CategoryThe Write Stuff

A New Thesaurus is Stomping into Writers Town

Have you ever held onto a secret you’ve been dying to share, and then finally…you can? For the last few weeks I’ve been helping Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers keep a BIG secret…what the next book in their thesaurus series will be. And in case you weren’t aware from the links I’ve shared and tweeted, or the guest post I’ve done on their site (circa The Bookshelf Muse days), I SERIOUSLY LOVE ANGELA AND BECCA.  Their writing thesaurus […]

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5 Lessons from My First Venture into Short Story Writing

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I had a very rough initial journey into the short story writing world. Based on that experience, I’ve been able to pull together my top five lessons learned.  But first things first… today is release day for Once Upon the Longest Night, the anthology where my first short story is published! *throws confetti everywhere* Ok. *ahem* Now, onto the top five lessons I’ve learned along this journey… 1.There’s an art to writing short […]

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My Journey into the Short Story World

Short stories… when I first realized I had the opportunity to be a part of a fabulous anthology, Once Upon the Longest Night, I figured, “Hey, I can do this. No prob, man.” I mean, I’m no stranger to writing. I’ve been doing this for close to ten years, and have written four books in that time (though none have been right for the publishing world during their times). So with that experience behind me, I signed on to create, […]

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This Thing Still On?

*taps* Hello? *wipes dust* *sneezes* Damnit. Oh, hi! *waves* Whoa, has it really been TWO years since my last post? Holy. Shit. Ok, well… yeah, two years since my last post. Not just that, but almost two years since I’ve drafted, or written any new words, or truly dug in and revised. I say almost because just a few short weeks ago, I found my way back to my passion. My dream.  All that to say there are good things cookin’ […]

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What’s Your Favorite Thesaurus? Share It To Unlock The WHW Prize Vault

There’s nothing better than becoming lost within the story world within minutes of starting a book. And as writers, this is what we’re striving to do: pull the reader in, pull them down deep into the words, make them feel like they are experiencing the story right alongside the hero or heroine. A big part of achieving this is showing the character’s surroundings in a way that is textured and rich, delivering this description through a filter of emotion and […]

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My Favorite Books of 2015

I know, I know. This post probably should have gone up sometime in December, but since I didn’t return to blogging until last week, I’m technically ‘on time.’ (not really, but that’s what I’m telling myself to keep from feeling bad, ha-ha). Here are my TOP picks from 2015, along with each book’s blurb and cover from Goodreads, and my personal star rating. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps […]

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I’m Baaaack… Life & Other Updates

Oh my frickin’ God! Has it really been over a year since I blogged?!? My guess is you’re wondering 1) Where the hell has Mel been, and 2) WTF is happening? Believe it or not, I have LEGITIMATE answers for both 😉 1) I’ve been soul-searching and spending time with like-minded writers (at the RT Conference, for example), and busy, busy, busy with both my personal and day job lives. 2) I’ve FINALLY found my TRUE artistic self…among other things.   By […]

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Cover Reveal: A Touch of Darkness by Yelena Casale & Tina Moss

So I’m about two days late in posting this cover reveal (day job stuff, yada yada), but I could not NOT post this reveal. Yelena and Tina are two of the nicest, sweetest, kindest authors I’ve ever met and I’m absolutely thrilled about the new cover for their book, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS.   If you’ve visited my site before–or maybe your new? *smile*–you can read my review of ATOD here, and a special excerpt here. And be sure to check […]

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Writing Process Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Today I’m part of ‘The Writing Process’ Blog Hop! This post was supposed to be written and go live this morning, but when you’re little sister has a wedding happening in two weeks, things tend to slip (i.e: my blogging schedule *grin*). Nevertheless, I made it and here’s both the info on the blog hop and my writing process. 🙂 Author Kristin Nador graciously invited me to join. Kristin is a writer and a genealogy geek who loves cats. She […]

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The Accountability Factor—Part One: The Family

Ahhh… Accountability. The state of being accountable. Liable. Answerable. No matter which aspect in our lives we’re looking at, we’re all accountable to someone. And how we handle ourselves in response to the many demands accountability dumps on us is part of what defines us as individuals. Today I wanted to look at one of the many areas of accountability in a writer’s life.  THE FAMILY Waking everyone up in the morning, prepping lunches for school/work, getting dinner on the […]

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