• Magic & Witchcraft,  Real Life,  Writing

    2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality

    When I started ruminating on what my intention should be for the coming year, for the first time since I embarked on this journey, I came up blank.  I tried on a lot of different intentions and goals, but none of them resonated the way it has in the past when I find the right one.  I took that as a good sign, that I didn’t have some blaring need or imbalance to address.  But still…I needed my touchstone going forward.  I need an intention.  It is the idea that I use to filter all my other plans and goals: “Does this fit my intention?” If yes, proceed.  That’s what…

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Writing Wednesday – Pay it Forward

    Congratulations to all NaNoWriMo finishers!!   It’s been a couple of weeks, so hopefully the dust has settled and you have caught up on sleep and real life and everything you let slide while you were furiously typing away.  And maybe you’re asking yourself, “Okay, I finished a book…now what?”  Or maybe you’re a veteran and already working on rewrites.  Either way, you would be crazy not to take me up on this.

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Plotting, Pantsting & Everything Inbetween

    I can’t believe it’s November already!  Many of you are probably geared up or already diving in to your NaNoWriMo projects bursting with energy and ideas.  I decided this would be a perfect time to talk about one of the things that trips up a lot of new writers: plotting. It’s an ongoing struggle, whether you’re writing your first novel, or your fifteenth, though most writers have figured out their plotting system after the first few completed books.  If you haven’t yet exactly figured out how to plot your story, or you’re like me and just collect different methods to try, or perhaps you’re not even sure what exactly this…

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    She’s a B*tch, She’s a Lover

    With Wonder Woman dominating the box office this past summer and all of the AMAZING female protagonists we have in the mainstream and blowing up the fantasy genre, I thought it a perfect time to revisit a post I wrote back in 2008.  It’s heartening to see that in less than a decade, women in fiction have come so far. Little girls have so many female heroes to look up to now!   (PS: my money is STILL on Daenerys to rule Westeros #teamfireandice #motherofdragons )  But writing a “kickass” heroine can come with some pitfalls.  Make sure you watch out for them!

  • Books,  Real Life,  Writing

    How can readers and authors fight white supremacy?

    I’ve struggled with how much I should say about politics on my author platform.  But sometimes, some things are too important to worry about how they will be received.  I’ve felt called again lately to say something.  Do something.  Anything.  It will be imperfect, I will probably stumble through it, but I will try. I’m going to broaden the topic to include diversity on the whole (sexual, ability, etc.) because this has been a hot topic in the publishing industry the past few years and what I will say here applies to that general conversation.

  • Books,  Updates,  Writing,  Zyne Legacy

    A Very Bookish Summer Update

    Wow, this summer is flying by! Maybe that’s par for the course when I have a new release, and I’m kinda digging that I’m staying so busy (it helps keep me focused) but also a little worried as my deadline for my next book is approaching a lot faster than my word count is growing (eep!).  But, I have had a LOT of stuff going on, and August is going to be a writing month for me, with as little distractions as possible. Quick Summer Re-Cap:   Wild Heart had a fabulous release, and spent over 30 days on the top 100 list for my category! Rain of Ash got…