My Musings

Musings – a period of reflection or thought; an act of recalling past events.

Enter, if you will, into my world of inspiration, ideas, or just some crazy daydreaming. Be warned, many people have gone in; not many have survived.

The Identity Quest

“All you do is eat, sleep, and watch TV.” Those were the words from my firstborn, Tyler, his senior year of high school.

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The Writing Challenge

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch Are you familiar with NaNoWriMo? I had no clue.

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My, What Lovely Adjectives You Have

I sat in the back row of my first-ever continuing education class called Writing for Fun. A lady in her nineties gave us writing prompts.

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Stephen King And A Lesson In Authenticity

I’m a mother of two boys who loves Star Wars and Marvel—stories where good prevails over evil, and a knight in not-so-shiny armor thinks he rescued the girl.

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Inspiration Strikes

For the past three years, I’ve spent every morning throwing the ball to my dog, Gunner. I’ve endured the rain, snow, and wind, checking my

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The Magic Of Pandaren

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Strength, the ability to fly, invisibility? The desire to be special lies in all of

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Do You Suffer From Self-Doubt?

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath As an aspiring author, having finished my first novel and entering the world of agents and

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Feeling Stuck?

“You can’t edit a blank page.” (Jodi Picoult) Have you ever felt stuck? Maybe with a creative project, a fitness program, trapped in a job

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Show, Don’t Tell

“Show the readers everything. Tell them nothing.” (Ernest Hemingway) In the writer’s world, there aren’t necessarily rules but guidelines, unless you are Stephen King or J.

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Boost Your Confidence

“Confidence does not come from dreaming. It comes from doing.“ Jerry Jenkins (author of the Left Behind series).

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Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

Part of the grueling writing process is revision, which means cutting. Many times an author needs to remove a scene or character they love because it simply doesn't work for the overall story.

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My Own Worst Enemy

My Own Worst Enemy

In writing, one of the first things I learned was a story must have tension. In fact, author C.S. Laken teaches about four main pillars of a story and one of those is “conflict with high stakes.“

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