Teen Fiction and Creative Language | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #5

IT IS POSSIBLE! And Betsy Schow is a prime example of just how it can be done!   Being relevant, contemporary and hip does not have to mean that your book cannot be a clean read! SPELLED, WANTED and BANISHED are the books of Betsy’s Storymakers series – and though I’ve not read all three (yet), I get the feeling they’ll all have the … More Teen Fiction and Creative Language | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #5

The Women of Star Wars | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #4

                  Since we’re in a Star Wars mood this week. . .   Who here has seen the meme with Princess Leia staking her claim to being first? Show of hands. . .   I don’t know about you, but I LOVE. EVERYTHING. ABOUT THIS! And, not because … More The Women of Star Wars | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #4

Kayden is Cassion: Star Wars, Rogue One, the Order of the MoonStone, the Rebel Alliance, and the Galactic Empire | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop extras #2

In preparation for my workshop at the Kentucky Writer’s Workshop, I dusted off an old post that I never finished because it never sounded quite right… When I watched Rogue One last year, I kept watching Jyn and thinking “WOW! Now that’s totally my Kayden.” But I was wrong and when one particular scene played, I realized … More Kayden is Cassion: Star Wars, Rogue One, the Order of the MoonStone, the Rebel Alliance, and the Galactic Empire | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop extras #2

Favorite Book Series | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #3

  THANK YOU Marissa, for your prompting of this week’s topic!   She mentioned one of my absolute favorite series in her comment and it inspired this topic. In the past, my Order of the MoonStone series has been compared to Kiera Cass‘s The Selection series. Now, while any similarities were absolutely not done on purpose, … More Favorite Book Series | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #3

Hermione: my kind of #GirlPower | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop extras 1

  I mentioned last week that Hermione is – in my own personal opinion – a huge step forward for feminism in fiction. She was and is a young woman I can really look up to. . . and quite possibly my favorite literary heroine! One of the best things about Hermione is that she … More Hermione: my kind of #GirlPower | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop extras 1

Deadlines… Daily Word Counts… and Doses of Reality…

Yesterday, this was almost accurate. Looming deadlines… frustrations… and lack of sleep was NOT my friend. Several things that happened last year put me way… way… way behind schedule – which has affected every project since and had me on edge for awhile now. It also means that the last 10 months have been a mad … More Deadlines… Daily Word Counts… and Doses of Reality…

From Hermione to Belle | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #2

  Hermione was – in my own personal opinion – a huge step forward for feminism in fiction. She was a young woman I can look up to! She was REAL! She wasn’t afraid to show weakness. And, even though she was ridiculously intelligent and never had any trouble with spells, charms and other things … More From Hermione to Belle | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #2

Katniss or Tris | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #1

  Tris… or Katniss? – Which is your favorite and why? – What did you like least/most about each one? – What qualities would you have preferred to see in either /both?   Feel free to answer in the comments below, but I hope you will also answer in the discussion thread over in the … More Katniss or Tris | Kentucky Writer’s Conference workshop topic #1