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Imperfectly Perfect: How To Let Go Of Your ‘Ideal Self’ And Be A Happier Person Today!

My whole life I have tried to be the perfect person. In second grade, I was the math whiz who only missed one question the entire year. In fourth grade, I was hated by the teacher, because I was so far ahead of her class, she had to find random things for me to do. …

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Writing Saved Her Life (And It Can Save Yours, Too!)

Writing saved me. That might seem overly dramatic to you (especially if you know me), but it’s true. If it weren’t for writing, and blogging, specifically, I would not be here today. If It Weren’t For Writing, I Would Not Be Here Today About 7 months ago I went through a pretty life-changing event. An illness …

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Procrastination Is That Friend That You Hate To See But Love To Party With

I’ve got so much stuff to do. I should be working on my manuscript, working on my pitch for said manuscript for an upcoming writer’s conference, tackle various freelance design jobs, organize a class I’m teaching at a said writer’s conference, keeping my house at human occupation levels, and oh yeah, I’ve got an 8-5 …

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I Can Say “Nipple Clamps” Here, Right?

Just what are nipple clamps for anyway? It’s a post-Fifty Shades of Grey world, and there is a huge demand for super-sexy romantic novels. Authors work hand over fist to supply readers with what they want, and as a freelancer, I copy edit a lot of erotic romance. What does a copy editor do? Nitpick, …

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3 Everyday Horrors That Will Never Get Their Own Movie

October is here, and with the crisp weather and the promise of Halloween on the wind comes the traditional horror movie marathons. We watch in giddy anticipation of the hapless hero stumbling upon a murder in progress. Then we yell at the screen when they idiotically run upstairs instead of outside to the already running …

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What To Do When Your Muse Is A Dirty Prostitute

If you’d known me when I was thirteen, you would’ve known three things: First, I wanted to be the first female to play in the NBA. Second, I wanted to be the first female President of the United States. Life experience acting as the killer of idealism, I abandoned my presidential dreams, but who knows, …

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Grammarly is Pretty Cool

I use Grammarly to check grammar online because it’s better than having my grandma proofread my erotic novels for me. I kid, I kid! I love having my grandma proofread those. 🙂 A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Grammarly. They asked me to try out their service and write a review. So, …

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Just Read

It’s banned books week, and that makes both happy and sad. It makes me happy to know that we as a society care enough about reading and free speech to devote a whole week to the books others are trying to ban, but it makes me sad to know those people trying to ban books …

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Jealous

I know how to write, and that’s a good skill to have. But–I’ve always wished I could draw. Sure, I can draw a flamingo, and I can write tempera paint a sign with the best of them. But, that’s really the extent of it. The thing is, I am SO jealous of people have that …

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April Review

Don’t forget that the contest to win an autographed copy of The Splendor Falls is still going on! If you haven’t left a comment to win, get over there and do that! It’s that time. The time where I waste an entire day’s worth of blog posting to wrap up the month. You know, though–it …

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Blog Break #AmWriting

That’s right, I just used a twitter hashtag in the title of my post. Let’s just move past that, shall we? I am going to spend the rest of the week getting my book into shape so I can send it off to beta readers. But, I need two things from you… (What, you thought …

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Giving Up

Last week I did an interview over at Elana Johnson’s blog, and one of her questions was how often have I wanted to give up. I was pretty honest and admitted that there have been more than one or two times along y little writerly journey that I’ve really just wanted to say screw it …

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March Review

As part of my goal to blog more this year, I decided to break it down month by month so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed with the idea of blogging every day of the year. So far, it’s been pretty successful–except that I haven’t actually made it an entire month with a blog post every week …

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The Love, Um- Bow Tie?

**If you’re visiting from the lovely Elana Johnson’s Blog today. Well, Howdy! Thanks for Stopping by. But, if you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about then click here to read her interview with me. Thanks Elana!** Okay, so you all know how perplexed I am about the love triangle. (For those of you …

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Anatomy of a Blog Post

Today, I’m going to do something special*… I’m going to let you in on how I put together a blog post. This isn’t the way I always do it, but this is what usually works for me. This is what gets comments and retweets on twitter. And, if we’re being completely honest, isn’t that what …

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Know Your Audience…

This weekend my husband and I took our daughter to the Casa Manana children’s theater. We have season tickets that my mother-in-law gets us every year. All in all they are awesome. I was wowed by their production of Treasure Island, I cried when Charlotte climbed up to her web for that last time, when …

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Changing the Rules Mid-Game

All this talk about grammar rules yesterday really got me to thinking… When I was younger, I was one of those kids who would make up a game for everyone to play, and then change the rules right in the middle of it just because I didn’t think it was working the way I wanted …

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February Review

Okay, first off–Holy Crap February was short. How am I sitting here writing my monthly wrap up post? So, let’s start with the writing. I’m still hard at work on my gamer girl book, but it’s not finished. So, writing is well, but nothing exciting to announce or anything. Daughter is loving the new preschool. …

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My Feet Stink…

So much so that I made an informative graphic: Now that I’ve just come out there and admitted it, I feel much better. I hate socks, and I hate shoes more. If I could just wear flip flops year round I would, but it’s been like snowing in Texas so that’s not really an option …

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Jobs I Had Before I Was a Writer

The thing about writers is, until we figure out that we’re actually supposed to spend our lives living in make believe lands and telling pretend stories–we are a little lost. So, we work some pretty interesting jobs. What’s so great about those experiences, though is that they give us a chance to see and learn …

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5 People I’d Beat Up

I’ve been thinking a lot about super powers lately. Yeah, I know that most of you probably don’t spend a lot of your spare time sitting around thinking about what you’d do if you had special powers. (Or maybe you do, and that’s why you’re here. In that case, wanna go for coffee? I’m buying.) …

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You Remind Me Of the Babe…

That’s one of those quotes that you instantly know. I mean, right? I assume you know what movie that comes from, or seriously, we can’t be friends. Actually, pretty much the second I hear it, I have to do a youtube search and watch the part again. But, because I am such a good friend, …

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Win an Autographed Book!

If you’re like me, you love books, but you love books signed by the author EVEN more. (Seriously, it’s like my guilty pleasure to go and look at my signed books on the shelves in the family room, it makes me so happy to see someone write their name on that inside page!) So, in …

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Are You Wearing A Bolo Tie?

Okay, so here’s the thing. I’m from Texas. You know, the Lone Star State. Now, it’s important that you know there are some cowboys here, we do have a lot of trucks, and there is the occasional hoedown. But Texas is more than that. Dallas is a freakin’ technological mecca, we have some really great …

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Holla!

Let me set the scene for you: It’s a chilly morning at a Target in a high end neighborhood. (Not the place I live, but you know–the place I drive to so my kid can get a fancy education.) The red-shirted cashier turns to the lady in front of me with a fake smile on …

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Revising Reminds Me of Moving

Right now I am pretty much the busiest I have ever been. I am working back and forth a little with my agent of awesomeness on my book, my kid is doing the usual thing–dance classes, preschool, playgroups, etc., and oh yeah WE’RE MOVING. We’ve been packing and cleaning out closets, storage bins, etc. It’s …

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Revisions

Revisions are a part of every author’s life. You write a story, and when you’re writing it, you absolutely fall in love with the whole thing. It’s the greatest thing ever written, and then you go back and read through it–whoa. It’s pretty crappy. So, you go through again, and make it suck less. You …

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Self Doubt and Suckage

This writing thing’s a tough gig. You write a story–polish it until your eyes go crosseyed, and then query it to fabulous agents that you know can champion your book with the best of them. It’s all very exciting and fun-filled. But, then you wait…. …and you wait…. … and just when you thought you …

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Past or Present

Okay, I’ve had my book in both past and present tense, and I am STILL not sure which one is the way to go… so I have the first few lines written BOTH ways for your viewing pleasure. <br /> <a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1676901/” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1676901/”>Should Sketch McGee be written in past or present tense?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com” …

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Editing is Delicious…

I LOVE editing, I mean seriously. Writing the story is one thing, but shaping it into something fabulous and wonderful makes me so happy. Sketch is fun to edit, but it’s difficult as well. I didn’t feel like my family of villains was bad enough… so now I need some super swankalicious high powered gadgets …

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My Saved By the Bell Moment.

I’ve been getting really into facebook lately, and I recently friended someone from high school that was on the drumline with me. That’s right, I was a bona-fide band geek. I lived for marching season, and it was straight up the most fun ever. I lived for marching season, and honestly… I was pretty cute …

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WiP Wednesday #4

24105 / 65000 words. 37% done! I officially made it past the 20k mark in my book! I feel like that is such a milestone. It’s when the book kind of starts gluing itself together and revealing all it’s juicy secrets to you. You start to fall in love with all the right characters, and …

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WiP Wednesday #3

15046 / 65000 words. 23% done! Oh Snap!  Look at me! I hit the 15k word mark, and let’s face it, that just makes me a total pimp, right? I have been hard at work with good ‘ol Sketch McGee, and I love the twist the story has taken. Her super power has become more …

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Meet Sketch!

Okay, so in my mind… Sketch is so much cooler when she’s all cartoon character’d out. So I found this on the internet, played around to make it super sketch… and now I have her! I love her!  It’s so perfect! I just think this is total Sketch McGee. I have been writing like a …

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Work in Progress Wednesday #3

9088 / 80000 words. 11% done! Well,that isn’t too bad!  Despite the fact that I am apparently a crazy nutcase this week, I did actually get some writing done. Look at that!  It’s more than ten percent, so that makes me happy!  I really like where the story is going so far, too. I love …

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