The Best and Worst of Times

This year has had many emotional ups and downs for me. In April, I lost my maternal grandmother and this morning, my paternal grandmother passed away. In addition to those losses, I’ve married my best friend and found great happiness in that. I’ve also met several writing goals that have excited me.

These emotional ups and downs are a part of life but we need to take the good with the bad, the happy with the sad, and move forward with our lives.

We can’t run from the pain of loss but one thing I’ve learned is that learning from the pain can help us come closer to those that we care about. I’m grateful for a good support system.

Even though my heart is hurting right now with this most recent loss, I’m grateful that I have a loving family that supports one another. They mean the world to me.

If you’re heart is hurting for some reason or other, know that you are cared about, even if you can’t see it.



Life is a little overwhelming right now. I feel like I’m stuck in a vortex of not being able to complete all of the things that I need to do. I need to find a way to de-stress so I can get things done.


A Great Month

Hey Everyone!

So May became my best month for the year as far as word count goes. Thanks to #makemyownmotivation, I ended up at just under 10,500.


Considering the busyness of my life with planning a wedding, working at my day job, and other obligations, I’m really proud of myself. I will hopefully do more than that in June but I suppose we’ll see.

It’s really amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Keep up the good work, everyone!

Have a great weekend!

A Good Week

Hey Everyone!

I’ve gone a week of making my own motivation and it’s been awesome. I’ve written over 5,000 words and am moving right along in the manuscript.


If you want to join in on making your own motivation, feel free to tweet with the hashtag #makemyownmotivation. I’ll follow along.

Finding what helps you to make your own motivation can make all the difference in the world.

Good luck!

Making Motivation

I’ve found that in the last couple weeks, I’ve lost a lot of motivation in my writing.

Storymakers was good in giving me direction as to where I wanted to go but my motivation to write has been lacking.


After much thought, this morning I decided to make my own motivation.

I got to work and after doing a few things that I needed to around the office, I set a timer for myself and wrote for a 15 minutes blitz.

That produced nearly 300 words.


The great thing is that it’s the beginning of the day for me. I’m going to do at least 2 other 15 minute blitzes today, trying to get up to at least 1,000 words.

That is something I really want to work to because I haven’t gotten over 1,000 words in over a month.

My goal for now is to take time each morning when I get to work (after taking care of anything pressing) and write for 15 minutes.

I’ve realized that if my writing is important to me, I need to take time for it. My life may be busy, but that won’t change.

I need to make time for the things that are important.

[note: due to the Storymakers heads sending a message to the conference attendees about not posting notes to respect the intellectual property of the presenter, I won’t be posting those].

Different Types of Storytelling

There are many ways that people can tell stories.

As a little girl, I would make up stories and tell them to people. In Kindergarten, I got myself to sleep by telling an imaginary audience how my day went . . . but made it so it happened on a pirate ship. The boys who bullied me were the pirates haha.


Obviously, we can tell stories through writing and I think that’s my favorite way haha.

I’ve always loved to read and have learned a lot through many great books.


One medium of storytelling that I’ve come to enjoy in the past several months are web comics. Andrea recommended multiple web comics to me and I’ve come to enjoy them and the ways that they tell stories.

Their way of storytelling is such that it has to be made in such a way that the reader wants to come back for the next update, whether that’s a day or two, or if it’s a week.

Great storytelling comes in many forms and I hope people explore other ones beyond just what they write, because there is so much that we can learn from other forms.

If you would like to check out some of the web comics that I like, here’s a list:

Also, big news!

My friend Andrea’s web comic Fur & Fangs goes live on May 3rd! I’ve been one of her alpha readers as she’s prepared it and it’s an awesome story. If you want to check it out after May 3rd, the site is

Comment and let me know what types of storytelling have impacted you! See you all next week!

Ahead of Schedule

Hey folks,

Remember how I said that I wanted to shoot for 10,000 words this month since I’m going to Israel for 10 days? Well it’s day 12 of NaNoWriMo and I am less than 2,000 words away from that goal.

Since I leave for Israel on Wednesday and won’t be back until the 27th I don’t know how many words I’m going to do but I think I might now shoot for 15,000.

15,000 words might not be shooting for the moon normally but it won’t be easy for me due to my trip.

I look at this goal and think back to when I talked about SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound). The goal I now have set is a SMART one so I am going for it.

Shoot for the moon everyone and you’ll achieve great things!


Side note:

For upcoming posts, there will be a Shouldn’t You Be Writing for both this coming Monday and the Monday where I’m gone. There won’t be any Thursday posts for the next 2 weeks. I will resume the normal posting schedule when I return.

Happy writing!