller Center attracted tourists all year round but the entire world visited during the holiday season. The famous tree was set up though it would not be lit up until after Thanksgiving. People still flocked to see it. Brendan and I weaved through the mass of bodies. He had let go of his arm but now held me by my waist. We were pressed so close together, I could smell his aftershave. It was its strength which me lightheaded, right?


December 10, 2012

Writing in the Holidays

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Last year, it snowed a few days before Halloween. And I lamented the fact “The Wedding Game” took place in the summer. Because I wanted to write a winter/Christmas scene. Perhaps that’s why I decided to set “The Fairest of Them All” in November and December, culminating at a “Holiday Ball.”


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