For the Love of Updates – Part 3



The New Year is upon us, but can you believe January 2018 is almost finished? I thought this was the perfect time to divulge what I’ve been up to. Quite a lot of exciting things happened at the close of 2017, so here’s a recap:

Querying Vanity:  Yes, my steampunk ghost story is off in the query trenches! I’m anxious to hear back from some hopeful replies from amazing agents and publishers. I’ve learned that typing “THE END” on my final draft has only been the beginning. However, I’m beyond thrilled that I’m now one step closer to getting Vanity into your hands soon!

Participated in NaNoWriMo 2017:  Last November marked my first attempt at NaNoWriMo. It provided a great distraction while waiting to hear back on queries. I didn’t finish my first draft as intended, but oh my goodness, I’m really excited for this next sci-fi trilogy of mine. Book One that I’ve entitled “Project Gen 2.24” is set in the near future about a coder named Adam whose skills are put to the test to save humanity from the sinister plans of a cyborg. As his work begins, Adam discovers his role in the project is much larger than his binary commands. Don’t worry, I’ll entice you more with this later.

Our Family Grew:  From following me on social media, some of you may know I gave birth to our third and final child in December. While writing is a great passion of mine, I can say with certainty that welcoming our daughter was the best way to end 2017. We are enjoying getting to know her and look forward to seeing her personality blossom.

Beyond a recap, I also want to share with you some goals/expectations for 2018. Here’s what I have in store for you:

Sign to publish Vanity:  A major goal of mine this year is to successfully sign to get my debut novel out into the world. While I know the publishing game involves a lot of waiting, I’m optimistic my querying will not go to waste. I’ll keep you posted on any details that I can!

Finish Project Gen 2.24:  Quite the ambitious one, aren’t I? For some writers, a break from writing one manuscript before beginning another is needed. But what is a writer to do when a new story is begging to be written? My outline has been crafted, I’ve gotten several chapters written, and I have one awesome critique partner cheering me on. With that combo, I’m looking forward to cranking out this story that has been sitting on the sidelines for too long.

More Blogs and Writing Prompts:  Part of December 2017 was dedicated to revamping and brainstorming my future blogging schedule. As such, I’ve felt compelled to include a way to give back to the writing community. One of my favorite things to do is to encourage other writers, especially when writer’s block seems to surface in others. As such, I’m going to be posting writing prompts that I’m calling Spark Prompts. Did you know my idea for Vanity came about all because of a simple writing prompt? I hope you’ll join in the fun! You’ll be able to share your own responses or enjoy reading what my mind comes up with. Either way, it will give you a break from scrolling through social media feeds while waiting in line, right? 😉


I think those are all the updates at this time. How did 2017 fare for you? What are you goals for 2018? Feel free to share in the comments. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to as well.

Until next post,



For the Love of Updates – Part 2

It’s time for some updates!  There have been a number of changes since I last gave you an update on my life.  I’m happy to mention there are three big updates regarding my reading, my writing, and a personal update.  (Scroll down to Number 3 if you’re short on time because it’s my most exciting update. *wink* ) Let’s get started!

  1. My Reading. As part of studying the craft of writing, I’ve been alternating between reading fiction and nonfiction. I finished a fantastic YA fantasy book called SINKING by the lovely and talented Sarah Armstrong-Garner. I’ll be posting my full review of it tomorrow, so be sure to check it out!  I’m almost done with Stephen King’s ON WRITING and let me say, if you are a writer, GO READ HIS BOOK!  His life story is inspiring enough, and King discloses his tips and tricks on how he has had success in the writing world.  He’s named King for a reason.
  2. My Writing. My WIP (work in progress) for my debut novel VANITY is still coming along. I’ve made some revisions after having feedback from beta readers which has been such a blessing because it means I’m perfecting this story just for you, my dear reader.  Like any investment, editors can be pricey, so I’ve been working extra in my daytime job to save money to send my story to an editor for review.  I’m hopeful I’ll have the means to send my manuscript to an editor this coming fall.  Once I get my manuscript back and make some revisions, it will be my turn to brave the query trenches… DUH – DUH – DUH!  In the meantime, I’ve also been gearing up for attempting NaNoWriMo this November for the first time.  (Feel free to join me!) I’ll be blogging throughout my experience to let you know how it goes.
  3. A Personal Update. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?  I figured this would be the best way to tell you my exciting news…


Yay!  My family and I are so excited for this bundle of joy.  After our loss last October, I struggled with patience and wondered if our clan was complete.  It was a reminder that sometimes you can do everything right and things can still end up wrong.  I was also reminded that holding onto hope can bring us experiences that supersede our well-thought-out plans.


What have you been up to?  Any personal updates to share?  Let me know in the comment section.

Until next post,


For the Love of Updates




Let me start by saying that I have a busy life with minimal breaks.  Sound familiar?  Even with a routine, it seems as though there is always some kind of chaos albeit “controlled” chaos…for the most part.  Living this way could lend me the right to use excuses for why I’m not yet a published author.  However, that is not the case at the moment.

Over the past few months, I’ve been writing a steampunk ghost story.  It had started off with the intent of a writing exercise idea I had.  Before I knew it, I was writing an outline that led to character profiles and several chapters.  I was planning on writing the final five chapters of my rough draft this month, yet life rarely sticks with our plans.

I was sitting by a fire one late afternoon.  Looking through my notebook, I was excited and anxious to have my draft completed.   While gazing into the twisted flames, I thought to myself, It’s not done.

It was then I began expanding my plot, creating new characters and their back stories while shifting the reader’s focus all for the sake of ensuring the full message of the story was conveyed.  I’d like to place the published version in your hands right now solely because I’m so excited for you to read it!  Instead, I’ll leave you with a quote from the story:  “We all have a past that haunts us…”  Eerie right?

On a personal note, I’m happy to say I’ve unlocked an achievement in my fitness goals.  This week I learned during the past four weeks of a disciplined diet and exercise program, I’ve lost 7 pounds and some inches!  *bursts into happy dance*  Has it been easy?  Oh gosh no.  Did I achieve the end result I wanted in four weeks?  Absolutely not.  Will I continue with it?  You bet I will.

I’ve not only changed my outlook of fitness, but I’ve also transformed the way I see food.  My success has been rooted in finding an exercise I love and surrounding myself with people who encourage me to succeed.  And like the saying goes, I am also choosing to eat to live, not live to eat.  What exactly is my diet and fitness plan?  Message me or comment below if you’re dying to know and I’ll tell ya.  🙂

Lastly, spring is here which means… poison oak is popping up like crazy on our property.  It’s a weekend task to tackle in our near future.  With so many plans for our land (including finally getting goats!), I really want to eliminate the poison oak now as we transition our home into a homestead.  Got any tried and true methods of getting rid of this nasty stuff?  Let me know.

It’s now back to the craziness of everyday life and making sure I continue to write.  To my fellow writers, write on.  And to all of you, happy reading.

Here’s to the next post,