Wrangling Words Archive

Misadventures of a Control Freak

It’s the last day of November. Only a few more wakeups and we can put 2016 behind us. My thoughts on this flip back and forth between ‘ecstatic’ and ‘so-not-fair’. A low level of anxiety hums through my daily life. Occasionally it crests, threatening to erupt into hysterics that would give most toddlers a run
Category: Wrangling Words

Fun Writing News Equals Blog Hiatus

I’m thrilled to announce I made it to stage 2 of Harlequin’s Blurb 2 Book contest. Woot! Woot! The next round involves submitting the first three chapters and a synopsis by May 1. This is not the complete list of authors advancing, only a screen shot of my teammates for the Love Inspired category. There
Category: Wrangling Words

Blogging A to Z: Skipping to G

I’m skipping over the letter ‘F’. I’ve got nothin’. Well, nothing that starts with the letter F that I want to blog about. I do, however, have two delightful new additions on my screened porch. Happiness is a hanging basket. And ‘G’ is for Gerber daisies, which are my favorite. We’ve tried several different flowers on
Category: Uncategorized

How Do You Make Space to Create?

Every month I look forward to receiving an email from Death to the Stock Photo. This month was no exception. They dropped free photos in my inbox with a writing prompt. What’s not to love? I’m a visual person, so I do a little happy dance when someone offers free images. And as a writer,
Category: Wrangling Words

My Writing Process Blog Tour

The Writing Process Blog Tour stops by my little corner of the blogosphere today. Many thanks to my friend and critique partner Marion Ueckermann for nominating me to join the tour. First I’ll give you a glimpse into what’s on the horizon for Marion, reveal a little  about my own writing process, then point you
Category: Wrangling Words

Five Reasons Why Writing a Book is Like Racing the Iditarod

Photo Credit: Flickr via Compfight The 42nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race kicked off in Willow, Alaska yesterday. I’ve always been enamored with the Last Great Race. The photos of exuberant dogs. The in-depth stories about these bold mushers, some multi-generational Iditarod racers … The repeat champions … There’s something about the dedication, the tradition, the strategy that catches
Category: Wrangling Words

31 Days: Epic Word Wrangling Opportunity Just Ahead

Illustration by Brad Woodard via Behance Now that we’ve discussed some of the key components of a romance novel, are you ready to do some serious word-wrangling? November is coming soon (yes, it’s true) and writers everywhere will be pounding legally addictive stimulants and cranking out thousands of words. The goal: 50,000 words in 30
Category: 31 Days Toward Writing a Must-Read Romance

Happy, happy, happy!

  This just in … I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled word-wrangling to announce that I’ve made it into the top 50 of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. Woot! I’m in shock, elated, stressed. If you’d like to read my opening chapter, you may click here. Of course I hoped I would advance
Category: 31 Days Toward Writing a Must-Read Romance

Made To Last: An Interview With Melissa Tagg

When you read a wonderful book, you can’t help telling your friends all about it, right? That’s why I’m proclaiming from the virtual rooftops how much I enjoyed Melissa Tagg’s debut novel Made To Last. With an entertaining plot and true-to-life characters, Made To Last is a must read for fans of inspirational romance. I’m
Category: Reviews

Five Minute Friday: {true}

It’s true. I spent hours staring at books and scribbling on paper until I figured out how to read and write for myself … which opened up a whole new world. It’s true. The bookmobile made a thirty-mile trek (one way) to my house in the summer, where I’d stand in that musty little container of endless possibilities
Category: Five Minute Friday