One woman's amazing journey from hobby writer to published author

So I’ve been struggling with the Soldaris Saga lately.  I’ve been trying to decide if I want it to try to sell it as romantic fantasy or fantasy romance, so I can point the last of my rewrites and editing in the right direction.

Some of you might wonder what the difference between romantic fantasy and fantasy romance even is.  Basically, romantic fantasy is a “standard” fantasy novel with a bigger plot than just the two characters getting together, but they’re a major part of it.  Fantasy romance focuses on the story of the hero and heroine and their happily ever after, using the rest of the plot as a backdrop.  The first goes in the fantasy and sci-fi section at the bookstore, the latter goes in romance novels.   Yes, it actually matters, if I’m going to sell it, because that also determines where I submit.

I have outlines for both ready to go.  Both outlines lead to the same ending, just told in different ways with the focus on different plot elements and subplots.

I have to admit that I’m curious what my audience would rather read (although if I start on one of the outlines and it doesn’t feel right, I will no doubt move right to the other).

Weigh in in the comments, would you?  <3

So that just happened.

So the good news first:  One of my stories managed to garner an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest!  I’m still super-excited about that, and I have one submitted for last quarter, and one I’m working on to get submitted for this current quarter.  I have a few other stories I’m working on for other anthologies as well.  I feel like I’m so very close to making that leap into published territory and I am stoked.

The not so great news:  I am out of school for the foreseeable future.  I don’t care to go into all the reasons.  They’re multiple and complex and y’all are no doubt tired of hearing me talk about my stupid health.

But what does this mean?  This means that since my last classes ended a week ago, I haven’t gone a single day without writing at least a thousand words or some sort of outlining/pre-writing activity.  It means that I’m deciding to take this as a sign from the Universe that I am supposed to be pursuing a different path than finishing my university education at this point in time.   It means, basically, that this is the time to push forward on writing and do awesome things.

Now that I have time to write without feeling guilty about what homework should be getting done… there are going to be a lot of awesome things ahead.

Keep me in your thoughts, and wish me luck.  (And of course, buy my books when they come out! :P)


So I might actually pass this class, now that this has arrived on my doorstep.

See y’all in seven weeks, when lit theory is over.


About Coffee

Life happens, especially with chronic illness, and I think we all understand that.  Today I just want to talk about writing, and some of how it works for me.

I’ve decided to give the Soldaris Saga a little bit of a break.  I was getting far too frustrated with it, and grumpy about having to set other ideas on the back burner because of it.  Yes, I know that’s not how editing and publishing deadlines work.  But since I don’t currently have an editor, a publisher, or a scheduled date of release, I thought it was time to give myself a break and let me feed my muse for a while.

I’ve got an awesome fantasy romance coming together, and an episodic KDrama-flavored story I want to start on Wattpad or something (yes, I’ll post details when I get it going, and yes, I will probably talk about the KDrama addiction in a later post),  and I’ve been posting Shadowfighter, and writing for class, and writing short stories to submit (including entering Writers of the Future two quarters in a row now), and meanwhile Soldaris continues to fix itself in the back of my head.

This is the hardest part of writing for me.  The being able to step back and let it go on its own.  For me, it’s like brewing coffee.  You add the coffee to the machine, which is the characters and the world-building, you add the water that makes it all work, which is the plot…  and then you sit back and let it percolate.  And eventually it all comes out through the filter of author’s vision and writing and editing, and you have your coffee.  But it doesn’t happen instantly, and if and when it does…. Well, there’s a reason instant coffee doesn’t sell well.  It’s because it’s just not as good as the brewed stuff.

So maybe I’ve been a little more delayed on my big projects than I might have liked.  But for now? It’s all still brewing while I work on the smaller stuff, and that’s okay.  :)


So I have a ton of drafts sitting unfinished on this blog, not sure where I want to take the posts.

But something I have been working on diligently is putting Shadowfighter, the YA paranormal romance I wrote during high school, up on WattPad.  I’ve also just started putting it up on its own WordPress blog because I feel like there’s more I can do with WordPress–especially scheduling posts.

It’s not meant to be any sort of finished project, just something fun.  So if you’d like to go read, and enjoy, I’ll be scheduling it to update three times a week.  Happy reading!

The Blank White Room

The redhead stepped into the blank white room, heels clicking against the tile floor.  She set her black leather portfolio down on the plain white table and opened it, placing a single purple pen on top of a blank lined page.  Staring at the comfy white armchair across the table from her, she let her gaze drift to the door on the opposite wall from where she entered.

A smile curved her red lips, and she let her glossy plum-painted nails tap against the surface in anticipation.  Soon.  Soon the subjects would come in, one by one, and she would discover their wackiest quirks, their grandest desires, their deepest fears.

She left the notebook on the table and turned, turning out the light on her way out of the room.  Her smile grew as a slight spring came to her step.

She couldn’t wait.


Dear Characters

Dear Characters,

I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you these past few months. I’ve had a lot of major life transitions this past year: got laid off, found a new job, moved to a new city, broke up for good with the love of my life-up-until-now, ventured unsucessfully into dating again, got promoted to another new job that had some really intense training, started school again, had a car die on me and got a new one, got bad news about my health and started making big lifestyle changes, and finally decided that rocking the single life is where it’s at. I’ve leveled up quite a bit as an adult.

But all these things, both the bad and the good, leave me feeling like I had to put my writing life on hold to manage them.  There’s a backlog of unpublished blog post drafts that I got ideas for and never finished.  A dearth of tweets and Facebook posts. That goal I had of getting published before LTUE 2016? Not going to happen in the next three weeks. The novel revisions and rewrites I was going to finish for the Soldaris Saga are still waiting to happen. And the first drafts of anything else were never even touched.


The good news is, with the exception of possibly moving to a different apartment two blocks from my current residence in May, I think I’m done with the major life-stressing transitions for now.

What does this mean for us?  It means, dear characters, that I will be able to return to your worlds and devote more time to your stories.  It means that I can return to that part of me I’ve been missing where I sit and enjoy the magic of making you come alive from mere words, and the richness of environs beyond my mundane surroundings.

It might take me a while to get back into good habits, but the neglect ends here and now.  I’m coming home to you. Please wait for me.


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