Guest Post at This and That

Good Saturday!!

Today I'm guest posting over at This and That Book Blog on the hardest part of character development. So check it out here, and don't forget to keep checking it out to help support authors!

Don't forget By Ways Unseen is available for purchase, and I'm in the middle of a two-week blog tour. So I'll be back to normal posts on July 28 -- next week is an interview with The Avid Reader. So come join me on tour!

First Stories

Inspired by Olivia Cornwell on Twitter (@livvycornwell), and in honor of my book By Ways Unseen coming out on Amazon this Thursday, July 12 - first published story - I thought I would share with you the first story I ever wrote.


It's called "Four Leaf Clover." I've fixed the typos, but that's it. I promise I've gotten better since 1994 (I was 8).

Making a Choice

I'll be honest: I went back and forth about self-publishing for a long time. For most of the time, I felt like it was the cheap way out -- that if my book was actually good, it would be traditionally published, with the prestige of an actual House behind it, chock full of editors, marketing types, and an agent telling me -- and the rest of the world -- that it was good.

Oh, and in case you missed it, By Ways Unseen is coming out on July 12 on Amazon, through CreateSpace and Kindle.

Love, Joy...Patience

Three of the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5), those are. Why am I writing about them? Well, I shot my mouth off on Twitter and said: "Oh, I have a blog! You should, you know, read what I wrote a few months ago!" I also said somewhere else that this is my website -- which will bring a lot of the same thing: people showing up expecting stuff.

So, I wanted to take a moment, and reiterate what my hope is for this blog: this is a place for writers and people who are alive to find Love, Joy, and Patience. And hopefully all the others, too.

This Is Happening

As some of you may have heard, I'm self-publishing my fantasy novel this year - in a couple months, actually (website and all that jazz coming soon). It's been an incredible month, this past April, so let me tell you a bit about it.

Carolyn Chute on Writing

"Writing is like meditation or going into an ESP trance, or prayer. Like dreaming. You are tapping into your unconscious. To be fully conscious and alert, with life banging and popping and cuckooing all around, you are not going to find your way to your subconscious, which is a place of complete submission." Carolyn Chute.

Um. Okay.

Dorothy Parker on Writing

"I can't write five words but that I change seven." Dorothy Parker.

The theme of this day is editing, revising, rewriting...but what caught my eye the most was Amy Peters' comment on perhaps why people dislike editing so much. She said: "Perhaps, they flash back to childhood days when having to rewrite a paper at school was taken as bad news. ...As Parker describes it rewriting and editing is an opportunity to improve and express your ideas." [Emphasis mine.]