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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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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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Fancy a Good Laugh?

Today I’m interrupting my series on Advice to My Newbie Author Self to stop, breathe, take a chill pill, and have a much-needed laugh. 🙂 Here are few funnies that have gotten me rolling on the floor with laughter … Here’s the latest from Simon’s Cat:   This is a little long, but I promise you, it’s hilarious. Especially if you’re a writer … and a Star Wars, X-Men, and Avengers fan. 😀   I re-watched Wanda Sykes’s latest stand-up special, […]

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Tune-In Tuesday: Beautiful With You

Last week was a tough week. Between the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion in Texas, it just didn’t seem as though things could get any worse. Ah, but they could … and they did. At least on my end. My friends were dealt with terrible news. Then as I tried to be there for them, I learned a harsh reality: people change and friends grow apart. Most times there’s nothing you can do. People reach for their dreams, take […]

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It’s Liebster Blog Award Time! Eleven Facts About Me

HUGE thank you to Tina Moss for this Liebster Award! 😀 The Liebster Award gives bloggers the opportunity to share a glimpse of themselves by sharing eleven random facts, and by answering eleven questions from the nominator. Eleven Fun Facts About Me: I’m 6’1″ and I love wearing 3-4″ heels. The hubs is 6’10”–hence the reason I wear heels in the first place. 😉 I enjoy tying my characters to a corner and forcing them into spilling their guts. My […]

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Tune-In Tuesday: Army of Me

This week’s song is by Christina Aguilera, from her latest album Lotus. During my last spurt of revisions, I ended up playing “Army of Me” on a perpetual loop because I needed to draw on the strength, the fight, and determination that Christina’s brought to this particular jam. Have a listen of “Army of Me”: Like what you heard?  I’ve uploaded the entire Lotus album to my Grooveshark playlist page. Enjoy! 🙂 *Tune-In Tuesday is a weekly post for musical sharing. […]

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Advice to My Newbie Author Self – Part 1: Patience, Young Padawan

When we first start venturing down the road to becoming a published author, there are many, many, many aspects of this writing life that we don’t know. Some things are fairly simple–such as writing craft techniques that’ll make your life so much easier–but others are the kind of stumbling blocks we didn’t know were there until we’ve already tripped and smacked our heads on the pavement. *re-applies ice packet to forehead* The pain! OMG, the pain!! I set out to […]

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Why Tax Time Makes Me Feel Like a *Real* Author

Last night, the hubs and I met with a CPA for the first time. Ever. And I have to say, this CPA made me feel more like an author than I ever had before. 🙂 At first we had gotten the referral to my CPA because we bought a house in December. But then I thought about my writing expenses for 2012. I took 4 online Lawson’s Writing Academy courses, traveled to Colorado for an Immersion Master Class, bought tons of […]

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Love, Music, and John Lennon

Today I’m over at Yelena Casale’s blog talking about the music that inspires the muse. The post even comes with mini playlists for high emotional scenes, and YouTube links to each song so you can listen before purchasing the tunes. Please head over, visit with me and Yelena, and share some of your favorite muse-inspiring music. 🙂 When Yelena asked me to do a guest post on her blog, I honestly wasn’t sure what I’d talk about. The craft? Yes, […]

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Valentine’s Day Dos and Don’ts – A Guide for Writers & The Ones Who Love Them

With Valentine’s Day arriving this week – where the hell did the month go? – I started thinking on what would be the *perfect* Valentine’s Day gift for a writer. This was both good and bad. Good because I discovered there were many items that I think would make a great gift. Bad because there are a few reminders I had to strategically place throughout the house to ensure Thursday went off without a hitch in this house. 🙂 So I threw all […]

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