Sometimes, when I’m feeling completely drained and uninspired, I have to get away from everything. When I moved to Lexington (pop: over 300,000) from Lancaster (pop: under 4,000), I was enamored with Lexington’s abundance. Whatever Lancaster had, Lexington had more. People. Cars. Buildings. Schools. Libraries. Stores. Cars. Farms. Parks. Gyms. Restaurants. Cars. It took about two years for that to get really, really old. I … Continue reading Inspiration in Silence and Space
(This post originally appeared on HerKentucky.) Mothering is one of those things I never know if I’m doing right. I often find myself saying, “I’ll do it better next time.” Next year, I’ll send out the birthday invitations earlier. Next month, I will make amazing colorful, healthy lunches for Lauren every day. Next week, I’ll make a homemade dinner every night. Tomorrow, I won’t lose … Continue reading My Mom’s Best Lesson
Last week, the lovely Kelsey Macke announced that her amazing book, Damsel Distressed, has been picked up for publication by Spencer Hill Contemporary! Kelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. From an early age she was on stage singing, penning poetry, and writing notebooks full of songs. When the idea for her debut novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, popped into her head, she was undeterred by … Continue reading Interview with Kelsey Macke, Young Adult Author
I know a lot of writers really love the revision process. In general, I’m not one of them. I love drafting (and I do it SLOWLY), and revisions are typically on a shorter deadline and I stress and I procrastinate and I write and I rewrite and I CRY. (I do not actually cry.) (I mean, not usually.) (Revising makes me thirsty.) I generally get … Continue reading The Write Frame of Mind
Hey guys!! Remember a few months ago when I talked about #WriteClub? That fun little idea has really taken off and become something much bigger than I ever would’ve expected. People join in every Friday night from all over the world, and writers in other countries have even started up their own #WriteClubs to suit their time zones a little better. I’ve seen a few … Continue reading #WriteClub’s Got the WRITE MOVES!
(This post originally appeared on HerKentucky.) Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me. Much like my Christmas ideas, I always plan on doing really cute homemade valentines with my girls, and then suddenly it’s February 12 and I realize I have nothing prepared. Luckily, I’ve saved a few cute homemade ideas over the years, and today I decided I’d make … Continue reading Valentine Ideas for the Kiddos
(This post originally appeared on HerKentucky.) Everything I love so much about growing up in Kentucky and continuing to call it home can be summed up in one word: Southern. The view from my parents’ home. I’m not talking about its geographic location (especially because some people tend to argue that it’s not technically a southern state) and I’m not talking about its history (which … Continue reading Kentucky in One Word: Southern
First off, back on October 24 I was like, “I’m gonna do a vlog every week!” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Past Me is so cute. Alrighty. If you were on Twitter Monday night, you got to experience the most incredible thing with me. I announced that my book, the book that I’ve been working on forEVER and have rewritten a silly number of times all because I’m so … Continue reading Between + Spencer Hill Press = LOVE 4EVER
(This post originally appeared on HerKentucky.) As many of you know from my very first post on Her Kentucky, I’ve been working on a young adult novel, BETWEEN, for about two years. I wrote it, then re-wrote it, re-wrote it, and re-wrote it again. I’m talking major, beginning-to-end rewrites, not including all the minor revisions I made on those drafts along the way. Many times, usually about … Continue reading A Dream Come True, aka I GOT A BOOK DEAL!
Twitter is one of the best things that ever happened to my writing career. I met all of my critique partners there, got to know all kinds of amazing authors, learned about contests and conferences, and learned more about the business of writing overall. Twitter is also the absolute worst thing that ever happened to my writing career. Everybody is so fun and smart and … Continue reading Finishing That Draft