I've been having some technical issues with my blog this week and have to republish this post. Thank you for bearing with me ❤ There is so much happening in Cassland. Very Big Things. Export Duty is just a little over a week away from entering the world, and I'm already working on the thrilling … Continue reading HUGE NEWS!
I'm thrilled to be able to share the cover for the next Department of Homeworld Security novella with you! It's called Export Duty, and features everyone's favorite Earth-swearing Sadirian, Rin, as well as an adorable Vegan we all know and love. Ready for it? Ta-da! I had so much fun writing this book. Rin is … Continue reading Export Duty Cover Reveal!
The Quickening Moon lived up to its name this month! An opportunity arose that I wanted to be part of, and since my novella was done, I ended up doing a cover reveal, getting the pre-order ready, and making the print version in record time. I also moved up the release date to March 5! … Continue reading Quickening Moon Goals Progress
There are certain steps in starting out a new project that I now realize are not optional. They provide fuel that keeps me going, even activating my subconscious. One of the most important of these steps is to make desktop wallpapers for my devices—my own take on a vision board. I learn so much about … Continue reading Vision Boards
No, not the movie 🙂 I'm talking about the beginnings of an idea. The seed of a story. That moment when you realize you may have some ephemeral thing that maybe—just maybe—you can transform into words on a page. Because once you have your characters, you need a grand adventure for them to go on. … Continue reading Inception
Happy New Moon day! At least, in my part of the world 🙂 February's full moon is called the Quickening Moon in some Celtic traditions, and it is one of my favorites. Things are happening. Energy is gathering. Momentum is building. Beneath the frozen earth, things are pushing, pushing, pushing toward the surface. We may … Continue reading Goals for the Quickening Moon
There's another type of conflict that I consider important enough to get it's own sub-category within internal and external conflict when I'm thinking through my writing, and that's relationship conflict. With any of the Romance genres, this is especially important to establish and work through. Honestly, I think it's just as important with any character-driven … Continue reading Fictional Relationships
I'm pushing my writing craft post to tomorrow to enjoy the Science Fiction Romance Galaxy Awards today! My TBR pile is sure to grow 🙂 I love learning about new authors and books through these awards. The judges' mini-reviews are so helpful, and it's great to see what stands out most to them. Judges get … Continue reading SFR Galaxy Awards for 2019!
We've talked about writing sympathetic characters, writing three-dimensional characters, and giving our characters pasts. All of these things are meant to create characters that readers can truly connect to in one way or another. Writing conflict is what activates the connection we've established. If a character sits around doing nothing, there is no story. If … Continue reading Writing Conflict
Last week, we talked about fleshing out characters by thinking of how they'd react in everyday situations that might not come up in the story. Another important factor in building characters that resonate with readers is working through their back story. Where did the character go to school? Did they have lots of friends? Or … Continue reading A Past Beyond the Page