A Writer's Journey

January 21, 2019

“The Christmas Wish” Update

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So one of my goals for 2019 is to self-publish this book by Christmas. Let’s see how I’m doing.

I am close to finishing Chapter 9. It’s the first part of what had been Chapter Seven when it was a fanfic, where Adelaide and Theo are starting to fall in love and celebrate their marriage with the rest of the town. Once I’m done, I’ll turn the second part into Chapter 10, which will focus on their first date and contains a lot of Theo’s backstory.

From there, we have an incident that sets Adelaide and Theo back before approaching the climax. The end is nearing and I expect this draft to be done within the next couple months, hopefully by spring.

Then what? Well, I’ll let you know as I get closer. However, I imagine it will be getting some feedback on the new draft.

I know there isn’t a lot to this update. I guess I don’t want to share too much even though it’s been around as a fanfic for two years now. Maybe I’ll have more as I get closer to finishing it.

As a reminder, you can get access to sneak peeks of “The Christmas Wish” as well as deleted material by supporting me on Patreon. Please consider doing so.

Have a good week everyone!

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December 24, 2018

The Christmas Wish Chapter 4: Christmas Eve

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The sneak peeks of my fanfic-turned-novel, The Christmas Wish, return as Adelaide, Theo and the people of Stony Castle start to celebrate Christmas.


Adelaide held Hugh’s hand as they entered the warm and brightly lit diner, Hugh bouncing by her side. Minnie had decorated more since they had been there that morning, pushing the tables aside to create more room in the middle of the diner so people could stand around. A Christmas tree now stood next to the jukebox and Christmas lights hung around the diner. Fake snow covered the windows and paper candy canes, snowmen, Santas and reindeer were taped up on the walls. Christmas music wafted over the buzz of the conversations and Adelaide paused, taking a deep breath to bask in the holiday spirit filling the place.

People greeted her and her son as she headed toward the back. She recognized most from her job at Town Hall, usually because they were lodging complaints for some reason or another. Tonight, though, she only heard good wishes for her holiday and New Year as everyone put aside business for this one day. Adelaide returned every greeting she got with a warm smile and Hugh waved to everyone like he was the mayor parading down Main Street.

“Adelaide! Hugh! Over here!” Maisie waved from the table she had taken for her family, rocking her baby son Daniel in one arm. She wore a festive red sweater with snowmen embroidered on it and had paired it with a nice black skirt as well as black snow boots. A red headband sat in her brown hair with silk holly and red beads mimicking berries attached to it. Daniel wore a Santa Claus onesie and together with his mother, looked like something out of a Christmas catalogue.

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December 23, 2018

The Christmas Engagement

Did you know Hallmark Channel has a Fantasy Football type league made up of its Christmas movies? You choose the movies you think will be the most watched that weekend and then you are awarded points based on where they fall once the ratings come in. I’m playing and it’s kinda fun to weigh my favorites with what I think others favor.

And of course, it’s fun to watch the movies. Are they predictable? Cheesy? Pretty much cookie cutter? Yes. But I still love them. And clearly so do many, many other people. Admit it, you do too.

So is there a point to me talking about Hallmark’s movies? Yes, there is!

In the past couple posts, I’ve mentioned participating in the annual Outlaw Queen Advent calendar but couldn’t really explain what I was working on for it due to the rules. Well, my story went up already so now I feel comfortable sharing what it was about with you!

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August 25, 2018

“The Christmas Wish” Chapter 1: A Wish For Santa (Excerpt)

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In Monday’s entry, I said that I would share the excerpt I first shared on Patreon. This is from Chapter 1 of “The Christmas Wish,” which is entitled “A Wish for Santa.” It’s an introduction to the relationship between my two leads, Adelaide Ellis and Theo Edwards, at the start of the story.

For early access to sneak peeks as well as other material, please consider supporting me with just $1 a month on Patreon.

Enjoy after the cut!

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August 20, 2018

The Christmas Wish

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Look! Another entry about writing! I’m on a streak!

As I wrote in this entry, I’ve been working on turning my 2016 Outlaw Queen Christmas fic The Christmas Wish into an original novel called The Christmas Wish. I figured I would give you all an update!

To recap: The Christmas Wish is a whimsical holiday romance about two single parents who find their lives changed forever when their sons ask Santa to make them brothers.

(I think this is the first story that I could actually sum up in one sentence. I’m impressed with myself).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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