I love being surprised by books. Even more, I love surprising my readers with my stories. The very best surprises are the ones you can look back at and think you should have seen coming. For that to work, the writer needs to leave a trail of bread crumbs. The results can be incredibly rewarding, … Continue reading Twists and Turns
Writers face many challenges. One that might not be as well-known among readers is how we agonize over where our books fit in to the grand world of fiction. I've rarely met a writer who hasn't at one point wondered what genre they should use to help readers connect with their works. So, what do … Continue reading Horrormance
The joy of cooler weather doesn't end with knitting. I'm a huge fan of hoodies, and love it when the temperatures get to a point where I can wear them. Functional pockets and cozy warmth—what's not to love? Last year, I decided to amp my hoodie-love factor by designing hoodies that had my series logos … Continue reading Hoodie Weather!
We are so close to the start of Fall, I can almost smell the crisp air and hear the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. Okay, not really, but I can imagine them 🙂 Fall is absolutely my favorite season. Preparing for the colder weather means cozying up the house, planning for gatherings with friends … Continue reading Around the Corner
One of the more illuminating (and entertaining) obstacles in my writing path lately was learning about tropes. I've known about tropes in a vague sort of way for a while, but set out to really understand them a few months back. I love taking expectations and turning them on their heads. I thought after I … Continue reading Tropes: I’m doing it wrong!
There is so much information available to us today. Facts and opinions, trends and data sets, paths and experiences laid out by others that are so tempting to follow. It's easy to become overwhelmed or even lost. Both in writing and RL, I've been digging my way deeper and deeper into rabbit holes of information … Continue reading When you become lost
In my meditation recently, a new mantra spontaneously unfolded. It was beautiful and powerful and I think it can help other people, so I'm sharing it here. I'm focusing quite a bit on health and healing right now in my life. I thought about my progress, and immediately followed with "I am so grateful." Then … Continue reading “I am so grateful.”
I found this blog post that I wrote months ago in my drafts. I thought about moving past it without sharing, but I have a feeling it may resonate with some. If it helps even one person, it's worth putting out there. From May of 2018... I jokingly talk about "Cassland" as the imaginary place … Continue reading I am not mainstream.
We have reached the point of the year in the Northern hemisphere when the sun is at its most powerful and the night is at its shortest. The days will begin to shrink now, even as the heat kicks in. It will still be a time of great activity and outward growth for me, as … Continue reading Joyous Summer Solstice!
Today is a new moon, so what better time to renew my blogging practice! This month's new moon is leading into the full moon that is sometimes called the Strong Sun moon. I'm going to use this time to focus on things I want to strengthen and grow as the moon waxes full. My writing, … Continue reading Strong Sun New Moon