When I was younger, I dreamt. Not of dolls, or teaparties, but of dragons and fairies. Wistfully, my body has changed. I grew and aged, but the dreams of my childhood never changed. My old friends still talk to me in the darkness of the night.
If anyone told me twenty years ago that I would be attending graduate school in my late forties, and at Clemson University, I probably would have looked at them strange. Higher education is something you must be committed too, and ten or fifteen years ago, I didn't understand that kind of commitment. It's taken me… Continue reading The ending to the first semester of Graduate School.
When I was creating the series of Legends of Green Isle, one of the biggest obstacles I came across was naming characters. I didn't want them to sound silly. (I could see them frowning at times when I posed a name that was reminiscent of a comic book hero). Fantasy characters like my dragons, elves,… Continue reading Help! How do I Name my Characters in a Young Adult Fantasy Story?
If there is one thing I could suggest to people who want to be great writers, I would say, "feel your characters' emotions." Everyone can tell a good joke, but there are just some people who are better at it than others. It's usually the individuals who are able to convey emotion along with their words… Continue reading Feeling your characters’ emotions: Writing a great Young Adult story.
As I pondered upon grad school this morning, I kept hearing these words in my head; "do you live to work or work to live?" I couldn't tell you why I was hearing them, they were just there. I kept wondering what this had to do with grad school. But I answered my own question by… Continue reading Do you Live to Work or Work to Live?
Well it's about that time - heading to Clemson for graduate school in August and I'm excited, yet a little apprehensive. I remember when I took the GRE a year ago, and how I felt when my scores came in. I didn't know if they were good enough, and that made me a little fearful. … Continue reading Heading to Grad School – What’s happening with you?
As any writer knows, its finishing that last sentence of the story which is the trophy of any writing. When writing a series, books can be spaced apart as many as three years, and it can be difficult remembering certain points or plots which you constructed in a previous book. So how do you finish… Continue reading Finishing Strong in a YA Fantasy Series (Concluding book two “The Mirror Sliver.”)
Has anyone else noticed this? This summer is not like any other summer. It's been unusually rainy and cool up here in the Georgia Mountains. When we camped out the week of July 4th, it rained everyday. NO SUN! Except in spurts. Needless to say it's taken me about a week to wash all the… Continue reading What is up with this Summer’s weather?