7-Day Art Challenge Day 5: Book Design and Editing

When you grew up as a bookworm and then you decide to be a print designer and editor — and then your best friend from childhood calls you to tell you she’s writing a book — well, it’s pretty much the best day of your life. — My friend Tamera tagged me in a 7-day art challenge recently. The rules…

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Animals can talk and other future memories

When I was a child, my aunt Josie had a book made that featured myself and my cousin David. I thought it was so cool, reading about our day of chasing foxes or whatever we were doing in the adventure. A few months ago I thought of that book and then found myself thinking –…

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#nanowrimo book editing time

Just wanted to give a status update on my book. My book!! (I cheer a little inside every time I say that.) For those who haven’t been listening to me chat incessantly for the past month or so, I’ll recap: I wrote a book last month. Yep, a book. Yep, in a month. I participated in…

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I have a voice in my head.

So I decided to celebrate my National Novel Writing Month win with a nap. And that’s when I realized … my life now has a voiceover. In my head. Me, giving a running commentary of what I’m doing. As in: She pondered how to spend the rest of the afternoon. Should she go running early?…

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I am a novelist.

                    I wrote a book! I did it. I won! 50,000 words in 30 days? Piece of cake. Walk in the park. Easy as pie. (I say that now that it’s over …) Forgive me, for I may not write much more today … For some…

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#nanowrimo excerpt: On hickeys

Another phone call from Kylie of course meant another moment of drama. “How do you get rid of a hickey?” she asked. “Who gave you a hickey?” Erykah asked back. “Um, it doesn’t matter. I just need to know how to get rid of it.” “Kylie, that is sooo trashy. Why would you let someone…

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#nanowrimo excerpt: Diamonds, Lies, and Alibis

She couldn’t let him break her heart, not again, she decided in an instant. “Hey Ryan, thanks for coming over,” she said. “It really means a lot to me that you came to check on me. I think I need to be alone now, though.” She held her breath, praying for him to insist he…

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#nanowrimo: The sex scene you asked for

Of course I can’t give you the entire scene! And I almost didn’t even give you this, lest it give away part of the plot. So it’s short and it’s merely the foreplay, but foreplay is better than nothing, right?   Austin adjusted the thermostat and then grabbed two cheap beers from the fridge. He…

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#nanowrimo excerpt: Diamonds, Lies, and Alibis

Despite the melodrama, magic was definitely in the air this evening: even Erykah and Ryan were feeling it. Drunk off of champagne and the promise of a new beginning, as the ball began to drop, Ryan leaned over and whispered in Erykah’s ear, “You know I will always love you, right?” And in that moment,…

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#nanowrimo: Who are these people in my head? On the page?

I am 11 days into writing my novel for National Novel Writing Month, and as far as word count goes, I am right on track. I was hoping to be ahead at this point but as it is, I’m just able to stay on track. My plot outline is unfolding just as I planned, but…

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