Saturday, April 30, 2016


May is my favorite month of the year. Why? Yes, the days are longer and the weather is nicer. Yes, summer movie season officially begins (Hello, Civil War!) and my husband’s birthday falls during this month.

But for me, May = Vacation. Sweet, luxurious vacation.

Every year I try to make the most of May, but this year the timing couldn’t be better. I finished my YA novel a few weeks ago and I’m really excited to start on my next project. I’m also very motivated to write the first draft quickly since I know how long the revision process can be.

SO, I’ve decided to create my very own MayNoWriMo!

For anyone who doesn’t know what this crazy acronym stands for, it’s a play on the acronym NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is actually held in November of every year and it’s a BIG deal. Over 400,000 people participated last year with the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I’ve never been able to participate during November. Between the ramp up to finals week and Thanksgiving there’s just no way.

But that’s where May comes in…

This is the perfect month for me to try my hand at fast drafting. So, I figured, why not create my own version of NaNoWriMo and see how quickly I can write a first draft!**

I’ll post updates here and if anyone else is interested in joining then comment below!  We can be accountability buddies!

Here’s hoping that May turns out to be an incredibly productive month!

**FYI: I’m actually planning to extend this into the beginning of June, but MayJuNoWriMo really is too much. ;)

And here is my monthly progress picture. Hoping to blow this one out of the water next month ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Next Step

For me, writing is definitely an exercise in patience.

In the past few years, I have done a lot of things. I’ve taught 20+ college classes. I’ve gardened, crafted, and read lots of books. I’ve spent time with family and friends and have raised my son from infant to preschooler.

I also wrote a novel. 

Sometimes I wish I could add an “s” to the end of that last word. It would be so satisfying to say that I’d written multiple novels in that time. And I have done more than work on one novel. I also wrote a first draft of a MG novel, outlined another YA, and finished my first PB. But really, the vast majority of my writing time has been spent on one novel.

I hope and believe that it was time well spent.

DESCENDED FROM FATE will be arriving in agents’ inboxes very soon (well, the query will at least). Now I have to give up control and allow others to decide what happens next. But no matter what, I know I’ve made huge strides in my writing from the time I began this project to where I am now.

So, I’m excited to take this next step of querying and I’m thrilled to throw myself into my new YA contemporary set in England.  I’m still crossing my fingers that writing this next book will be enough justification to spend some time in London “researching”!

Not all of the drafts...but quite a few!

Here’s to the future!