Y is for Yippee and Yikes #AtoZChallenge

Y is for Yippee and Yikes #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. I’m beginning to understand that the writing life is a roller coaster ride. There are joyous revelations and successes that make us yell “Yippee!” as we are catapulted high into the sky: I figured out my villain’s motivation! I just thought of the best twist EVER! That is the best piece I ever wrote! I won the contest! I’m getting published! I got a 5 star review! When you love what you do and things are going […]


Masquerade Ball Blog Hop Day 9: “Bottle it Up”

Masquerade Ball Blog Hop Day 9: “Bottle it Up”

Today, I’m hosting one of the other authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited, but it’s down to you to work out which one! Each author will “unmask” his or her own character on April 30th-our release day!

Read on to discover an exclusive bonus scene by the anonymous author that you won’t find in the book, as well as the beautiful fan art that Elizabeth Mueller created for my guest’s character.


X is for Xesturgy (with free editing checklist!) #AtoZChallenge

X is for Xesturgy (with free editing checklist!) #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. X is always a tricky letter, and as this is my 6th time doing the A-Z, I’ve already covered most of the obvious ‘X’ words. So, I had to go searching for a new word that would fit my writing related theme. I eventually stumbled across ‘Xesturgy’. Xesturgy means the act of ‘polishing’ something (usually stones) and originates from Ancient Greek. Xesturgy is a vital part of the writing process. A first draft is never ready to […]


W is for Worldbuilding (with free chart!) #AtoZChallenge

W is for Worldbuilding (with free chart!) #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Worldbuilding is one of my favourite parts of the writing process. I thoroughly enjoy constructing my own imaginary worlds with their own unique history and physical features. I draw inspiration for my fantasy settings from mythology, fairytales and the history of ancient civilisations. When I’m writing science-fiction, I research all the technical details about space travel, terraforming planets, and so on. It’s so much fun and I always learn tons of new information in the process. My […]


V is for Visualising Victory #AtoZChallenge

V is for Visualising Victory #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. The quote above, from Muhammad Ali’s The Soul of a Butterfly * is one of my favourites. I generally have no trouble with the first part-conceiving ideas and goals. I’m inspired by the things I see and hear every day and things come to me all the time. It’s the self-belief part that I struggle with. One of the things I do to try to convince my ‘heart’ that I can accomplish my goals, is to visualise […]


U is for Update and Unmasking #AtoZChallenge

U is for Update and Unmasking #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Update I thought I’d share a brief update about where I’m at with some of my writing projects. Science Fantasy Novel (WiP) I’ve written around 30,000 words (about half) of a YA science fantasy novel that is best described as ‘Once Upon a Time meets Star Wars’. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I sometimes refer to it as ‘Glasswalker’ or ‘The Dream Maker’s Daughter’. It’s loosely based on fairytales and fantasy stories such as Alice […]


T is for Tools #AtoZChallenge

T is for Tools #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Today, I’m sharing some of the tools that I use for writing. Traditional Tools Pens! Most writers have hundreds of them and I’m no exception. I have ball point pens and rollerballs in various colours for when I want to get my ideas down quickly. My favourites are Parker Jotters and Uni-ball UB-157 Eye Fine Rollerballs. I come up with my most creative ideas when I use a fountain pen. There’s just something about the smooth indigo […]


S is for Short Stories & Sea of Sorrows #AtoZChallenge

S is for Short Stories & Sea of Sorrows #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Short Stories Since having my daughter, I started reading more short story anthologies. Short stories fit more easily into my routine than novels (plus my attention span and memory are much worse these days). I love how they pack so much emotion and tension into so few words. I listed my top 7 short stories here. Around the same time, I started writing short stories again, and I feel that doing so has helped hone my writing […]