Posted at 4:30 am , on January 15, 2018
Anybody else have a fear of telling people they’re a writer? I tend to be terrified of it. To the point that I don’t even talk to my family members (besides my husband) about it very much. When people ask what I do, I tend to mention all of my other hobbies before I mention my dearest hobby (which is so dear to me the word “hobby” hardly seems like the right way to describe it).
This year one of my goals is to be more open about my writing. The thought scares me, but I’m committed to mentioning writing first when asked.
I started working on the goal at Christmas. My husband’s family knew very little about my writing aspirations. I don’t remember how it came up, but I mentioned to a sister-in-law and my mother-in-law that I was working on editing and writing a couple of novels.
Posted at 9:40 pm , on January 5, 2018
I have three thank-yous to pass out for the restart of my writing life. The first and biggest goes to my husband for his major support in so many forms. The second goes to many writer moms whose stories made me believe that I could do it, too. The third goes to my 2017 New Year’s resolutions.
Goal setting was never really my thing growing up. I haaaaated it when my parents sat us down and said, “Let’s write some goals!” I never accomplished them, and I felt so tied down knowing I should be working on them, but didn’t really want to. Goals felt like a list of things I should do, or my parents wanted me to do, but not things that brought true fulfillment.
I’ve come a long way since then, and have seen the joy that comes from accomplishing something you set your heart on. At the beginning of last year, I decided 2017 was the year I was going to write a novel again. With the support of my husband, the inspiration of other authors, and my new Scrivener software, I did it! I wrote that novel, and I got 50,000 words into another. After so many years of minimal creative writing, I finally got back to doing what I loved.
Posted at 7:31 pm , on November 1, 2017
It’s Thanksgiving season! Yes, Thanksgiving season, which starts Nov. 1 and lasts through Thanksgiving. None of this Christmas creeping in after (or before!) Halloween.
I didn’t always adore Thanksgiving as I do now. As a kid, I didn’t mind starting the Christmas season as early as possible. Thanksgiving was just a big family dinner in preparation for Christmas.
(I’d like to note, I’m a huge Christmas fan, so don’t think I’m a Scrooge.)
Posted at 5:41 pm , on October 25, 2017
Last week Caroline Huball created this Halloween tag for writers. And in the craziness of last week, I forgot to do it. But here I am! Better late than never, right? 😉
1. Are you a scaredy cat or a horror aficionado?
Definitely a scaredy cat. Haha.
2. Would you ever consider writing a horror novel?
No! Never. I can’t get through horror movies or books.
3. What is the favorite bookish Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
Can I say my costume for next week? My husband and I are dressing up as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. 😊
Posted at 6:06 pm , on September 7, 2017
My kid is practicing letters, so I thought I’d post a quick update.
I’ve been researching religion during the Regency Era. I have a pretty good idea of the state of American religion at the time, but had little idea about the beliefs of the Church of England. Seeing as religion is very important to one of my main characters, I wanted some authenticity. Only I found it difficult to track down good sources. Most Regency researchers like to talk about the style and parties. I finally found a great blog post on the subject: https://www.google.com/amp/s/georgianera.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/the-faith-of-georgian-england/amp/.
While reading through, I found that my character’s beliefs were a bit different from Anglican beliefs. Ugh. Joy. I wasn’t sure how I was going to make his beliefs work with being an Anglican clergyman. Then I discovered Charles Simeon.