• The fun stuff

    So I mentioned that getting through that first edit was like being in a dentists chair, yeah? I’ve got more to add, but this time I promise it’s good! I started something new with my process. Editing a short story is easy, it’s all about tightening, stripping and repainting the picture until it’s right. It’s the same with something longer only you have to keep up the same stamina through the entire length. This has been the most challenging thing for me, because on a whole, my manuscript is huge (close to 95,000 words). I don’t have any experience doing this as a huge whole thing. It’s not like they…

  • Writing Degrees and What I’ve Learned About Them

    My love affair with writing began when I discovered just how exciting reading was. Thanks to John Marsden and his Tomorrow When the War Began series I enjoyed immersing myself in a world that wasn’t my own. It was also around the time that I was coming out of the worst bullying year in my schooling life (at the time, it got much worse once high school hit) and it was my escape from all of that. Escape from the pain of people teasing me and making me hurt. So when I picked up a pen and let it run rampant on the lined pad of my dolphin notebook I…

  • Moving forward

    Okay so I love to write. Writing has always been my passion for a very long time and I would love to be able to sit around at my desk, day after day and just right, not do much else, but I know it’s not possible. Not in this day and age, but I work at a retail job that I have for the past 6 years and while I was studying it was enough money, now that I’m not studying. It’s not enough. It’s nowhere near enough. So this soul crushing job just isn’t working out for me, but while I look for something else I’m having difficult trying…

  • Writer’s Manifesto

    I just want to share something that caught my eye when it was Peta’s background on her laptop. Today I also laid out all of the chapters of my novel on my floor and started with the post it notes. I’m going to get this done. One chapter at a time.

  • Keeping it all locked inside or not…

    I have to admit something. I used to be afraid of change. I used to be afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone, or letting my heart rate jump up to an uncomfortable flutter in my chest. It wasn’t until I made the decision I worked on for a year and half (I had to wear my tough as paxamadi Greek father) before I went the hell with this and booked the flight that would ultimately change my life. I applied to a writing course. The one I just finished. I met up with the head of the course and was accepted on the spot for a course I…

  • Can you talk the talk?

    I’ve always been told that I do dialogue really well. It’s relatable and easy to follow. I was never taught how to do dialogue, ever. In person I’m actually a pretty bad conversationalist. My words get jumbled and my friends always seem to tell me to take a breath and just slow down (I also talk really fast, but I blame Gilmore Girls for that!) The only thing I can really come to terms with is that when I started to write, I didn’t know how to do actions well (I still struggle with this just as an fyi) but I told entire stories with dialogue. I wonder if, when…

  • Drafting is Like Getting Teeth Pulled out

    A lot of my friends and family (and you readers!) know that I’ve completed my first draft of my novel, my baby, that I’ve have for years. I thought this would be the easiest part. Drafting would be quick and I’d be able to start the rewrite in no time. Boy was I wrong. I don’t think I’ve had so much not fun time in my life. As I was going through the first half of the book, it was like pulling out teeth. I hated just about everything and I had to keep telling myself that it I was laying out the foundation for the rest of the novel.…

  • 10 people I admire

    I’ve put this blog post off longer than I can fathom and that’s purely because trying to figure out 10 beautiful souls, that i admire, is so damn hard. I want to put almost everyone into the mix, but it’s hard, you can’t admire all of the people who you think are beautiful and amazing. So I’m picking 10 very amazing people. Not a very easy feat, I have to say, but I’m going to try. It’s a mixture of people in my life and people who I admire from afar (don’t mix up admiration for jealous, I know I’m trying hard not to do that). Tara Bliss – This blissful…

  • Spirited and it’s Companion

    I have started to touch on this in another post (which will be out soon, I promise!) but two very amazing ladies have teamed up to write about some pretty damn amazing things. It’s not something I can even put into words it’s just a whole hell of a lot of amazingness. Their first ebook together Spirited is flawless, it’s beautiful and I wish I wrote it. It’s my new bible. I chewed through it on the first read, every single thing resonating with me and now I’m taking the time to go back through in conjunction with their beautiful 2014 Companion. It’s…astounding. I love this companion so much and it’s…

  • Roll on in 2014

    It’s been 2014 for just about 12 hours now, and I’m loving it already. This is is going to be the year of me. It’s going to be all about busting through resistance, challenging myself, doing something fearful, and just loving myself. I’m not going to make resolutions, because in the years that I did, I didn’t get there. I’m making statements. Last year it was to get fit. I did that, this year, it’s to get fitter. Last year I said I was going to finish the first draft of my novel. I did that. This year I plan to finish the first draft and rewrites x2. I can…