My First Interview!

As part of my slow-motion effort to get the word out about FLICKER, I’ve done a couple interviews with my friends. The first to hit the intertubes is courtesy of my Novia Scotia buddy Richard Levangie. Author Melanie Hooyenga Answers 25 Questions Be sure to note how he got all clever in #8…

Action and Reaction

I have two separate but exciting things to share today. First the reaction: I saw this idea on Pinterest and put it to use! I punched a hole in all my store member cards and put them on a key ring. Now I can keep them in nether regions of my purse, rather than in …

The Next Big Thing

Thank you to my bestie Stacey for tagging me in the Next Big Thing meme, allowing me to officially announce that I’m self-publishing my novel! I’m two shakes from finishing the formatting, then I’m shipping it off to my awesome partner Natasha at eBook Artisans, then it will hit the virtual bookshelves! (I also have …

Even Hockey Needs an Editor

This past Saturday my grandmother and I helped my mom celebrate her birthday at the Red Wings game in downtown Detroit. This is the inaugural year for the Winnipeg Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers. The original Winnipeg Jets moved Phoenix and became the Coyotes in 1996, but the new Jets team has been welcomed with …

Being Thankful

I should have done this post last week and saved the NaNo update for the final day of the competition, but since when do I do things in the proper order? Over the past week I’ve thought a lot about the things for which I’m thankful. Pretty much every aspect of my life has changed …

NaNo Recap

There’s one week left in November, and it’s not looking good for this year’s NaNo. I started this month with high hopes, and even though I only wrote 500 words on day one, I figured I had plenty of time to catch up. It takes 1667 words per day to reach 50,000, so I’d just …

Like Slipping on an Old Pair of Jeans…

…that have been dried on high for five hours with a little too much starch. I haven’t written anything (aside from blog posts and the random lengthy tweet) since this time last year, and it’s been harder to get back in the swing of things than I expected. I’m using NaNo as a way to …

120-ish Hours to Go!

Do you hear that? It’s the slow moan of thousands of writers as they prepare for the most ridiculous writing competition of the year! NANOWRIMO! Yes, I’m doing it again. I’d originally planned on writing a sci-fi young adult idea that’s been bouncing around in my head, but I’ve decided to write the sequel to …

The Great Pumpkin Analogy

While perusing the pumpkin “patch” (shelves) at my grocery store last weekend, this one struck me as the roundest, cleanest, most pumpkiny pumpkin of the bunch. In fact, I was so pleased with nature’s work that I considered leaving it alone and letting its bright orange hue be all the decoration I needed. So pretty. …

When Do You Say When?

I sent my first queries for Flicker almost seven months ago. In that time I’ve had a couple full requests, a few more partial requests, and several handfuls of rejections. I’ve avoided talking about the process here because I choose to keep that out of the public eye, but I’m reaching the point where I …