Playing The Long Game

“Oh, I have many weaknesses!” – said E. Lockhart when I asked her what she struggled with most and how she navigated through those road blocks as a new writer.  The words came out so quickly, so matter-of-fact as if her writing wasn’t completely flawless and dream-like. She also said have not had. So, you’re telling me an…

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Don’t Tell Me That I Can’t

“If you don’t plan to make a career of this, don’t even bother.” That’s what a fellow writer said to me two years ago when I was given their contact just to ask for advice.  I was sitting on the first 13,000 words of my first manuscript.  No, it wasn’t complete.  I wasn’t anywhere near…

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The Quiet Ones – Here We Go!

It’s that time again that I start begging strangers to appreciate my work! The Quiet Ones started with just a flicker of one “scene” in my mind back in July 2017 and since then, has grown into my second novel that I LOVED writing.  It’s very different from We All Fall Down, which makes me…

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I’m A Fraud

Maybe it’s because for most of my adolescence my peers managed to remind me of every single flaw I had.  Ones that I didn’t even realize were flaws but just differences that either I was able to choose or not.  Regardless, I was a magnet for those who figured out how to dress and to…

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Real Fictional Characters

Character development is my absolutely FAVORITE part when it comes to starting on a new book.  Whether writing or reading, I love to see how an author chooses to introduce a character.  Molding them carefully only to reveal what they want and at the right times.  It’s a tricky process and it’s SO crucial because…

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What Happens Now?

I have no idea. I never really had a plan to be perfectly honest.  My husband and I had a discussion about what my expectations would be before I even started and I promised myself not to let my hopes get too high.  I am extremely sensitive so it’s VERY easy for me to get…

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Crossing The Finish Line!

It started as a 10-page assignment for my scriptwriting class and somehow over the course of a year, morphed into a novel.  I had to make adjustments along the way.  I’ve always loved writing but never thought I did anything worth nurturing until that professor encouraged me in a way I’ll never forget.  I did…

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Momma’s Gonna Need A Minute

Every mom needs to laugh at herself from time to time, release those endorphins and feel the tension relax as the caffeine courses though her veins, and it’s much MUCH easier to do that when they know they’re not alone.  You’re not the only one wondering whether the brown stain on your shirt is poo…

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Motivation Monday!

Today wanted to be bright and sunny – it really did.  It’s even, quite literally BRIGHT AND SUNNY!  I opened the window, watched the imaginary birds flit from flower to flower singing tunes similar to the ones in Disney movies – we will be going for a run, but I need it to warm up…

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Another Year Gone, Bye!

When I started this blog, I wanted a name that would be memorable and meaningful.  I wanted something that truly touched on who I am, what I’d like to represent and what is important to me and my brand so to speak.  I landed on JourneyLust and something about that name has been a constant…

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