Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Celebrating a completed project! Wait... We can do that?

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. The brain child of author, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click HERE to join.

Today's prompt asks us, "How do we as writers celebrate project completion?"

 Asking me how I celebrate brings me to a whole new level of insecurity. I never celebrate.

I never feel like I get enough done. I'm always worried if I don't keep a certain amount of pressure on myself the writing will stop and my art will die. 

Chuck Palahniuk puts it succinctly, "Adrienne - Writing means not stopping." I take those words to heart. There's a certain level of discomfort I've learned to embrace as a writer and an artist. 

This is, Alex.

I was just on Alex Dolan's Thrill Seekers Radio Show discussing our podcast with my co-host author, Keri Schroeder. You can check it out HERE. During our discussion on my mystery novel on Holy City, Chosen and my up and coming thriller, Lounge Act I felt a wave of panic whoosh through me. I'm sitting on two more manuscripts and a short story anthology. They need polishing, a second read through, and their queries need to be drafted. I never get enough done and never will. I'm such a loser. I'm lazy. It's pathetic really.

I say those things to myself. All. The. Time. Then I'll write and edit something for a few more hours and be able to go to bed without feeling too stressed and guilty for not getting enough done. 

What do you do to celebrate, or are you neurotic like me?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm back! Where I was, and why I missed my last two posts. - IWSG

I missed the last few posts of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. 
I'm bummed because it's one of the best online writing groups out there. Check it out HERE!

I totaled my car Christmas Eve, then got the awesome shiner you see me sporting above. More craziness ensued. I won't go into detail at the risk of boring or terrifying you.

I was having difficulty getting my new novel, Lounge Act to my publisher.  Every free minute I've had the last two months was spent focussed on this book. Having a manuscript stagnate when it's almost done is rage inducing.

Then, some potential work dried up. I traveled for nothing, and no one told me Rambo would be my new neighbor. -see below-

My manuscript is finally turned in, and I have some new contract work. I'm jumping back in guys. Hope everyone is having a productive 2018!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG - Wrapping Up 2017...Already?

I can't believe this is the last post of 2017! Where did the year go? Wasn't it just summer? 

Let's get insecure and help Alex J. Cavanaugh help others. Join us at

-What I did the year of our lord, 2017-

Visited the Faulkner House in New Orleans.

Completed 3 manuscripts. Yes. Really.

Online. Shopping. Only.

Actually wrote for writers.

Started a podcast with Keri Schroeder of Coyote Bones Press in Berkeley called, Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun. We're on episode 10.

Things that got pushed aside: 1. Get a real full time job instead juggling mucho contract work. The flexibility is nice, until it isn't. 2. Act like an adult on the weekends. 3. Balance yoga with running so I won't have the knees of an eighty-year-old. 4. Balance 5. Eat less carbs -ha- 6. Eat less sugar -ha ha ha!- 7. Only eat at Super Duper Burger once a week. Yup. Nope. 

This list goes on and on and on...

My plans for 2018 is to move forward on projects with my publishing friend, Andrea at Cotton Wolf Press and actually achieve some New Years fitness goals. 

What didn't you complete this year? What does your 2018 look like? Hope everyone has an awesome holiday!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG - How Do You NanoWriMo?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and because it's the day after Halloween I nearly missed Alex J. Cavanaugh's IWSG post. To join us and share your insecurities CLICK HERE!

How do I NanoWriMo? I still have to try it. Every year it comes around I seem to be slammed with either one project deadline or another. This year has been a major work transition with a new writing position and the launch of a podcast I'm doing with an MFA friend who works in publishing.

CLICK HERE IF YOU ENJOY BEING SCARED, or making fun of others who do.
I did do the 3 Day Novel Contest based out of Ontario, Canada four years in a row. Each year resulted in a first draft. Out of this work morphed three novels. There's some crazy manic alchemy that happens to my process during writing competitions.

For those of you who NanoWriMo, has it helped you? Have you developed full manuscripts, and have they been published? 

Hope all you IWSGers had an awesome Halloween!  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG - Personalizing Characters

Happy Insecure Writer's Wednesday! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a blog hop where writer's get together to share their insecurities and advice. Join us by clinking on the the IWSG link HERE.

Today's Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal info into your character, either by accident or on purpose?

I've done both. What's more interesting is my readers seem to project my protagonist's traits on to me. On the flip side, when I wrote a hat tip to H.P. Lovecraft's short, He titled The Tunnels where I intended the protagonist to be female (without introducing specifics) my male readers assumed the protagonist was male. 

On a side note, many of Stephen King's protagonists have been writers. Most writers write from what they know, because people want to read about the intricacies of work. When they're reading about a writer they want to be informed on their process. When they're reading about an exotic dancer, they're expecting to be walked through her dressing room.
How do you inform your characters?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Surprise Product! Sometimes we don't know where we're going until we get there.

It's that time of the month again. No, the other one. It's time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group post. Join us in our collective insecurities as we offer advice and release our inner demons here!

I'm always surprising myself with my writing. I never know what I'm going to get. I used to think it was an issue due to lack of experience, thinking if I just outlined heavily enough and followed the right formula I would get out exactly what I set out to create. 

Stephen King's, On Writing is arguably the best book he's ever written. I realized it's ok not to know where you're going before you get there. I love his analogy of excavating an artifact. The stories already there, you just don't know what it is until you start chipping away at it.

I started my master thesis as a mystery novel and through two years of workshop it morphed into an autobiographical fiction.

What are some of your surprise products? Feel free to list them in the comments below. Hope everyone is having a fantastic start to fall! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Being Championed by Strunk and White - My Pet Peeves

Let's get insecure together, because it's IWSG first Wednesday! Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. This blog hop is a brave space for writers to share what we're insecure about and offer others advice and support. CLICK HERE TO JOIN!

This post may come off as high-handed, so let me preface my point by saying I cringe daily reading old work of mine that has lots of problems with bad editing and obnoxious sentimentalities. 

Living in San Francisco, I currently work as an editor-in-chief for, senior copy writer at, and a writer for I'm considering tacking on advice columnist to the list, because I want to be Cheryl Strayed, E. Jean, and Jenny Lawson. 

My biggest pet peeve when it comes to reading, writing, editing is when readers/writers point out inconsistent grammar and editing flaws, inconsistently. This. Happens. I have one image to give them. 

 If Strunk and White said to keep the Oxford Comma, then I'm gonna use the Oxford Comma. Can't settle an argument on grammar and the Google Oracle is only creating more confusion? Look above for divine intervention.

Thoughts? Feelings? Am I being too prickly?