Category Archives: Personal revelations

Meteorites and A More Diverse Protagonist

I’ve really been looking at my manuscript from a different perspective the last few weeks. I got to a point in my editing where I was satisfied. It wasn’t that I thought I was finished, but I was too close … Continue reading

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UVU Book Academy – Even better the second time.

Yesterday, I had a fantastic time at the UVU book academy in Orem Utah.  This is the second year that I’ve been able to attend. And just like last year, it was awesome. Simply the best thing about the conference … Continue reading

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WIP – The Devil’s Gate

My frist manuscript ever finished is my first love. But so far, I’ve only received rejections. And I am really okay with this. If it was easy, then I think I would have missed the point. I have started re-working … Continue reading

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Second Chances – hopefully better than the first

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Harrison Ford Second chances are really an interesting and sometimes wasteful opportunity. Half of me thinks that I waste my second chances because I … Continue reading

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Adios Prologue

After much deliberation and the help of my most recent conference – I am putting to rest my prologue.  As a reader, I love prologues – if done well.  They really can grab my attention and throw me into the … Continue reading

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Its Query or Die

The Query letter is one of the more crazy things in publishing.  I mean – right up there with your pitch. It’s so crazy that most writers hate it…or so I’ve been told. The problem is – as crazy as … Continue reading

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The First Page Battle

Who knew that the real estate on the first page was so important. I learned this, dramatically, at the Pikes Peak Writing Conference.  I was hammered during one of the critique sessions and I am glad I was. Imagine standing … Continue reading

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My First Pitch At A Conference

Disaster is the only word I could use. I was terribly nervous and under-prepared. I had spent two hours in two class preparing my pitch. They were great classes and I really worked hard on my first 3 sentences or … Continue reading

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Critiquing Group is Dreaming about my Book

I’m not really sure this is a good thing.  I received a facebook message that said that one of my critique partners awoke in the morning after having dreamt about a volcano in the mountains behind her house.  Suddenly a … Continue reading

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Jumping Between Two Stories

I am interested in learning more about changing scenes and even characters during a story. I have finished my first and second rough drafts and am now trying to put together the pieces. It seems like it is sort of … Continue reading

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