He Said, She Said – Say What?!

I’m currently trekking through outlining my next novel, and if you’re like me, you spend time in-between that studying the written word. I read various types of books – fiction, non-fiction, young adult, middle-grade, romance – I’m not prejudice. I recently picked up one of my son’s favorite books – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s […]

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Story Engineering

Tomorrow I will have the house to myself. Say what?! No husband to interrupt your random story plotting? No kids pelting the dog’s toy at each other’s head? I know, right? How’d I get so lucky? I feel like there has been some kind of divine intervention. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family. […]

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Brainstorming & Plot Structure

I’m getting ready to start organizing my thoughts on a new story before I ever start writing my manuscript. I had an idea a few months ago as I was traveling to some pretty cool places when I was on vacation, and if you’re a fellow writer like myself, you might have a tendency to […]

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Ashyer Black – Query Letter

I’ve been pretty quiet when it comes to putting my query letter out there for people to review and see. Of course, I’m not counting any family or friends who read through it, helped edit it, and all that jazz. I love them, and I appreciate their advice, but I think they’re a little partial […]

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Caffeine, Anyone?

            There have been several mornings, and even more nights, that I wish I liked coffee. Then I could stand in line at a Starbucks before the break of dawn instead of lumbering through the airport like a semi-business-like zombie woman. But, in all honesty, I hate that stuff. Can’t stand coffee – vomited a […]

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Understanding Show, Don’t Tell

As we pursue our dreams of having a novel published and sitting on a bookshelf, most of us are trying to improve our craft and become better writers. I spend a fair amount of time pouring over books about the craft. When I wrote my first novel, I had never heard of show, don’t tell […]

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Live Your Best Life

I’ve been reminiscing quite a bit lately. My oldest son will be turning sixteen in two weeks, which seems impossible to me. Where does the time go? If I died tomorrow, I know the one thing I have not failed at is being the best mom to my boys. Having a child when you are […]

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