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Looking Back and Forging Ahead

I want to make the year 2020 HUGE! Of course, don't we all want to see differences each year? Lose weight, quit bad habits, exercise more, spend more time with family, find a new career. The list goes on and on. I'm obviously no different. 2019 for me was not anything outrageous or incredible. As… Continue reading Looking Back and Forging Ahead


Are You A Plotter or a Pantser?

Wowza! Can I just say how super surprised I am this year. My story, Juliet, Missing is going fantabulous. I have just over 11K words already. What is so totally different for me this year is the fact that I'm not using an outline. That is a huge difference. I mean, you have no idea… Continue reading Are You A Plotter or a Pantser?


A New Year, a New NaNoWriMo!

All this week I have been sweating bullets, racking my brain, trying to find a story idea for NaNoWriMo. Last year I got an idea just a few days before November 1st. The year before that, I dreamed something that led me to a solid story idea just four days before November 1st. And the… Continue reading A New Year, a New NaNoWriMo!


The TW attacks: Day One

The Tortured Writer continues her journey: Day One: Upon picking up the book The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron I observe a few things. The cover is not spectacular. It has trees and birds; a lot of brown. It is somewhat fitting as I don’t feel so spectacular with my writing either. At the… Continue reading The TW attacks: Day One


In Which I Start Anew

This last week I got to try my hand teaching English to 10th graders. Not the whole class; more like the last 25 minutes or so as the lead teacher had to leave. The students are working on adverbs. UGH! I may be wrong in my assumption but I believe that most of the world… Continue reading In Which I Start Anew


NaNoWriMo: Chapter Five

Chapter Five Five weeks and not once had Kamila seen Elizabeth anywhere. Frustration coursed through her as she took a seat in the group therapy session. Twice weekly she came here, sat through sitting to people discussing why they were angry at their cat, how their dad abused them,  and how what the government hid… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Chapter Five


NaNoWriMo: Chapter Four

Chapter Four Lying in her tiny bed, Kamila wondered what time it was. She knew it was sometimes after five in the morning as the sun was crisping her salmon-colored blanket. Rubbing at her sore neck she considered asking for another pillow. She closed and reopened her eyes attempting to get away from her medicine-induced… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Chapter Four

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Nanowrimo: Chapter Three

Chapter Three   Kamila sat at the table and watched Chad place their drink orders. The envelope was still in her back pocket burning through the cloth but she resisted the urge to pull it out again. She had already looked through it a dozen times over the last few hours. None of it made… Continue reading Nanowrimo: Chapter Three

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Nanowrimo: Chapter Two

Chapter Two Kamila knew what the students at the FBI Academy called her behind her back. Hunter. It never bothered her. It was the truth and she believed the truth should not bother you. It should set you free. Only the truth she sought was still missing in her life. She raised the dirty chai… Continue reading Nanowrimo: Chapter Two

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Nano2014: Meet Elizabeth

Lie Beside Me Still By Michala Tyann   Some shall be pardoned and some shall be punished - Shakespeare   Chapter One Bare feet pounded into deep copper-colored mud as she ran. A hole of the wet, grimy soil vacuumed Elizabeth in  slowing her down. She braced for the fall seeing the tree in front… Continue reading Nano2014: Meet Elizabeth