Optimism Monday: Groove Is In The Heart


Alright, I feel fully and actually recovered, now. I woke up in a good and writing mood this morning. Me thinks it is going to be a good reading and writing week. I hope to get a lot of fiction written, and also a lot of blogging done, too!

Let’s make up a list:

1) Send off Accountability for review from a writer in my writing community who I have a lot of respect for. I’m nervous, but I’m looking forward to his feedback from this rewrite.

2) Rewrite and post Before Her Time rewrite.

3) Start a YA idea that I’ve had for a few weeks. I’m excited about this one–I don’t have a name for it quite yet, but hopefully it will give me one by the end of the week.

4) Flash Fiction! Chuck’s Challenge is cool this week. The Title generator gave me “The Wrath that They Murdered.” I’m really feeling it. There is also “Gods in the Beard” and “Heaven is Logical.” All three of these are begging to be written… we’ll see which one I choose.


Four items, but at least 6k worth of fiction this week. Moreover, add the mommy blog and this blog, and I’m in for a lot of words this week. A good thing–my brain has been begging for some exercise!

Let’s get to work. It’s going to be a great week!

Optimism Monday: Back to Life, Back to Reality


My goodness, last week was a hot freaking mess. I don’t know how I survived! There was no way anything creative was going to happen…but as soon as I turned around and was like “cool, we’ve moved all of my stuff,” my Muse was like “great! I have a lot to tell you!”

So while I’m unpacking boxes and keeping babies off of very tempting stair-cases, there is going to be much writing going on! Let’s go to the boards:


1) I’m so pumped about Chuck’s Flash Fiction challenge this week. We’ve got to create our own “punk” genre and the muse threw something cool at me: Blacksploitation Samurai-Punk. Oh yeah. Get pumped. It’s going to be a great week.

2) I’m going to, for the love of God, edit this prequel for Before Her Time. I’m excited to finish and put it back out there.

3) I have notes in my notebook for a start of the reboot for the original Before Her Time. What I have (5 handwritten pages) is pretty good. I’m going to digitize and continue. I’d like to post that by the end of the week.


Let’s keep it at that for now, because this is a good 7,000 words worth of work this week. Let’s see what I can do with these goals.


Let’s have a productive week.

Optimism Monday: Moving Two Toddlers….and Writing?


What a weekend! I got a total of 6 hours of sleep while I did a crazy 24 hours of traveling to Maryland. I am filled with joy after attending the wedding of my uncle and his partner!! I also had the opportunity to send off my little sister to Texas, which was wonderful.

But now here I am 5 days away from my move to a larger place in another suburb of Boston. Not only that, but my husband and I are putting in a bid on a house this week. A bid on a house!!


So, you know, who would have reasonable expectations of writing this week???

The good news is that there is still nap time and bedtime, which are great for writing. So I’m going to reserve Tuesday and Thursday for purely fiction writing during nap time (that means another week of only 3 posts from me). I’m also going to only focus on Accountability, which I’m still editing and Before Her Time, which I’m rewriting. The goal is to have Accountability completely edited and reposted by Friday. That’s my only writing goal this week.

Seeing as it has seemed to only grow larger rather than smaller, I don’t know how much feedback I’m going to get for it. Hopefully something.

I’m looking for another community that gives more feedback. I’m considering joining Lit Reactor…has anyone used it? Do any of you like it? Is it worth the money to join the critique section?

Optimism Monday: Moving to an apartment, purchasing a house, and writing?

We are moving in two weeks, and I’m trying to keep it together. After having such a productive week last week, I’d like to keep the momentum going, but this might have to come to a full freaking stop in a few days. We’re moving to a really great new townhouse next week in preparation of my eldest son starting preschool in September. I am so excited and worried I can’t keep my head straight. To make things more complicated, My husband and I encountered a house last week that I’m absolutely in love with. I can’t stop thinking about it. Of course, signing a lease for an apartment only to turn around and sign up for a mortgage makes things interesting… lots to think about. In the meantime, I still have to keep appointments and entertain little babies. My life is a hot mess. 🙂

Let’s go to the boards:

1) Accountability, the prequel for Before Her Time, was well received and torn to pieces by my writing group. I have a lot of work to do this week, and that will be my first priority.

2) If I can, I’d like to rewrite and expand Before Her Time, and have that ready for posting to the group by Friday.

3) Chuck’s weekly challenge involves the plot generator this week. I’ve hit that button about 100 times in the course of 3 days, and I encountered about 3 viable ideas. I’m going to try to find a prompt, but if something doesn’t pop and speak to me by tomorrow morning  his might be a wash.

That is seemingly short, but that represents about 8,000-9,000 words worth of work. Let’s hope I can pull it off!

Hope you have a word-packed week ahead of you!!

Optimism Monday: Work Sometimes Pulls You Through

I’m sure you know the news right now about the verdict from the Zimmerman trial. As a mother of two beautiful bi-racial boys, I’m sure you can understand how disappointed I am. I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about my thoughts in this space, but I will say that I’m going to be working with that much more vigor and intensity…sometimes you have to work through the pain. Sometimes, you have to work through the anger. I’m excited about dedicating this raw energy and passion in working furthering my dreams and the dreams of my sons.

That being said, there is a lot going on in my life. We’re moving to a new apartment while we continue our search for a house (see my post tomorrow), and I think that I might have met the house of my dreams. Good thing I need an extra 70 grand or so to make it workable. Not because we can’t afford the asking price…but because it needs a new septic system ($20-30k!), a new kitchen, a shower, and a way to finish the attic.

You know, no big deal.

So if any of ya’ll have a super rich uncle who really likes moms and likes to cut charitable checks for $70 grand, just let me know!!!

*sigh* Let’s work out our task list:

1) I freaking must finish the prequel for Before Her TIme. I am 2,000 words into this thing, and it shows no signs of stopping. I think that I’m allllmoooosssstttt there, but I think that I have another 2,000 words more before this story is complete. Excerpt by Friday. EXCERPT BY FRIDAY!!!! (roar!)

2) Flash Fiction for Chuck this week? Let’s pick a line right now… Here we go: “That plan didn’t fly, superhero, and now we’re short a bazooka.” I liked this line the first time I read it and it has been with me all weekend. I envision a wedding. Let’s see.

3) Write out 1000 words of a YA concept that I have. I’m going to guard this one close to the vest because I think that the idea is interesting and viable. I might share this with my writing group before I put it on this blog. Well… maybe I’ll share a little bit. We’ll see. 🙂

4) Start the rewrite for Before Her Time. Notice I said “start.” Very ambiguous! Let’s see if we can make that a 100 word minimum, just so I don’t get cute and write only one sentence.

This is a busy week but an important week. I want to get to Friday night exhausted and out of words.

Let’s go out and have a productive week. A week for dreamers, workers, cabbages and kings!

Optimism Monday: Back to Normal, Back to Work

Welcome back from the long weekend, everyone! I hope that you had a fun, satisfying weekend! I got all of my work done last week, and I rewarded myself by taking it easy over the weekend. I found that, by Saturday, I’d run out of words anyway. These last few weeks of solid work have been exhausting!

This week, we’re back to normal. Let’s make a good working list:

1) Work on an idea for a new character/story, that connects two interesting ideas that came to me this weekend.

I’m being vague, I know, but I am going to write something out and submit it for a little critique by Friday. I’ll post an excerpt here. I’m thinking about Before Her Time, but I am going to expand it to something bigger. I’m going to play with the world, and merge it with some history/interesting present. I’m really excited about this idea. I can’t wait to share it (if it works out). This will be my first big step into genre fiction.

2) Rewrite Before Her Time completely and submit that for critique also.

3) Return to my novel project, and create one complete area of world building–focus on Religion and Culture this week.

4) Enter Chuck’s sentence contest this week with the goal of winning.

Yes, three items, but that’s two complete short stories and some world building, so I have a lot on my plate this week. Plus the 5 posts for this blog. Many, many words to be written this week! Let’s have a productive week.

Optimism Monday: Is There Really Such Thing as a “Short” Week for Writers?


It’s July 4th week, but art doesn’t take a holiday. I’m putting words on paper this week, it doesn’t matter that everyone is putting in a 3-day week (or that my idiot in-laws are coming up this weekend). Let’s look at the task list:


1) It’s a 5 post kind of a week. I actually have a lot to say, so I’m excited.

2) No flash fiction this week (I’m opting out on purpose), so I’m working on finishing A Field of Daisies and also I am going to revisit Before Her Time and expand it.


It’s a short list, but it is still work. I’m looking forward to making this a productive week. For the good of the country! 🙂


Let’s get to work, yeah?

Optimism Monday: New Week, New Possibilities, New Inspirations


I wrote a long one for my mommy blog, and I know my nap window is running out, so we’re gonna have to get to the board quickly. Here is the good news: I’m feeling really inspired this week. Let’s get to the board:


1) 5 posts this week. Yup, we’re gonna do it. 

2) Complete the short story that I started last week, The Hand that Feeds You, and post it for critique. 

3) Write this week’s flash fiction for Chuck’s challenge. I rolled a good one! Superhero plus Occult Detective, must have forbidden love and a pool of blood. Ohhhhh yeaaaah. It’s gonna be awesome. 

4) Rework the short story that I wrote for my writing community this weekend. It kind of went out of control, but I like the concept: Michael and Gabriel go all cowboy style in the wild west looking for Lucifer. I know, I know, I know, it doesn’t sound awesome, but like, there is something about it that has the potential to be awesome, so I’m working on it. Don’t judge me! 

5) Come up with a new schedule for work on my novel, A Terrible Thing to Waste, because my current timeline is broken (which totally sucks). Post for accountability.


That’s a lot, but I’m not starting from scratch with any of these–I wrote snippets all weekend (when I should have been packing!!). I think that this is going to be a great writing week!

What are you up to this week? Let’s be productive together!



Optimism Monday: The Sun Is Out…Can I Still Be Productive?

Summer seems to have finally arrived here in Massachusetts after many a week of gray rainy gray. It hasn’t been easy to get work done, per se, but it has certainly been easier to get work done when I look outside to see a crappy day. Well, this week, it’s supposed to be nice all week long…so it might be tougher to get words onto digital paper. We’ll see. Let’s create some tasks.

1) At least 4 posts this week.

I’m pulling back simply because I have a lot to do. If I can get 5 done, then I’ll be happy, but I’m going to be cautious and say 4 for right now.

2) Continue World Building, producing some material that will be good enough to use for plotting.

3) Develop one of the two short stories that I found inspiration for over the weekend.

4) Work on a Flash Fiction, but not the one that Chuck posted. Work on another one.

5) Finish personal market spreadsheet, pick a few magazines, send off my two lit fic short stories.

This looks like a short list, but there is a lot of writing to be had from it. Time to get to work. Let’s have a fantastic and productive week!

Optimism Monday: A Short Week With Many Tasks


The boys aren’t napping and my time is short. Indeed, this is going to be a very short week for me because family is coming to town and I won’t have much time to get work done. Does that mean that my task list will be abbreviated? HELL TO THE NO!

Let’s do this:

1) More posting, more plugs: I’m going to write 5 posts this week and I’m going to link to at least 3 other writing blogs that I enjoy. More shout outs means a better writing community for us all.

2)  Finish my Friday Flash Fiction (I’m 800 words in) and have it posted.

3) Work on world building this week for the novel, A Terrible Thing To Waste.

4) Look for a market for Missed Opportunity, which is now finished. (Maybe use Duotrope? Is that a good thing to use?)

5) Critique at least 2 other works by other people in my writing community

6) Begin work on a new short story. Short stories on Saturdays haven’t been working, so we need a new day. Find inspiration, find a day, and get writing.


Oh yeah. Go big or go home. This stuff is gonna get done this week.

Happy Monday, everyone in writing land! What’s on your task list?