on knowing when to slow down

Hey all! It’s been such a weird year in terms of…everything. I’m doing well with writing, but my focus is all over the place. I think that’s improving a little, at least.

But this blog’s topic is an important one to me – knowing when to slow down. Historically, I’m really not good at knowing when to slow down. I’m usually the type to keep going and going until I actually burn out.

Obviously, I want to avoid burning out.

This is also topical as it’s currently NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Those who have been following me for awhile know that I’m big into NaNoWriMo. Though, sometimes not entirely in the sense of I must get 50,000 words in 30 days and more in the YAY NEW STORY!

It’s really, really easy for a writer to burn out during NaNoWriMo.

So here are some of my tips, I guess.

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Announcement: Wisconsin’s Emerging Writers, an anthology of fiction



Hey all! Long time no talk. I’ve been wanting to scream about an exciting thing for the last month or so and I can finally mention it now. Back in May, I submitted a short story  or an anthology featuring upcoming Wisconsin writers.I submitted while I was at a convention and promptly got distracted by said convention and basically forgot that I submitted anything at all.

Now we fast forward a bit…and…

I can finally announce that my short story – Into the Void – is being published in Z Publishing‘s anthology ‘Wisconsin’s Emerging Writers: an anthology of fiction.’ I’m honored to be included! They were a joy to work with and I’m really excited to see the final product in print. The pre-order for the anthology can be found HERE. The official publication date is August 28th. 

Check out their Facebook page as well!

Check it out and support some upcoming Wisconsin authors!




Writer Woes: naming characters

Hey all! Long time, no talk. Welcome to 2018, I guess. Things have been going pretty well in my neck of the woods – AT LEAST THEY WERE UNTIL MY PHONE CROAKED. But that’s beside the point.

I’ve been getting a lot of writing done in both my professional projects and my fanwork ones. I’m procrastinating a little on some things, which I apologize for. I’m in the process of updating everything on this blog and my main webpage – photobucket decided that they don’t host images for free which was the whole point of them. I’ve been using photobucket for well over a decade and now I have to find something else. Thankfully, WordPress has space built in. So pardon the ugliness, I’m working on it.

(I’ll also be including the 10 facts about me and some goals at the end of this since that’s a tradition for the first post of a new year)

Anyway, there are a lot of things that plague writers. Writers block, not enough time in the day, characters not cooperating, too many ideas, not enough ideas; the list goes on and on. But one of the ones that drives me up a wall is naming characters.

I hate it.

I hate naming characters.

And I freely admit that.

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