The Honeymoon

Hi! I’m back! I made it through the wedding, married my beloved, disappeared from the internet world (mostly) for about 2 weeks, and now I’m back. And still not online much because I have a house to put together. But I took today off of house work for the most part. So here I am to post a bit about my honeymoon. And yes that is coming before the wedding pictures because I don’t have those yet. You can get those pictures later.

I’ll give a few more details as we get to the pictures, but for now, a summary. We took three days to drive out to Montana starting in Wisconsin, going through Minnesota, North Dakota, and finally getting to Montana where our final destination was in Great Falls. We never saw any wildfires, although they did prevent us from going to Glacier National Park as well as Yellowstone. We stayed in Great Falls for three days before making our way slowly back via Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, seeing a few people in Minnesota, Niagara Cave, and Wisconsin Dells.

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July Goals (and an exciting announcement!)

Monthly Goals

Can you believe another month is here? I know I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I wrote up my goals for June. A lot has happened, and I’m not just saying that tritely. A LOT has happened. In fact, it was something life-changing. Continue reading

When the Writing Gets Tough…

…the tough get writing.

That’s the way the saying goes, isn’t it? Okay, maybe not, but it still applies in my mind. Some people think writers have the easiest job in the world. They get to do something they love with little to no effort and just publish books and make some money.

*insert annoying wrong buzzer from random game show*

Nothing could be further from the truth. Well, maybe I shouldn’t go that far, but a career in writing, or even a side job in writing, isn’t a bed of roses. Unless those roses still have the thorns on them. Continue reading

1 Writing Tool

Today is the hardest of the bunch. I can only share one writing tool. ONE?

#1 Writing Tool

Day 3The tool I have found most useful of late is the WriteMind Planner. You can see a full review of it here.

Some of the things I find most useful about the planner are:

  • One, localized place for all my notes
  • Easily moveable pages (plus it’s fun to freak your family out by tearing a page out of it and putting it back in. Only works once, though)
  • The word count calendar (probably my favorite feature since I’m a bit obsessive about keeping track of my word count)
  • The character sheets have helped me keep my characters straight and consistent throughout the book
  • The scene pages keep my outline steady and I can tailor them to fit the way I do it

There are a few highlights of my favorite writing tool. What is your favorite writing tool?

And an update on the giveaway! There have been so many people entering that we’ve added extra prizes.

Grand Prize:

  • Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus
  • $5.00 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn
  • $30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum
  • Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews

Second Prize:

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

Third Prize:

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card


Quote Trail

If you visit each blog, you will find three words on each and when you put them all together, it creates an entire quote. Once you gather the full quote, you can put it in the correct spot in the giveaway widget for another entry.

Here is my part of today’s quote: to do is

And you can continue on by clicking on the blog button below:

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2 Pieces of Writing Advice

Today’s post in the countdown is to share 2 pieces of writing advice. Unlike the last post, this one will be rather short. But hopefully you find some of it helpful.

#1: Never stop reading

Day 2Fiction, non-fiction, whatever you want to read, but especially your Bible. Reading can give you ideas for a plot, style, and so much more. Reading your Bible can help you stay focused on what is most important: God. Continue reading

3 Writing Books

Welcome to the 3-2-1 Write! Blog Party! When Rebekah and Kate asked me to join, I was super excited because this theme is right up my alley. I hope you enjoy the party as much as I do.

Day 1What is the party? Me and five other authors are partnering together to share our 3 favorite writing books, 2 pieces of advice, and 1 favorite writing tool. We’re also doing a couple of giveaways. The grand prize winner gets a paperback copy of The Emotion Thesaurus and a $5 Amazon gift card. Then there will be 6 other prizes given out. One commenter from each blog will be chosen to receive an eBook compiled by Rebekah Morris and Kate Willis. You can enter the grand prize giveaway here. When you enter you get the chance to win a great prize package:

  • Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus
  • $5.00 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn
  • $30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum
  • Free Edit of up to 5,000 words by Erika Mathews

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Reading Resolutions

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This is the time of year when people make New Year’s Resolutions. Some of them are realistic and some aren’t. Some you can keep for a couple months, some for a day or two. Some are for some really weird things. But have you ever made a resolution to read a certain number of books the next year?

I can see you now. You’re jaw on the floor, a look of shock on your face. “A resolution to read books? Why would you do that?” you ask. “I already know I’ll read books, so why make goals and resolutions for that?”

I am so glad you asked! There are a few reasons I can think of now, but if you know of more, feel free to leave a comment with those reasons.

Reason #1:

shelf-159852_1280Reading Resolutions/Goals can give you a particular number to aim for. Continue reading