CWC – From the Other Side

This weekend has been a really interesting experience for me in my working with CWC as a Story Coordinator. It seems forever ago, but was probably only about a month ago, when Laura asked me if I would like to participate as a writer for CWC’s second collaboration ‘Ambition.’ Of course I said I would… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #3: Semicolon, the Mouth Breather

The ever-dreaded semicolon, I believe, is one of the English language’s most misunderstood and misused facets of punctuation. Awkward, yes. Frustrating, yes. And I called it the “Mouth Breather” because no matter what I do (ignore it or flatter it with use), it’s always there lurking behind me, distracting me with hot, stinky breath on… Read More

Let’s Meet for Tea

That’s the response I got from Shea Smith, director of Nevada City’s apothecary and sustainable herbalism shoppe, HAALo. Even before we moved to California, one of the things I was most excited about exploring was the apothecary in our neighboring town, which would only be a ten minute drive from our new house. Then once… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #2: Who’s Saying What?

I have had a total of five different manuscripts from five different authors go through my hands since Monday, and I found one consistent thing in all of them that made me think about another tip to give when editing your own work. Sometimes we get so caught up in the writing that we don’t… Read More

My DeLorean is a Sushi Restaurant

This weekend my husband and I decided to take a little detour into Truckee, a mountain town down the highway from where we live, to try out a new sushi restaurant that our friends had highly recommended. With a name like ‘Drunken Monkey’, we knew that it had to be good. So we sat outside… Read More

CWC Pilot Project, ‘The Concierge’ Has Been Published!

This is very exciting! I’ve published a good handful of posts about CWC and the process of being a Story Coordinator for a wonderful team of writers on the Sci-Fi Project ‘Ark’. But today marks a huge stepping stone in the success and exposure of Collaborative Writing Challenge, and I’m focusing on that. The Concierge,… Read More

CWC Sci-Fi Project: #3

The Sci-Fi Project at Collaborative Writing Challenge finally has a name! Introducing: Ark Interstellar space travel is still a new reality for Earth. Dr. Dirk Forret, the nerdy, uptight planetary zoologist, returns to his scientific research vessel, the Ark, after a short walk on the planet Santelli Minor. Dirk’s pride in his precious ship is… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #1: Everything Needs to Go

I have somehow managed to make the time to turn my editing services upon myself, and there is so much more to learn that way. It surprised me, and then I wanted to share some tips to correct one of the largest problems I’m facing in my own work right now. My fantasy novel Daughter of… Read More