A Chance Encounter with a Soundtrack

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written here. Between then and now, I changed positions at work, got considerably more involved at church, made new friends, visited new cities, and had a variety of new and eye-opening experiences. And in that time, I rarely found time to write. (Save, of course, for the months of November and December.)

That is, until a chance encounter with a new musician in one of those new friends’ cars.

Josh Garrels has an album available for free download on NoiseTrade, and the moment I heard the first few lines of the first song on the album, all of those characters whose stories were still unfinished rose up inside of me and demanded my attention. This song was just so perfect, so absolutely well-suited to the mood of the trilogy I’m working on, that I couldn’t help but think of it as a sort of theme song or soundtrack.

Since then, I’ve been methodically finishing scenes of book one every day, and I’m about two scenes from typing THE END. (Then, of course, there’s all of the things I need to change in book two because of things that happened in book one that I didn’t know had happened when I originally wrote book two as a stand-alone.)

Then, I can tackle the 1/3 finished book three. You’ve got to love music when it pumps you up!


Attack the Lone Creature and Try To Free Your Beloved

Welcome to my part in the Choose Your Own Adventure Bloghop! If this is your first stop, please click the image below to go to the beginning and start there. Enjoy! Your heart pounds in your ears and you struggle to lift your leaden limbs. After the weightlessness of the water, gravity feels twice as


A Snapshot of a Prequel

I’m setting the groundwork for this year’s NaNoWriMo adventure. I plan to use the month of November to finish “Outside the Reach,” book three of the Reach Trilogy, as well as the first book in the trilogy which is currently called “The Memory Keeper,” but that’ll probably change. So, since I haven’t posted on here


Writer’s Campaign: First Campaigner Challenge

Here is my piece for the first campaigner challenge. I’m not very happy with it, but I never am with my flash fiction. I’m no good at telling a story in just a few words. That’s something I need to work on. The first campaigner challenge was this: Write a short story/flash fiction story in


Writer’s Platform-building Campaign

So, I have neglected this blog for too long. I have been busy with my Etsy shop and the related Suburban Bird blog, and I have also been neglecting my writing. I did August’s Camp NaNoWriMo and began two new novels that I’m working on finishing now. I need some push to keep up with


Bad Week Blues

Last week was a very bad week points-wise. I went out to eat twice, and on top of that, I attended a baby shower where there were cookies and cake and fried chicken, and I just couldn’t resist. I had almost no fruits or vegetables and almost no water, and it showed on the scale


Surgery and Weight Loss

I know that with Weight Watchers you’re really only supposed to weigh yourself once a week, but I was curious on Sunday morning and weighed myself, and I had already lost a pound and a half! It was very encouraging. :) Since then, I had my gallbladder surgery yesterday morning, and aside from being a