Crafting FictionI have a relationship with writing, and it's mostly good. Sometimes, I am consistent about creating chapters, and sometimes... I am not. Like all relationships, writing takes time, dedication, reflection, and care to stay healthy. I admire writers who have found systems that work for their writing processes. Personally, I try new strategies all … Continue reading 4 Stages of Writing: A plant-based approach to creating fiction
Lyra’s Oxford Philip Pullman published his trilogy, His Dark Materials in 1995. The three main books in the series included: Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the U.S.) The Amber Spyglass The Subtle Knife Lyra’s Oxford is a companion novel to the set, along with Once Upon a Time in the North. When I was … Continue reading How One Children’s Fantasy Book Inspired Me to Rethink My Artistic Process…
For those of you who don't know, I'm a middle school teacher who is also trying to write a twelve-book fantasy saga in my spare time. It's the most amazing job in the world, as I get to work with children and their writing. To do my job correctly, I need to be efficient and … Continue reading Saturday Writing Session # 2 – Take-aways from five hours of writing
Recently, I have been working on The Witch's Uprising, the first book in my nine-novel fantasy series A Thousand Watchful Eyes. This blog post includes quotes from the series.
When the twig snapped beneath her left foot, Aurelia felt the world shift. Her heart palpitated - the hoof-beat thump of a seasoned warrior filling her chest. Before she could make a decision, before she could swing the sword, the wind blew across her face, and the man turned. She had seconds to act - seconds!
A few years ago, my fiancé and I traveled to England. Whitby stood out as one of the most picturesque locations I have ever seen in my life. Yorkshire, as a whole, is very beautiful. Here are nine photographs of Whitby that served as inspiration for the novels in my young adult fantasy series A Thousand … Continue reading Photographs of Whitby – Seaside Ruins and Inspiration for a YA Fantasy Series
When can we read the first installment of The Staghorn Crown? This fantasy serial novella will be released for Patrons on November 2nd, 2017 - earlier for Gilded Armor Patrons. If you are curious about any future installments of The Staghorn Crown, the Patron Calendar is now up and running with a list of major dates and important events.
My Novel-Writing Journey In case you didn't know, I'm writing novels. In fact, I'm writing twelve. Each of the twelve novels are connected by one large, overarching story. Within the saga, there are two main storylines: The Staghorn Crown Quintet and A Thousand Watchful Eyes. Readers can enjoy each series separately, but the story is richer if read as a … Continue reading 8 Simple Ways You Can Help Me Publish My Twelve-Novel Saga
While working on a novel is the thrilling, the process is often fraught with little challenges. For example, finding the correct title for the book, section titles for the book's major divisions, or the simply picking names for each character and town are often difficult tasks. Rushing the process is never a good idea; however, … Continue reading The Witch’s Uprising – Making Noteworthy Titles for Young Adult Novels and Middle Grade Lit
A few years ago, while working with students to create real and believable characters, I came up with an idea for forming a short story contest at our school. The contest involved creating a piece of flash fiction, no longer than a page. Students were asking how to develop a character and a story in … Continue reading Where have the posts been? What is “A Thousand Watchful Eyes”?