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3 Reasons Why Every Writer Needs a Dog

  It is in my opinion that every writer or artist would benefit having a pet of some kind, though a dog would be the best (I'm biased, of course, because I have a dog).
These are the reasons why a dog is the best pet for a writer.
1. Exercise gets the blood pumping, when the blood pumps, the brain gets more oxygen, when the brain gets more oxygen, it is easier to think, when it is easier to think, your imagination explodes in delightful ways.
When you have a dog, you are practically required to exercise because your dog needs to be walked.
2. Dogs are the best secret keepers (unless you're hiding from someone).
I was told in March to keep my new project to myself and not tell anyone about it because it steals the magic and intrigue out of the idea. Tires it out. But I get so excited I have to tell SOMEONE. So, instead of telling people about it (who, with their best intentions, tell me what I SHOULD do in the story), I tell Belle. Not only does she keep quiet and just list…

OT: Wen "shampoo free" hair care system


Okay, so I wanted to post about Wen because I just started using it and I'm excited about it so far. So excited, I can't wait to wash my hair again.

In case you don't know, Wen is a shampoo free hair care system. It cleanses, moisturizes, and makes your hair better than ever. That's the claim anyway, in my words.

I decided to try it out because my day job work associate, the B-E-A-YOOOU-teeful Carmen (we'll call her BC for short) told me that's what she uses on her hair. BC has hair to DIE for. Seriously. It. Is. Gorgeous. And always beautiful.

So I ordered the sample pack which comes with like 5 of the different flavors of the product: Cucumber Mint, Sweet Almond Mint, Lavender, Fig, and Tea Tree.

Without further ado, here is day one of my experience.

My hair type: Fine, oily prone roots (need to wash every day), sometimes dry length (from heat styling even though I don't do a whole lot of heat styling).

The Cucumber Aloe is for oily prone hair so I…

WIPs are like relationships

I just have to say it. I love my book. My current WIP. I think about it all the time. When I lay down at night to read, I wish I was reading my book. I get excited when I think about hitting the keyboard at lunchtime (or the notebook with my pen). I long to look at it. To view my notes. To re-read what I wrote the day before. To tweak it (like kissing I suppose?). To mess around with it (insert lecherous laugh, heh heh heh). To change things here and there, but not too much yet. It's still early in the relationship.

Sure, I'm only about 40 pages in, so I know there's a long way to go and plenty of time for the novelty to wear off, and the relationship to get to that comfortable stage or even to a dreaded tolerating stage (you know, when you tolerate the other person because you've been with them so long and devoted so much of your life to them that to leave them would be silly).

But if the relationship with my WIP is anything like my marriage, I know this book will hav…

Now We're Cooking with Heat from the Shadowland Desert!

As you know, or maybe you don't know, my new WIP has the working title of "Shadowland Book One."

It is a fantasy horror, or dark fantasy, or horror with fantasy elements. However you'd like to cateogorize that. The majority of the book (99% I would say) takes place in a made up world called the Shadowland.

That's all you get to know about it.

However, I did want to say that today I wrote for my ENTIRE lunch break. Almost 1 hour of continuous writing. That doesn't happen all the time (though if I really set my mind to it, I can do that every day, especially during NaNoWriMo).

At any rate, I reached the top of page 21. I started at the top of page 13. My story has already deviated slightly from the road map summary I wrote. Not by much. But some unexpected things happened. Marietta is still on the right track, but instead of travelling across the desert her first day in the Shadowland alone, she has two companions who may or may not be trustworthy.

The motto of…

Proud of my BFFWC - Angela Alsaleem

I just wanted to take a moment to share a couple of awesome reviews of my dearest BFFWC (Best Friend Forever and Writerly Companion) Angela Alsaleem's book, Women Scorned.

The first review can be found here.

Another, here.

I'm so proud of her and her accomplishments! I look up to Angela and actually request permission from her when it comes to writing my own novels. She is a stunning author and person. Kind through and through. Funny, witty, clever. She is a dream. And pretty, to boot. :)

Angela inspires me. Whenever I feel like giving up, she give me a virtual slap to snap me out of my moment of sanity (for we all know writers are all insane for persuing publication by writing and any time we think "I can't do this" it's just our sanity trying to reason with our insanity). I have known her since 2007, but it feels like a life time. She is one of my soul mates. A kindred spirit. My best friend. I would not be where I am today with my writing if it weren't…

Writing Advice and the Ugliest Dog in the World

I was reading a particularly interesting blog called ROW80 (it's a challenge blog, check it out if you want! I might participate in their July challenge) and happened across this post. And it got me thinking, once again, about that person I once was who could sit down, write "the" and keep writing until "the end."

And where did that person go?

I finally figured it out. She packed up and left when I started reading all the writing books I could and trying to incorporate all of the advice I got into my writing style.

And it never worked out.

I soon learned that books on writing, that teach how to do it, that is, often tell you how the author of that particular book does it. It might work for you and it might not. Parts of it might work, other parts might not. Even seminars about writing tell you how to do it the way the teacher of the seminar does it.

When I started my new WIP, I went into it with all the goodies and techniques I learned in the Writing Boot Camp I…

My Muse has returned, again!

I guess when you're a muse you get a lot of vacation days...

Or maybe she was avoiding me because I was attempting to write a weak female character who would then grow into a strong character and that isn't my bag and apparently isn't my muse's bag either.

I scrapped everything I've written in Shadowland Book One and started new with a new angle and my muse apparently loves the new angle because she was right there, clapping her dainty hands and cheering me on! I wrote 6 pages today on my 1 hour lunch break. I haven't sat down at lunch and written for the whole 60 minutes since probably November (during NaNoWriMo I'm a lot stricter on myself because I want to get 10 years of straight wins under my belt before retiring from that whole annual fiasco. This year is year 9).

It was so awesome and I finally have true excitement for this story! I was struggling with the "weak female lead" idea because there is just too much exciting things that need to h…

Where to begin?


It has been a while, and for that I apologize. Life has a way of getting in the way sometimes.

That being said, I'm all amped up to start writing Shadowland Book 1. Super excited about scenes I have planned. Stoked about the horrible things I'm going to put my main character, Marietta, through. And stalled out when I sit in front of my computer.

Why is that? I know where this story is going. I know a lot of what needs to happen to get through the majority of it, but for some reason, when I sit down to write, nothing.

Then I remembered some sage advice I heard or read somewhere... it goes something like "don't write your beginning until you have your ending."

What the heck? How can I even begin without a beginning? Am I supposed to write the ending first and work backwards, Memento style?

No. What it means is, your ending should be foreshadowed in your beginning. Or something like that. So, for example, in what I believe to be my beginning, my two character…