May 14, 2013 — Guatemala City and Queltzaltenango (a.k.a. Xela)

May 14, 2013 – Guatemala City and Xela (a.k.a. Queltzaltenango)Our lives are in the center, but work in contribution and in co-existence with many other things. It’s a duality between reality of life and the path the Mayan culture is rich with, a duality of beliefs of how to better oneself, and a duality of … Continue reading May 14, 2013 — Guatemala City and Queltzaltenango (a.k.a. Xela)

Grammar Wednesday: the “U” and the “A”

This is a common mistake that I find with my copy-editing, and it has to do with tenses, which I will eventually tackle on this blog. Drank v. Drunk Sank v. Sunk These are two that are commonly misused when speaking and even more commonly misused when writing. 1--He drank the tea. 2--He had drunk … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: the “U” and the “A”

“A person is a person, no matter how small…”

I wasn't going to write a blog about this at first, but my facebook blew up with the conversation. I should give a small amount of background. I write lesbian-fiction, for the most part. I'm co-writing a novel with a gender-shifting alien, and I have experimented with writing slash fiction. Queer sexuality does not SCARE … Continue reading “A person is a person, no matter how small…”

WIP meme

awww and the WIP meme continues!

My Own Little Shadow

Got tagged this morning.  Ok, I walked right into it.  Silly me.

Anyway, here are my answers to the WIP meme that is taking the blogosphere by storm (not really, but it certainly is dramatic-sounding).

1) What is the name of your current WIP?

Currently, it’s called “The Cooper’s Son,” and since I’m bad with titles, it’ll probably stay “The Cooper’s Son.”

2) Ready to do a cover reveal?

Heck no!  I’m not even anywhere close to that point, yet, but when I get close, I may have my daughter draft up something for it.  She’s my favorite artist.

3) How many words are you into it?

Honestly, I had to go look it up, since I haven’t been worried about the w/c, just making sure the story is complete and whatnot.  It’s just past 28k right now.

4) Goal word count by the end of the week?

I actually…

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On day two of your work being out on submission.

On day two of your work being out on submission.. This is me, quite simply put. Although, I'm not on day two...I'm on week four, with about five more WEEKS to go. *sigh*. I sent "For by Grace" into a new publisher for submission, and I am desperately waiting to hear back. The longer that … Continue reading On day two of your work being out on submission.

Self-publishing – Notes from a Panel:

These are some great thoughts even for non-self pubbers, and for small press authors.


When it comes to the ins and outs of the publishing world, I am more or less a newbie (which is why I go to lots of conventions and attend panels to learn more about the trade). Sure, I have had a couple short stories published, but this is not quite the same as ascending the dizzying heights of having a novel come out.

Now, when I say, ‘having a novel come out’ I always thought that meant having it published by one of the big houses as an actual, physical book. I never even considered self-publishing online.

In the last ten or so years, however, self-publishing has really come into its own. While it used to be looked down on by the publishing fraternity as just another version of the vanity press, some very well-received writers have made their careers in the self-publishing world.

Self-publishing can also be a…

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WIPpet Wednesday — May 22 “First Kiss”

Hmmm...hope I'm doing this correctly. WIPpet Wednesday, get a look at what I'm working on. 22 lines from the 5th chapter of the yet to be titled piece. All you need to know: Jane, human-born from Alabama; Usnavi, alien-born, sex-shifting Xanthain. They are still getting to know each other and live on a space station, … Continue reading WIPpet Wednesday — May 22 “First Kiss”

Grammar Wednesday: ACTIVE PHRASING

Hello everyone! I know some of you were sad that I missed last week's Grammar Wednesday, but I didn't miss it. I was in Guatemala--no interwebs for a whole week! I started to go into withdrawal. Here's your Grammar Wednesday! It's about active phrasing and passive phrasing. I apparently used to write passive phrasing, and … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: ACTIVE PHRASING

Fanfic mistakes and pleasures

My time for writing originals is certainly not over, but I have been working on fanfiction, toying with the plots (which involve mostly sex) and characters. I know that there are quite a few people who do not agree with fanfic, who think it's a complete violation of the rights of the owners/creators of the … Continue reading Fanfic mistakes and pleasures