NaNoWriMo Advice Part 2

On the eve of NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd give you a few last words of wisdom. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. 6.  If possible, write at the same time/place everyday. You're more apt to stick with it and complete your manuscript if you have a routine (this is true for … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Advice Part 2

Mortification Monday

1-29-1994   Dear Diary, I'm 13! Today is my birthday. Yesterday I had my party 7-10 p.m. Sara spent the night. Today was the 6th basketball game. We lost big time. I got makeup, books, clothes, jewelry, horses, and Twister. I turned 13 at 1:23 in the afternoon. Lauren and  I are still good friends. Mike … Continue reading Mortification Monday

Bad Poetry Friday

The following poem came to me while I was staying in a hotel room at a youth group retreat. I promise that the hotel didn't have roaches (that I could see).  What is notable is shortly after I wrote this, I sprained my ankle dancing and had to go to the emergency room. I was … Continue reading Bad Poetry Friday

NaNoWriMo Advice Part 1

As promised, here is my (unsolicited) advice for how you can survive NaNaWriMo next week. 1. Come up with an idea you can follow through on. This is not the time to try and invent the next Hunger Games, because frankly, you won't. I'm sorry, but it's true. I won't even write the next HG. Instead, focus … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Advice Part 1

Mortification Monday

1-23-1994   Dear Diary,   Yesterday was the surprise party for my aunt. It was fun. I enjoyed spending time with my cousins. I babysat the G's on Friday and last night. All together I earned 28 dollars. Today Sara and I went bike riding around the neighborhood for 45 minutes. We had fun. She … Continue reading Mortification Monday

Rejection Playlist: Volume 1, Track 12: “Yr Mangled Heart”

For something a little different today, allow me to introduce you The Gossip, a Pacific Northwest punky/gospel band. I love this song for a lot of reasons, but mostly the line, "I don't want the world, I only want what I deserve." That's true, right? I don't want to be J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer. … Continue reading Rejection Playlist: Volume 1, Track 12: “Yr Mangled Heart”

Bad Poetry Friday

The following poem was written during my Jewel obsession circa 1997. Rereading this makes me throw up in my mouth. Undercover Angel (1997) My undercover angel with your golden halo It's bent in some places you search people's faces What do you look for? What do you see? How much longer 'til our souls are … Continue reading Bad Poetry Friday

Why NaNoWriMo Matters

I'm a big fan of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, held each November. For those of you living under a rock, NaNoWriMo is basically a contest you hold with yourself to write that damn novel you keep talking about to all your friends. You have 30 days (no cheating or starting early) to pound … Continue reading Why NaNoWriMo Matters

Mortification Monday

1-7-1993 Dear Diary, My life might as well stop. By Monday, Mike will find out all about my crush. I can't believe I told  (other) Mike, Chris, JJ and Eric on the bus. Eric will go tell Mile L, and the whole world. Now he'll never ask me out. He is so popular! and so … Continue reading Mortification Monday

Rejection Playlist Volume 1, Track 11: “Stronger”

I'm a closet Kelly Clarkson fan. I'm talking the old Kelly Clarkson, the one from 2004. That said, her new song "Stronger," speaks to me, especially on hard days, which makes it a perfect addition to the Rejection Playlist. You think you've got the best of me/ Think you've had enough the last laugh/ Bet … Continue reading Rejection Playlist Volume 1, Track 11: “Stronger”