To Shelve or Not to Shelve that Manuscript

To shelve or not to shelve. Not only is that the question, but it’s a heartbreaking one. If you’re not familiar with the term, in author world, shelving a manuscript means the author has effectively called it quits on getting that project published. Sometimes, an author may shelve a near complete manuscript because they realize…

Horror Themes That Haunt Me

Spooky season isn’t spooky season if horror movies aren’t involved, right?  To close out this fantastic month—and in the spirit of the grueling in-progress edits on my young adult horror novel, HUNGERS THE FOREST—I’d like to share my favorite horror sub-genres and themes, along with my top-rated movies from each one. Let’s get into it!…

Giving Life to Faulty Memories

What would you say is the best remedy for a faulty memory? A diary? A photo album? Home movies? Whatever it is you are currently reading this blog post on? You could make a solid argument for all of these, but today I want to talk about that last one. Or rather, something that you…

Incentivizing Pesky Writing Goals

Is it just me, or did summer in the northern hemisphere fly by? One moment, it’s June and I’m posting  about my new tattoos, and the next, we’re into September. I planned to be MIA from my website for a couple of months, and I like to think you noticed my absence. No need to…

The Permanence of Tattoos and Tales

Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a break from taking a break *raises hand* Yes, that was me last week, and especially over the weekend. I’m supposed to be on a lengthy social media break, but I felt the need to pop back in for a bit, despite the fact that I didn’t accomplish…

Finding the Positive in Influencer Culture

I recently made a Twitter thread that I threatened to turn into a blog post—a thread threat if you will—and here it is. And ironically, it’s about Twitter itself. And Instagram. And Tik-Tok. And any of the other social media tools we use, or in some cases avoid, these days. It all started with a…

When Self-Promotion Becomes Self-Distraction

I recently debuted new branding and a redesigned website for my online author platform. Not to brag (okay, totally to brag), but I think it looks great. It captures the genre and spirit of my writing. The “glow-up” has been a long time coming, as I’ve never been completely happy with the elegant but boring…

My Website Glow-Up!

At long last – I’m excited to announce my Glow-Up!  And when I say “my,” I mean my online presence. If you regularly read my posts via my website or even visit (darest I dream it…?) on a regular basis, you’ve probably already noticed it for yourself.  But for followers who read my posts via…

How to Pick Your Next WIP

I’m done. Finished. Finito. It’s a wrap on “final” edits to my middle grade novel. I’m now a query critique-and-revision cycle away from sending it back out to agent slush piles. I can’t do much more to get this book noticed, represented and published, so short of edits requested by an acquiring editor, I’m calling…

Breaking the Shelfie Optic

I have a confession: I wince when fellow authors post their shelfies—photos of their glorious bookshelves, filled top to bottom with volumes of literary treasures. Not because I hate seeing them but because my own shelfie would be appallingly, even embarrassingly, lacking. I love books. I love buying them. I love reading them. I especially…