Thursday, October 1, 2015

Do you dream in color?

Those of you who know me know that I like to write vivid scenes. There is a simple reason for this - most of my books start off as dreams. Not the flat, black/white dreams most people think of when then think of dreaming. But Blockbuster, Full-Action, Movies that play in an endless loop in my head. Stories so full and real it takes me a minute after I've woken up to realize they were a dream.

Most of my dreaming happens at night. But when I am working on a particular piece, the scenes pop into my daydreams as well. In fact, every one of my books has had at least one of the scenes play out in my dreams first. I could be sitting at my desk, or more often in my car, thinking about nothing in particular when...
I am transported into a daydream ripped from my current WIP. It is in this state that I generally solve the nagging questions, get myself out of plot traps, or discover new, deeper, levels to the story.

Over the past several months, I have not had these dreams - at night or in the day. I haven't written, nor been inspired, nor given much thought to my fiction. That changed a week ago. I had a powerful dream about me, the writer. I was encouraged to push forward. Shortly after that dream, my daydreams returned. And I am beginning to chip away at my blockage.

The dreams aren't as vivid yet, or as intense. But based on the thoughts trolling through my head as I write this blog post, I can see that my days of not writing are coming to an end.

And I am thrilled!!!

I end this post as I started it - asking you this:

Do you dream in color? Do your dreams influence your stories in some way?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Collide Is A Finalist

Many of you have heard about Collide becoming a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. But if you didn't hear about - here is the scoop.

I entered Collide on a whim, really. I love the book, but it hasn't really gained the traction I hoped it would. Now, as I really work on the sequel (a previously abandoned miss that really needs to get
finished), I am loving the storytelling again. I was thrilled when it made it into the semi-finals. And when I found out that it had made it into the finals - the top five in each category - I was blown-away. The timing of the news was perfect, helping me to move forward on the project and not abandon it.

Thursday I'll find out who wins the Kindle Book Awards in each category. I am hopeful and content with whatever the outcome may be. Making it this far has been fabulous. Especially when the judges of the award have stated that the field is very competitive this year.

Regardless of how things turn out, I am busy working on Outbreak. I am determined to have it ready to release before the end of the year. And I'm finishing up the series at the same time so there isn't such a long time between books this time around.

What are you reading/working on these days?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Feeling Rejuvenated!

I've been gone for a long time. In truth, I have been trying to decide what blogging means to me. Heck, what writing means to me. In the process, I've changed my day-job, pulling that part of myself more into alignment with the things that are important to me. I've also freed up time for writing, blogging, etc. In short, I've been going through a ton of change.

All good, I assure you. But something that has taken quite a bit of time and contemplation. In the end, I think I have figured out the "why" behind my writing and coaching careers - something I've been searching for. 

More on that in future posts. This post is simply to say I'm back. My goal is to post with more regularity - 1-3 times/weekly depending on what is going on in my life. In addition, I am sharing links about creativity and writing daily on my Facebook author page. If you aren't following it, you may want to go and give it a like.

I plan to post my thoughts related to writing, the creative process, inspiration and similar topics. If there are other things you'd like to know about, please leave a little note in the comments. I miss the conversations and connections we shared in the past through this blog and am hoping to reconnect.

Enjoy the week and I can't wait to chat again...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Changes, changes

Wow - I deserted the blog, didn't I. I can assure you that wasn't my intent. More than once I have thought about sitting down and blogging. And then life happened...

Anyway, as summer winds toward an end and I plan to head back to the day job in a few weeks, I am also planning on more blogging and revamping both this site and my website a bit.

So, planning on seeing a few more posts and a lot of moving around of things as I spruce things up.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

#YASH winners!!!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the YA Scavenger Hunt. I really appreciate the new visitors and new Newsletter Peeps - you won't regret signing up! I am starting a new story that will first be serialized to all of you - my newsletter readers. Cool, yes???

First, however, I wanted to announce the winners of my bonus giveaway for 10 digital copies of COLLIDE. Book #2 in the series, OUTBREAK, will be out this summer

And now - the winners:

a Rafflecopter giveaway