Successes in June: Big Plans for July

June has been an absolute whirlwind of productivity and good things. Plus, a soupçon of pain as I dealt with a back issue that had me unable to walk in the beginning of the month.

We are part of the Micronomicon Kickstarter that launched this month. We are writing one of the stretch goals: the micro-setting Thule, which is based on Arctic history, lore, and myth.

Opening the Book on June

I’m deep into Dean Wesley Smith’s Great Challenge and I’m having a great time. So far, I’ve written and sent in to him three short stories.

Writing into the Dark of May

It’s been a crazy two months with trips, conventions, a house guest, and just the push and pull of life. I finally feel a bit more balanced and words are once again pouring through my fingers.

March Results and April Goals

It’s been a crazy two months with trips, conventions, a house guest, and just the push and pull of life. I finally feel a bit more balanced and words are once again pouring through my fingers.

February Whooshes By

I can hardly believe that February is over! It’s been packed extra full of wonderfulness starting with a visit with family in Denver and followed by attendance at the Superstars Writing Conference in Colorado Springs. The photo above was taken at Garden of the Gods when Kevin J. Anderson took us on a tour of that…

Goal Progress January Week Four

I received my most recent critique from Dean on my Dangerous Goods short story, which was that he read all the way through and enjoyed it, but that it needed the validation portion of the story. I added the validation, gave it a final edit, and submitted it to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I hope…

Goal Progress January Week Three

I spent some of the week sick in a low key way: low fever, some sniffles, many aches and pains. I still managed to finish a short story and I’m pretty proud of that. Writing these shorts in 5 days is so much harder than I expected. The problem for me is that I write…

Goal Progress January Week Two

I’m overwhelmed by all that I am doing. My life is consumed by writing, reading, talking about writing, and learning about writing. This will be a very intense year for me and I love the opportunity I have to do this. I’m almost packed for Colorado. I scrutinized photos and videos of people at the…

Goal Progress January Week One

I’m a little late with this update. I’ll do better in the upcoming week. I’m consumed with worry about dressing for Colorado. No other location makes me panic like this. I wear dresses and skirts normally. I even wear skirts and dresses when I run and hike. Coloradans, on the other hand, wear jeans, pants,…

Setting My Intentions for January: Goals and Challenges

At the beginning of each month I’ll outline the month’s challenges. Look for an update on my progress sometime between Friday and Sunday of each week. Short Story Challenges: January I’m starting the Year of the Short Story with total immersion by taking the short story course from WMG Publishing and reviewing Mary Robinette Kowal’s…