Plunging into Editing

Plunging into Editing

Every winter hundreds of people all over the world willingly dive into a frozen body of water. Insane, right? It’s called the polar bear plunge and it’s done in the name of charity.  I admire these brave and generous souls. It must be scary, not to mention extremely uncomfortable, to strip down to your skivvies and run full tilt into an icy lake. This winter I will be taking a different sort of plunge. Instead of diving into frigid water,…

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The Editing Spiral

The Editing Spiral

Today I woke up with a lot of determination to push forward on editing my novel.  I was fantasizing about sending my manuscript to a publisher, creating cover art, turning my series into a trio of Hollywood Blockbuster movies, appearing on morning talk shows, translating my books into Spanish and German and Mandarin, choosing a voice actor for the audiobook…then I remembered I’m not even halfway through editing my first draft.  Serious reality check. Still, I got to work, determined…

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Another Year, Another Dream

Another Year, Another Dream

January has arrived! Cue the resolution making, SMART goal setting, and freezing rain (at least in Minnesota). Freezing rain aside, I love January. After surviving the holidays and end of year busyness I like to treat myself to a month of indoor activities like books, hot cocoa, cozy blankets, and naps. Oh yeah, and writing of course. As a writer, January fills me with the excitement of the blank page waiting to be filled. It marks a new chapter wherein…

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My Top Ten Books of 2016

My Top Ten Books of 2016

Can you believe it is almost 2017?!?!  I feel like the older I get the faster time seems to go – which is a bit alarming when I think about it.  2016 has been a great year though between the start up of Silverskypress, winning NaNoWriMo for the second year in a row, and making some serious headway on my novel who could ask for more? Well lucky me, I got more because I also read some really amazing books…

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The End: Killing the First Draft

The End: Killing the First Draft

Guess what? I finished the first draft of my first novel!!!! I have 90,00 words of a somewhat coherent story. How does it feel you ask? It feels flippin’ great. But it took forever. 1.5 years to be exact. One of the hardest things about being a writer is actually finishing that first draft. We often linger on the details, editing as we go, which in many cases causes us to burn out and quit. That’s what almost happened to me!…

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Welcome to December

Welcome to December

Welcome to December!  We made it! #party #nanowrimoisover #whyamIusinghashtags Whether you had a wonderful NaNoWriMo experience or a terrible one – it’s over! Hopefully, you learned something, or grew as a writer or even got a finished draft as a result of all your hard work.  No matter what you should be proud of yourself.  Even if you wrote one word and then dried up, that’s still progress.   November was quite the roller-coaster of a month for me.  Day…

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Am I Crazy to Attempt NaNoWriMo?

Am I Crazy to Attempt NaNoWriMo?

The NaNoWriMo season is nearly upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I am not ready. Not at all, and I’m beginning to wonder…Am I crazy to attempt NaNoWriMo? Where will I ever find time to write an average of 1,667 words a day?!? I’m too dang busy. But isn’t everyone busy? And isn’t the inherent craziness of NaNoWriMo exactly why we love it? I think many of us face the same problem when it comes to our…

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The Way of the Zine: Lessons from the Literary Underground

The Way of the Zine: Lessons from the Literary Underground

Hello everyone, thanks for checking out my post about the great lit events happening this fall. As promised I’m here today to tell you all about the obscurely awesome literary genre known as zines. I kicked off fall with my favorite literary festival: The Twin Cities Zine Fest. TCZF is an annual celebration of zine culture in the Twin Cities and this latest fest marked 12 years of awesomeness. It’s a place for local zinesters to show off their self-published works and for fans…

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What to Write for NaNoWriMo

What to Write for NaNoWriMo

Wow we are halfway through October!  That is just crazy – especially because it means…NaNoWriMo 2016 is almost here! Hopefully all you plotters out there have been prepping your November project for months, and hopefully you pansters have been working on your projects too.  Or, you might be like me – coming to the realization that you need to get a move on if you are going to make NaNoWriMo 2016 happen. I’ll be honest with you all.  After NaNoWriMo…

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Leaves are Falling and the Books are Calling

Leaves are Falling and the Books are Calling

Ah…Fall in Minnesota! There’s a new chill in the air, a new crispness to the apples, and a new pumpkin-spice monstrosity everywhere you look, and I mean everywhere. I’ve seen yogurt, gum, hummus, and, I kid you not, dog treats. Don’t believe me? Look what I found at Trader Joe’s: Yes, we all have our reasons to love the autumnal season. I’m not a fan of pumpkin-spice myself (or the ridiculous products it ends up in), but I do love fall, and…

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