About the BLOG

This is a blog about an aspiring author’s journey to becoming published. All things writerly…Participate in the periodic Wicked Writerly Fun events. Find links to a Writer’s Blog Chain, resources for writing, the literary agent search, writing community forums, and more. Check out the author’s novel – THE GATEKEEPERS’ CHARGE, and discover the Wysiwyg Wood.

About ME

I’m the mother of two fantastic kids, Perry and Leighanne.  They are a constant joy and inspiration to me.  Their encouragement and excitement have helped me get through some of the difficult spots of writing a novel. I love writing, reading, cooking, baking, movies, playing games, and being creative.  My favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas, but Thanksgiving and Easter rank pretty high too.  I guess I just love having something to celebrate. 🙂

A couple of my favorite quotations:

from the movie, MISS POTTER:

“There’s something delicious about writing the first words of a story.  You can never quite tell where they’ll take you.  Mine took me here.”

from Agatha Christie:

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”

Finally, a fun reason to do the dishes!


The major revisions on my fantasy tale for young adults, THE GATEKEEPERS’ CHARGE have been completed and only minor editing and polishing remain, yeah!  I am hopeful about querying the novel this fall.  Although it was written primarily for young adults, it does have crossover possibilities into the middle grade/adult audiences. I’m eager to begin the sequel for this story.

In November 2007, I won National Novel Writing Month .  What a whirlwind adventure.  I discovered the event through the Query Tracker Forum in the last few days of October.  What a great time I had, so much fun.  I learned a lot about the way I write, different ways to brainstorm ideas, and so much more.

You must write 50,000 words during the month of November to win NaNoWriMo.  I decided to write a story that had been poking and prodding at me.  I had been tossing around the ideas and had planned to write it next anyway.  So, at 12:01am, 1Nov, I set off pounding the keyboard on my Cozy Mystery.  And, although I won NaNoWriMo, I did not finish the novel.  The story still has more to be told, so it is now my Work In Progress (WIP).  Of course, when the story is finished, it will take much editing and revision to get the manuscript into tip-top shape (NaNoWriMo is about word count, not quality).  When I finish the polish on the fantasy tale, I’ll return to work on my cozy mystery.  The working title for my WIP is TIME’S UP FOR FATHER TIME.

Writing in two different genres has been wonderful; I’m really enjoying both.  The differing facets of my personal interests have a place to express themselves.  My writing method is more by-the-seat-of-my-pants, than by prepared outline.  I love the thrill of discovery — seeing where a storyline or character will take me.  Writing is an adventure.


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15 Responses to “About…”

  1. Like your site. Good luck on your current and future writing adventures. I see you’ve got a lot of agents and editors listed. Why not self-publish. I haven’t don it yet butthat’s what I’m looking into. With wordpress it’ll be so much easier. I hadn’t eve thought about it for awhile but I’m picking up a lot of skills by blogging that will make book design less of a chore once i set my mind to it.

    I came here because I read your questions in AI’s comment log. Intended to tell you what I know (and suspect) about the discrepancy between AI/Wordpress stats and those of other stat counters. You’re not alone in finding this a puzzle. But it;s stranger than that. If you write a peice mentioning the name alphainventions.com you’ll see your views skyrocket though you’ll see no evidence that people are actually visiting your site. I don’t have a secondary counter yet, but I can tell that something’s fishy by the way my comments do not increase even if the views increase by 20, 30 times.

    Another blogger and I have been exchanging emails about the funny numbers of AI generated views for weeks. You might be getting 1 or 2 views per hour then suddenly be getting 150 per hour. Yes. Then bang, it’s over, like somebody turned the faucet off again. No explanation, no sign that any real people were visiting. I’ve had over 1,000 views in a day on a blog and not a single comment.

    Even weirder goings on, believe me at alpha but I’ve no time to discuss them. Please visit me. I’ve got lots of wordpress blogs. Here’s on of my favorites at the moment http://classik.wordpress.com/ ……….James Shadowolff

  2. Shadowshift-

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You asked about the agents I have listed here, and why I just don’t want to self-publish.

    You have to be very careful with self-publishing and realize what you are getting. The initial costs involved don’t sound too bad, and you get a printed book in your hand. Exciting. But when you find that you have zero help in placing your book in stores, promoting, or selling, you’ll more than likely find yourself stuck with boxes of books and nowhere to store them. It becomes incredibly frustrating and costly.

    Once you’ve self-published a book, an agent, editor, or publisher doesn’t want to touch it. The work becomes damaged goods at that point, so don’t have delusions of getting the book printed, and then finding an agent to represent you. You will have to start fresh with a new project, and self-publishing does NOT count toward your publishing credits in the literary world.

    For me, I want an agent to help me negotiate contracts. As in any business, the ins and outs of the legalese can be daunting. I want a well-versed and knowledgeable someone in my corner. And if a publisher is going to print your book, you will have help from an editor to get the work in its tip-top form before going to print, as well as assistance with placement and promotion. Does this mean an author can sit back and watch the money roll in? No. If you want it, you need to work for it.

    All of the links to agents and editors, etc. have valuable information to glean and use in an attempt to navigate the complicated literary world. Publishing is a subjective field, take advantage of all the help you can get.

  3. Congrats on winning nano last year! Did you do it again this year?

    • Dachal: I was a NaNo Rebel this year. Instead of writing a 50k novel, I worked on and finished the major revisions of my completed novel, THE GATEKEEPERS’ CHARGE. Believe me, with that hard work behind me, I feel like a winner!

  4. I’ll be adding your url to my ‘recommended blog’ list. Good luck with your YA Fantasy–is it based in Celtic mythology?

    Roberta Trahan
    Idyll Conversation

    • Roberta: Thanks for the link to my blog!

      As far as my novel goes, it’s not based in Celtic mythology, but there are definitely elements of it in the book. I have to admit, I’m curious as to what made you ask that question?

  5. Ah…it was the ‘Wisiwyg Wood’ and the graphics you have chosen–they have a Celtic feel. Ironically, the same forest painting you have on your about the book page is used on my blog header and web page. My fantasy series is based on Celtic mysticism and history–and dark, mysterious forests usually factor into Welsh and Cornish legend and lore (I’m a bit of an armchair historian when it comes to this stuff–it’s part of my family heritage). Somehow I just ‘felt’ the connection in your work :).

    About your reply above to the poster who asked about self publishing–I so agree. I’ve consulted with several writers who have decided to try self-publishing. Most folks don’t understand the complexities of sales and distribution, and don’t realize how much work is involved. It’s especially difficult to succeed that way with fiction.

    And as for agents, you’ve listed some of the very best in the industry. They all have top notch reputations, and are genuinely good people.


  6. I agree with you about self-publishing. I am going to self-publish a wine opera I wrote but only so I can add it to my portfolio and send a copy of it to my Mom. It has absolutely no literary value:)

    Good luck with your book and keep us posted!

  7. Writing on your about page to ask a favor please, Can you help me vote for Joe’s blog. Hope you don’t mind me asking.


  8. Hello… I wanted to stop by, visit and let you know that i checked out your blog. We connected through alphainventions. I like what you have done with your blog. Congratulations on Nanowrimo. That is no small feat.

    I also wanted to thank you for visiting & commenting on my blog http://www.writeasrain.wordpress.com. It was appreciated. I love getting to know my readers. We all learn from one another’s comments and suggestions.

    Best of luck with your writing and publishing!

  9. Hi again…. just t let you know that I am still looking around your site.


  10. Hi! My sister sent me a link to this blog and I must kiss her for it later! I am so glad I discovered you! I did not officially participate in NaNoWriMo this past November but just knowing about it lit a fire under me and I wrote my very first fiction novel! I started it on election day and finished it the first week or so of December. Just went thru 1st round of edits. I am a non-fiction writer most of the time (2 books under my belt) but this was the most liberating experience of my life! I hope you don’t mind me hanging out here for a little while!

    • Christie: Come by and hang out often! I’m thrilled that your sister connected us. NaNo really is an amazing rush. Congrats on finishing your first fiction novel!!! I’m going to hop on over to your blog and check it out…

  11. Believe it or not I wrote my first Guest Post, Would appreciate some comment love. please 🙂 http://poprl.com/K61
    I’m not a writer so I’m kinda freaking out about it. lol Thanks. 🙂

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