I've reached the last stage of the hero cycle in this series. It is known as "The Return." This is where all the people who watched the potential hero answer his call and embark on his journey welcome him home with open arms and shower him with gifts. Really. That's what this stage is all about. I … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #3 – The Return
I still haven’t finished my novel’s first draft, but last week I dug myself out of a bit of a plot hole by relying on . . . my education. Shocking, I know, but it’s nice when those English degrees actually come in handy. I was having a hard time transitioning from the all the … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #1 – The Departure
Last weekend, on yet another road trip across the lovely state of Nevada, we saw one of the more interesting sites I’ve seen in the desert. It was a fence (maybe), but not just any fence, a fence made out of old single wide trailers and dying RV’s, literal trailer trash. There is a story … Continue reading What’s the story behind this trailer trash?
I hit the 20,000 word mark on my novel this past week. This seems like a big milestone to me. I’m not sure why, but it does. To celebrate both this milestone and our country’s birthday, I took the last three days off from writing. Actually, I didn’t have much of a choice. We were … Continue reading Reading About (and not doing any) Writing
I am an avid reader, and have been my entire life. I read for the escape, the story, the characters. I am normally something of a speed reader; if a book grabs me, say “goodbye” to Amy. My children could be hungry and late for practice while I just finish “one more page.” I stay … Continue reading Literary Black Holes – Part 2
After I started quilting, I discovered quilt fiction. I had no idea until I started reading a few books with a quilt focus, but this is almost a genre unto itself and it actually has been since the mid-1800’s. Apparently quilters' obsessions with anything at all having to do with "quilting" has existed for centuries. … Continue reading Quilt Stories (or Quilters’ Obsessions with Anything Related to Quilts)
I’ve been surprised over the past few weeks how this project is coming together, kind of piecemeal, not all orderly like I approach most of my life. I am a list maker, an outliner, a planner. My kids tease me that “Mom, it’s okay not to ‘have a plan’ for the day,” assuring me that … Continue reading Starting in the Middle