Three Words

I love the tradition of picking a word for each year. A word to focus on, plan around, and maintain during mindfulness practice. 2018 is going to be big. I can already feel it, because this year, my psyche isn’t happy with just one word. It wants three.

Home

The first word that came to me for this year is “home”.

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I’ve lived in my house for a very long time, but haven’t truly put down roots there. Continue reading “Three Words”

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Creative Endeavors

I’ve heard people say, “Writing begets writing” (if you know the origin of this excellent quote, please let me know in the comments!). I find this to be absolutely true. For me, writing doesn’t just lead to more writing. It leads to more creativity in general.

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Traveling along the writer’s path, I’ve learned so many new skills to support my craft and make books that I’m proud to put out in the world. Continue reading “Creative Endeavors”

The Dwellers Database

Blades of Janus LogoThe Blades of Janus have many resources to help them combat the alien threats that have spread all over Earth. Rayguns, hoverbikes, silver-infused swords. One of their most important tools mentioned in Pack, the first novel set in this world, is the Dwellers Database.

This central repository of knowledge gives the Blades information, descriptions, and most importantly, countermeasures that could save their lives when going up against a new type of Dweller. Continue reading “The Dwellers Database”

Focus

Summer Sentinel

Having natural talent helps when you want to be a writer. Reading, studying, learning about the craft—that helps too. Practicing is the absolute best thing you can do to improve your skill level. You also need self-mastery. If you can’t get yourself to sit down to write, you can’t write anything! But is getting into the chair really enough?

I’ve spent more time in my writer’s chair than I care to admit doodling, daydreaming, making to-do lists, and having my mind wander around topics that had nothing to do with what I was supposed to be writing. It took time and effort to build my ability to focus on each story. I also had to figure out what I needed to support that level of concentration while writing.

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