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.

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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

Free book? Heck yeah!

Today through Saturday, the Kindle version of Bojo is FREE! Plus, enter to win a print copy free at Goodreads. (The print version is beautiful. Lickable beautiful.)
Please don’t be shy to leave a review – that’s what start-up writers live on – chocolate and reviews.

June 17, 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

Choosing Your Path

When I asked Athena Hernandez to write the New Year’s post, I expected it to be good. What I didn’t expect was that it gave me goosebumps and renewed my writing enthusiasm. I hope this post inspires you as it has me. Thanks Athena, and congratulations for winning the Gifts for Writers giveaway.

January 1, 2014