Spring Awakening


It happened suddenly and all at once. The stab and the thud of the first painful heartbeat. The tingling of her extremities as blood warmed and coursed through her veins. Flowed like the very river where she had lain, frozen, white and cold, her only blanket the golden and crisp fallen leaves of the season past. They clung desperately to her chilled skin, releasing only as the rash of goose flesh raced from her head to her toes. She wiggled them, one by one, until the stinging faded. Continue reading “Spring Awakening”

Genealogy, Sutliff, Writing

Bravery vs Cowardice


For the past month, I’ve been experiencing the horrors of The Civil War. From reading to researching to writing, it’s been a constant on my mind. And, what I thought would be a brief section of manuscript to write, has developed into something I never expected. Continue reading “Bravery vs Cowardice”

Genealogy, Sutliff, Writing


Last week was filled with Christmas shopping, errands, life, and best of all: family celebrations. Even still, I managed to accomplish my 200 words a day minimum challenge and that feels so wonderful. I’m so thankful to have discovered the write chain challenge. This is exactly what I needed to remain inspired and motivated to finish this first draft of my latest WIP. And this week is going to be much of the same. Last minute gifts, Christmas cards, meal planning and more celebrations planned. But writing is also scheduled each day and is equally important.  Continue reading “Scars”



I’ve been dragging my heels.

It’s been a week of dual deaths and even though I know little of this character (and truthfully, I began researching him as I was writing this week) I wasn’t looking forward to killing him. From family research, I knew his basics: birth, family, marriage, children, death. I knew he had served the Union in the Civil War.

And I knew he did not survive. Continue reading “War”



Day 05 of my Write Chain challenge! These past few days have been wonderful, spending a few moments each night with my manuscript and I’m looking forward to spending the coming weeks and months writing. I found this bracelet on Pinterest while browsing researching this weekend, and it sums up my feelings entirely. Each day, I long for and look forward to returning home and returning to writing, and at the end of the night, it’s what I look back upon and smile.  Continue reading “Forgiveness”


NaNoWriMo: Week 4

November has come and gone and with it, NaNoWriMo has come to its end. How did you fare? Did you meet your goal? Are you eagerly anticipating the editing stage?

After last week’s update, I’m sure you can guess that I did not meet my own lofty goal I set in my Week 1 update.

I ended the evening of November 30th with a total word count of 22, 186.  Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: Week 4”


NaNoWriMo: Week 3


Week 3…that was a thing.

I’m half-tempted to scratch this whole NaNoWriMo idea. Like last week, I didn’t get any writing accomplished. After my one night of reflecting upon the full moon, I found myself simply wanting to hole up inside my house and never leave. Never speak to another soul again.

Between filling out mortgage applications and multiple phone calls and emails about said mortgage application; running errands; and generally feeling stressed and run down, I was counting my blessings on typing up a few sentences for my blog posts. And spending the rest of the time soaking in hot baths, reading and escaping into my self-care world. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: Week 3”


NaNoWriMo: Week 2

NaNoWriMo is halfway through and it’s time for Week 2’s check-in. How are you doing? Better than I did, I hope! Last week I shared my Week 1 update where I created a time table for my word count. Sad to say, this past weekend flew by with nary a word in sight. But you know what? That’s okay by me!

Instead of writing, I was able to work on my house and complete a project that was ninety years in the making. My mom came down on Friday to help me move items from my basement, and on Saturday, Corey’s mom and step-dad were here to so that he could replace the main drain of my home with updated PVC piping. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: Week 2”

NaNoWriMo, Writing

NaNoWriMo: Week 1

Week One of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. How did you do? I’m actually pretty pleased with what I accomplished. I wasn’t able to get to any writing during the week last week so I had to make up six days of word count this past weekend. Which, actually worked better for me. I find writing so much more enjoyable when I’m able to sit down and type away for hours at end, rather than piece out twenty to thirty minutes at random.

So I’ve made up the following schedule:

Week 1: Nov 1 – Nov 7 (writing on Nov 6-7) = 11,669
Week 2: Nov 8 – Nov 13 (writing on Nov 11-13) = 10,002
Week 3: Nov 14 – Nov 20 (writing on Nov 19-20) = 11.669
Week 4: Nov 21 – Nov 30 (writing on Nov 24-27) = 16,670

Total: 50,010

It’s my goal to wrap up NaNoWriMo early, spending the majority of my Thanksgiving holiday writing, eating, and napping. Totally doable right? This weekend was a complete breeze. I read through the pages I had for my WIP the week before I began so I had a feel for the characters, the storylines, plot twists and what have you, and so I knew where to pick up where I had left off. I began with Belle’s story. Simply because she’s the character that I find the most difficult to write about. But her story flowed from my fingertips. Here’s a little bit of what I wrote. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: Week 1”