Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Enthusiasm

I still get excited about my writing. After seven years on the same set of books, that sounds crazy doesn’t it? Don’t the characters get stale? Doesn’t the world get boring? Actually . . . they do. Sometimes. I have days when I’m not excited about what I’m writing. We all do. In fact, I…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Tenacity

One of the questions that I get way too often in my life is, “How are your books coming?” It’s understandable, actually. People know I’m working on a book series. They know I’ve been working on it for a long time—seven years, in fact. And most people aren’t aware of how slow the publishing industry…

Creativity, Inc.

I listen to audiobooks on my commute to and from work every day. It’s how I keep reading when life is busy and crazy and I don’t have the time or the energy to stop and open a book. Which, unfortunately, is all the time right now. So, my commute is my saving grace. An…

Filling the Gap in My Shelves

A while back, I wrote a post about the gap in my shelves, the book I’d lost but never quite forgotten. The book was a favorite of mine when I was in my young teens. I read it over and over again, very nearly memorized my favorite parts, and loved it with all the devotion…

Boba Tea and The Last Sin Eater

I love boba tea. Specifically, raspberry coconut boba tea, although I am not opposed to other flavors. My sister introduced it to me originally. I don’t remember her exact words when she took me to the shop for the first time, but I’m sure it was along the lines of, “This is the best, most…

Little House in Brookfield

Last week, I went shopping. Thrift store shopping, if we’re being specific. Thrift stores are lovely because you can find everything, anything—or nothing, depending on the day. I thoroughly enjoy browsing through several different stores in a single trip, perusing their bookshelves in search of something I don’t already own. It’s a treasure hunt, one…

Schindler’s List

Some books are difficult to read. I won’t deny that. There are some stories in history that people would rather forget. Evil is a definite part of our past, and I think it is easier for us to swallow in fantasy, TV, and fiction than it is in stories that ring true. We’d rather have…

The Hiding Place

I believe that history is important. George Santayana, a Spanish-born American author, said, “Those who cannot remember the past condemned to repeat it.” I fully believe that this is true, and yet, at the same time, I struggle to read the history books that were handed to me in school. Dates, times, statistics, and names…