Ten minutes. I stare at her from my window, rehearsing the conversation in my head. It’s been two weeks since I spotted her on that bench. I’d just gotten off a particularly frustrating phone call with a client when I glanced outside, and there she was. She was pretty, of course. I know that now.… Continue reading The Girl on the Bench
As most of you know, writing is my side gig. It's the thing I make time for because I love it—and while I do make some income from it, it isn't a lot. That’s okay, because that’s not why I do it. I have a regular day job, doing marketing and social media work for… Continue reading Patreon: What Is It, Why Did I Start One, and Why Should You Join?
When people read my first book, BETWEEN, I usually get a message that asks, "Is there a sequel?" I've mostly avoided the question, because for years it's been a complicated "Yes and no," but today I get to say, "Yes! There is!” BETWEEN told the story of 17-year-old Charlie as she travels through the Between… Continue reading Coming Soon: ELLAURIA by Megan Whitmer
It's been a while, I know. It wouldn't be true to say that the pandemic shut me down—I've been staying busy, and pretty dedicated to the self-care routines that keep my mind (and creativity) in a good place. It's just that, with the situation we're all facing at the moment (where 2020 is THE WORST),… Continue reading It’s Time for a Pep Talk
I interrupt my usual agenda of pep talks to bring you what is absolutely going to sound like a commercial, but I promise I haven't been paid. It's not an ad. It just looks like one. Here we go. Several months ago, my friend Kelsey told me about Pacemaker, which calls itself a flexible goal… Continue reading Pacemaker.Press: A Flexible Goal Planner for Writers (and anyone else)
Five years ago, I attended a writing retreat with a large group of authors who all debuted in 2014. We spent a long weekend working and writing and talking about goals. One night, we were asked to talk about where we hoped to be in five years. There were a variety of answers: I want… Continue reading Celebrate the Steps
It's time to start a new book, and I am not ready. I'm never ready. That's the whole problem. If you ask me what I need to be ready, I can't even tell you. I don't know. All I know is that I'm not ready. I wrote Between and its sequel without worrying about being… Continue reading I Am Not Ready.
If you read my last post about Artist Dates, you know that the whole idea of taking time to do something alone that nourishes my inner artist was a hard one for me to embrace. I was worried that it would seem selfish, or that I wouldn't find any value in them. Sure, I enjoy… Continue reading Thirty Ideas for Artist Dates
I've been thinking a lot about self-care lately. In Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, she talks about the importance of setting aside time for yourself each week. She calls them Artist Dates. The idea is that you have to give yourself breaks in order to refill the well, so to speak. From Cameron's web site:… Continue reading The Artist’s Way and Artist Dates. Alternate Title: Am I Really Allowed to Schedule Dates with Myself?
Most of you know I participated in a writing contest a few months ago, in which we were assigned different genres, characters, and subjects to write about in each round. I shared my first round story here. For the second round, I was assigned "Suspense, Judge, and Medicine," and came up with Keeping Judge Spencer.… Continue reading Spooky Short Stories: Keeping Judge Spencer