#Nestpitch and the Insecurity Beastie

For the past twelve days I’ve been deep in the nestpitch slush and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’ve had the privilege of reading so many amazing words and there are some that my sweaty little palms are craving. I want so many full manuscripts! The extra pages that our team requested weren’t nearly enough to…

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From Submission to Slush #nestpitch2015

There are quite a few of us most probably using matchsticks to keep our eyes open. None more so than Nestpitch organizer Nik who has been neglecting sleep and food to vet entries prior to sending them on to the teams. I’ve been though the slush pile twice – actually I’ve been through it many…

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Physical books – do we need them?

The invention of the eReader is, without a doubt, one of my favorite inventions ever. I’ve never been one to keep books. I wanted to, but as my husband was in the army and we moved around often, lugging boxes of books was never an option. I’d buy or borrow them, read, and then return…

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April Pitch Competition #NestPitch – Meet #TeamEvilBunny

Spring is in the air! And along with the subtle aroma of tulips, the waft of another pitch comp keeps tingling in my nostrils. Yes, nestpitch is almost upon us! Another glorious pitch competition where writers have the chance to get their manuscripts in front of some awesome agents. I know there are some pitch…

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The Life Stages of a Pantsers Manuscript

A friend of mine is faced with having to write her first full-length novel for a few years. It’s not going to be a problem for her – well, she thinks it will be, but her words are so epic that I know it’ll be fantastic once it’s done, even if she hits some rocks…

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People Appreciation

My amazing critique partner, Kathy, wrote a post this week about some of the things she’s experienced on the road to getting published. It’s a great article, and you can read it here. Throughout most of Kathy’s writing life, she’s been flying solo, doing it all herself, with very little (as in zero) in the…

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My non-traditional writing prompts

I know a lot of people tend to use writing prompts when they’re a bit flummoxed. I do too, though not in the traditional sense. This post is a direct result of a conversation I had the other day regarding writing prompts and what works for an individual. So, what is a writing prompt? A…

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Short Story: Defiance

The clinical lights overhead cast a fluorescent hue over everything they touched, the beams reaching out and causing multiple shadows where only one should exist. I breathed in the bubblegum scent of industrial cleaner, pleasant to most, but to me it brought connotations of desperation and, in the end, death. Humans robed in blue or…

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My 2014 in review. I owe you guys a big fat thank you.

I’ve seen a few of these posts around so thought I’d add mine to the mix. My blog has only been running since June, so I’m pleased with the numbers. Actually, I’m over the moon. I think we’ve all come to realize by now that I waffle on about random nothingness most of the time…

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What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

I was having this conversation with Bill the other day, well a conversation along those lines, but about our children. If any of you have read Bill’s recent posts you’ll know he has a heck of a lot to be proud of, you can check those out here. My children are ten and eleven and…

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