Daily Doodle

I’m trying to doodle or sketch something every day – intentionally getting away from the computer to think out loud on paper. From time to time, I’ll post some faves from my daily doodling exercise. You never know what’s going to come out. Sometimes my to-do list might make think …

Illustration work I love…

My dear BFF introduced me to her work years ago, and I’ve since followed along with her blog, but if you aren’t familiar with the beautiful illustrations of Emily Winfield Martin over at The Black Apple, then you should be! I am so in love with her style, the muted …

In the in between…

I’m currently experiencing the sort of let-down I do after I finished my last two books. What do I do with all my free time? Shouldn’t I be working on something? My brain longs for a story to be ruminating on. But I think some rest is wise, so while …

Query on, Warrior

Borrowing from Glennon Doyle Melton’s inspiring concept – this phrase came to mind today as I hit send on my queries for my middle grade novel. Here’s a snippet of the inner monologue that happens after you press the send button: “Yes, this feels so good! Oooh, I can’t wait to see …

It’s almost query time!

This week, I’m making final edits to my middle grade manuscript, including doing something fun I’ve never tried before. In this story, food plays a special part in my little heroine’s heart – a prize-winning recipe for a Sumptuous Strawberry Tart is key to the story. So I’ve included a …

Get this: Steal Like An Artist

Just picked this up at the coolest little independent bookstore called BookBug in Kalamazoo, that a friend works at. I want to tear out every page and frame it and put it up on my wall above where I write. This has short snippets that totally motivate me and make me feel …

Here an edit, there an edit…

Still working away on edits to my middle grade novel. Having a hard time finding good chunks of time this week (I work best with a 3-4 hour solid block) to just crank on it, but I was able to get a few decent editing sessions in last Saturday and …

Bring on the muse…

One tool that helps me get in the mood to write? Music. I am a huge fan of Pandora. I like the radio aspect – I never know exactly what’s going to play next, and the unexpected is fun. Plus – there are so many great stations out there to set …