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All Aboard! : #AtoZChallenge

This year I’m attempting the A to Z Challenge again. I’ve tried it before with varying levels of success. This time around, I’m also doing with this with #StoryDam a Twitter chat that discusses writing on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EDT.  This month I’ll be talking about writing, maybe doing a flash fiction or two, and possibly poetry. The Challenge is a simple one- write on a theme that starts with a corresponding letter of the alphabet for that day.

All Aboard

Today is the first day, so we’re starting with “A” : All Aboard! This is going to be just a short announcement post. I’m also doing Camp NaNoWriMo again this year. Camp NaNo is a challenge for the months of April and July where you set your writing goals and work hard to achieve them. In April I’ll be editing Blood Rose and Honeysuckles. I’ll also be starting a rough draft for a cozy mystery idea that I have floating around in my mind. There will definitely be some crossover in my update posts and my A to Z Challenge posts. All Aboard this journey of writing madness! I have a lot going on, but it’s definitely going to be worth in the end.

Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge as well? Doing Camp NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments!


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Write a Story With Me!

Hey everyone, it’s been ages since I’ve written anything on the blog. Takes a minute to blow off the cobwebs. I’ve been concentrating more on writing long-form things. Such as creating The Appalachian Terror Trail and working on that short story anthology. And just last week I finished the rewrite of Blood Roses and Honeysuckles, which was an incredible relief, let me tell you. I was afraid I would never be able to say “The End.” Of course now I’ll be going back and working on editing, editing editing…



Tonight, I wanted to start a possible series, you’ll have to tell me if you’d want to do that. This is all about writing a short story with me. Not everyone enjoys writing  a short story, but in my opinion, it’s a great way to stretch your writing muscles. You have a very confined space to tell the tale. There’s not a lot of wiggle room. It’s an interesting challenge and a lot of fun if you give yourself that freedom.

We do a very bare boned start here.  We talked about it in a very general way to give you as much wiggle room as you want. I didn’t want this to be restrictive. I also didn’t give any specifications to genre and most plot points. Here’s the list of things we parceled out that you’d use to write the short story. Shoutout to Angela for helping me to figure it out!

Main character description:

  • Female,
  • teenager (possibly 16-17)
  • She’s more of a country girl than a city slicker.
  • Sassy, Independent, Likes to control things
  • Birthday: Aug. 15th


  • Male
  • Teenager
  • Sensitive, Holds a Grudge, Petty
  • He tries to paint her as the town villain.

They’ve had a rivalry since childhood.

Setting: Town’s biggest party

Theme: Anti-Valentine’s Day. To read the #writestuff event with more info, check it out here.

Conflict: Something will happen between them.

Genre: Open

Like I said, a very loosely sketched out story base. This is more of an exercise to see what we can do with some of the same information and how different it can be. And here’s the video if you’d like to check it out. In it, I discuss what #writestuff it, why reading instructions for anthologies are important, and more. (Also, ignore the bra strap. I love this top, but it’s unruly and makes moves on me.):


Thanks so much for watching, let me know in the comments if you want to take up the challenge!

Aloha y’all! 

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My Writing and Depression

I feel like I should grab my virtual broom and start knocking the cobwebs off of this blog. I haven’t posted in here since June. JUNE. You may have forgotten I existed or have moved onto somewhere else. If you’re still here, I really appreciate it. And I’m so very sorry that I haven’t been around. I’ve been going through my own thing. Trying to wrap my brain around the stuff I needed to do.

depression, self image, my writing

I was visiting family and friends in West Virginia for much of this summer. Whenever I come home, I feel a bit of relief and some sadness. Relief that I’m home and not couch surfing. My bed is here and my partner is beside of me. I can begin to rebuild my certain kind of normal, which is off-center and hangs to the left. Sad because I can’t just teleport everyone here too.

We’ve been visiting for five years. This time around things didn’t just perk back up like they normally do. I felt so down. So low. I am a very good actor. My Mom always told me that I should’ve gone into acting. I was the Rudy Huckstable of our family. I find that I still act to this day, but now it’s more acting that everything is fine.

No worries here.

I’m ok.

You’re ok?

I’m definitely ok.

I haven’t been ok. I’ve felt overwhelmed, stressed, and feeling inept. The entire laundry list of insecurities that writers fight upon occasion have taken roost in my mind and for the life of me, this dirty laundry won’t come clean. I can’t just shout it out.

I started retreating. This is what I do. And I started dropping balls and feeling horrible about it all. The snowball in full effect.

It’s tiring to hold it in. Tiring to play pretend regularly. I spoke to my friend, Burgess. She suggested that I make a video about it. Maybe since I’d already had my nightly Ambien, but I felt like I could do it. I immediately hopped off-line and recorded this.

I haven’t magically fixed myself. I’m still struggling over here. But I’m trying to fight it now. And I’m trying to be kinder to myself. I’m not perfect. That woman I want to be is a dream. She’s that unattainable perfect. I have to try to not allow myself to feel like a shadow of this image. She is a shadow of me.

Do you ever feel like this? Maybe we can chat ourselves into not feeling alone.



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