Name of the Game   

Anyone who followed this blog from the beginning knows that I debated for years what name I wanted to publish under – a pen name, my maiden name, my married name, or some combination. I made changes more than once before realizing I was putting the cart before the horse, ultimately deciding to stick to my married name until I was ready to start sending query letters.

writing.jpgNine or ten months ago, after much debate and conversations with family, friends, a few published authors, and, of course, hubby, I made the decision to pursue publication under my maiden name. Not quite ready to go through the pain of making the change, I decided to sit on the decision for a while, just to be sure.

As I sat here last week writing a query letter, ready to send my baby out into the world, I realized the time has come. I made a list of everything I need to change (my goodness, that is a long list) and started checking things off. Writing this post was toward the top of the list.

In the coming days, I will be changing my page on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I have already changed this site, though I do have a few more tweaks up my sleeve.

I have to admit, it is weird to see a different name atop my site, but I am excited about the next steps on my road to publication, and this is just another stepping stone.


Kicking back and reading a good book,

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NaNo Crazy

It’s November, which means writers all over the world are challenging themselves to write an entire novel in a month. Despite being five hundred miles from home, living with my parents for two months, dealing with insurance companies and contractors, and having no office to write, I decided I was going to join in. What the heck, why not, right? 😉 At least I have Christmas-themed writer treats to go with my Christmas novel!

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) defines a novel as 50,000 words, which means each writer should average at least 1,667 words a day. Not too bad, actually.

I have heard the argument that 50,000 words is closer to a novella than a novel, but most of my first drafts come in short–around 60,000 words, with more words added in the editing stages, so NaNoWriMo is a great goal for me. (Check out my NaNo profile if you want to see more.)

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My stats page, not counting words written today, 11/10.

Ten days in, we should all have about 17k words, and I am right on pace–if I had until the end of the month. Unfortunately, I am a little short on time the end of the month. Hubby is coming up the day before Thanksgiving and we are packed with family stuff until we leave to (finally) go back to NC over the weekend. So, my 50K really needs to be done by November 24th. I guess it is time to start doubling up on those word counts, huh? 😉

Are you NaNoing? How are you doing this month? How do you deal with the holiday thrown in? Do you try to finish before, or do you write straight through the holiday weekend? 💜

Did I Say That…Out Loud?

Yesterday was an awesome writing day. My main character, Hope, stumbled across a dead body. Of course, it was someone she knew, and she may not have taken it well. 😉

In addition to writing almost three thousand words, I took the dog to the groomers, taking advantage of the time she was gone to clean the entire house without a twenty-pound puff-ball under foot.

As my husband was about to leave work, I sent him a text.

2857 words and a dead body, plus a clean house. Not a bad day! 😉

2857 words and a dead body, plus a clean house. Not a bad day! 😉

My first thought after I hit send was I hope no one is standing close enough to be able to read that. Which, of course, I tweeted.

I find myself having that thought more and more often lately. Whether it is a text to my husband or a conversation about poisons over breakfast in a crowded restaurant, I seem to forget that not everyone kills people off — only on paper (or screen), of course — on a regular basis.

Image courtesy of Simon Howden at

Image courtesy of Simon Howden at

The looks I have gotten in restaurants, stores, and other public places. Of course, it is not like I am quiet, either. My voice carries.  Hubby is convinced that someone is going to call the cops one day.

As long as they don’t check my internet search history, I should be OK. 😉


Do you have a tendency to forget where you are when engrossed in conversation as I do? Send someone a text, then think I hope their boss isn’t standing right next to them? Please share! 🙂

Lending a Helping Hand

One of my favorite thing about my community theatre group, CAST, is the family atmosphere.  My mom, dad, brother, and I all performed in my first show with this awesome group in 1996. Today, my husband and I perform together each year. We are joined by many other families, both on stage and behind the scenes.


By spending so much time together (three to four days a week from January through late April, early May), the theatre group becomes a family. By this time of year, we are acting like a close family, with love, friendship, laughter, and yes, even an occasional disagreement.  😉 Read More

Sleepy Productivity

As I said on Friday, Hubby and I took a 4-day weekend to celebrate our anniversary and his birthday.  As lovely and relaxing as the weekend was, I always find it more difficult to get back in the swing of things coming off of a long weekend, and it is even worse when there are two long weekends in a row.  🙂 Read More

Friends is WHAT?!?!?!?!

Several months ago I came across a Friends marathon that seemed to go on forever (it was on for days). As there was very little else on television, I kept it on the TV pretty much 24 hours a day.

This was actually a good thing for my productivity.  I have seen every episode (many times), so I can tune it out.  It just became background noise, which is good for someone who can’t work or sleep it total silence. Read More

Guest Post by Shay Fabbro

I am thrilled to have a guest post from that awesome Shay Fabbro today! Shay recently released the second book in her YA series,  Twisted Reflections.  I was privileged to be able to read the story prior to publication, and I can honestly say I loved this book!

For more about this series, check out my review of the first book in the series, Dangerous Reflections, over at Writing on the Rocks.

In addition to her newly-released novel, Shay has also recently announced some great news regarding her sci-fi Portals of Destiny series, which you can check out on her site.

Here are a few of Shay’s thoughts on her YA series, the Adventures of Alexis Davenport: Read More