WOW! Flash Fiction Contest Runner-Up

“You’re not my Mommy!”

My gaze flicked to the rear-view mirror. A few blonde hairs stuck to her wet cheeks as she glared at me with all the defiance she could muster. I looked back to the road, biting the inside of my cheek. She’s only three, I reminded myself, and that parenting book said it’s normal to test boundaries. Healthy, even.

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November 11, 2014

Anaphorically Speaking

I’m back in college, probably a manifestation of my mid-life unraveling. It’s been an interesting experience being one of the “old ladies” in a sea of 19 year olds, but it gives me a little bit of an edge that I didn’t have my first go-around. I’ve never had more fun in school.

September 11, 2014

Picture Book Love (and a giveaway!)

Believe me, I tried to use Rafflecopter. The fancy-pants program just hates my website, my plugins, my face… I don’t know, but I cannot figure it out. I still want to give away a free copy of my new picture book, Bojo the Boogery Bugger. So I’ll keep it simple: Leave a comment on this post before 11:59 on July 15th, and you’ll be entered to win.

July 9, 2014

Is Scrivener right for you?

As a part-time writer, I have to be completely organized and ready to WRITE the moment I sit down to do so. I can’t wait until I’m in the mood. I don’t have time to re-read the first six chapters of my novel to catch up to what I should be writing today. If I re-read yesterdays writing, I will certainly be revising instead of writing.

June 27, 2014

How NOT to Publish a Picture Book

I self-published a children’s picture book this month, and I did everything wrong. There was no pre-release buzz, no relentless marketing to everyone in my contact list, no scheduled blog tour. I don’t have a decent Goodreads author’s page. For heaven’s sake, I didn’t even announce it on this blog until now.

And… I’m okay with that.

June 14, 2014

Changing Fate by Michelle Merrill

All Kate wants is to live. Battling cystic fibrosis is hard enough, dying from it is even harder. When her mom moves them closer to the hospital in the middle of her senior year, Kate’s determined to isolate herself—saving everyone the trouble of befriending a dying girl. It’s a difficult task when cheerful optimist Giana insists on being Kate’s friend.

May 8, 2014

Dialogue Writing Challenge

It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted to come up with a writing challenge. What can I say? Life is busy, busy. This idea came upon me by accident, and I just knew it would help some writer out there who is struggling to get the creative juices flowing.

Write a story with nothing but dialogue. No exposition, no he said/she said tags… nothing but dialogue and punctuation.

April 11, 2014

Missing Lily – Another Clean Romance

If you have been digging around Scribbleweed at all in the past year, chances are you have heard about the clean romance novel, Just Ella. I am happy to say Annette Larsen has done it again and is set to release Missing Lily, on May 15th. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the first half of the book, and I was charmed.

April 9, 2014

Weirdos who write about weirdos

Is it just me or are all writers a little… off? Do you ever open your journal and find words like this? “I think I need to kill him. The love triangle thing just isn’t working for me. Plus, he’s pushy, controlling and passionate in a way that’s suffocating. But how do I kill him […]

March 24, 2014

The Year(s) of Crappy First Drafts

Some days I worry I have lost my desire to write, and other days I realize that is the sleep/privacy/date night/babysitter-deprived monster talking and I need to suck down a tall glass of Melatonin-laced warm milk go to sleep for a long, long time.

February 18, 2014