Before the Break…

July 17, 2013

This coming Monday I’m having a lot of work done on this blog and also to my Bridge to Story website.

My next book is coming out in October, ‘Tell Me (How to Write) A Story’,  it will be released by Inspired Quill mid month. (the July date was moved out)  So my online presence is getting a facial, perm, and new shoes, so to speak.

This blog will be down for awhile and hopefully, everyone will be able to then find me over at my new Author’s site once all the under construction signs come down.

The new site will act as a 1-stop place for my Author activities like releases, book groups and interviews, All the Bridge to Story pages, and  of course, my blog.

Until all that gets underway here’s some ‘Author’ things to remind you about:

My Short Story collection Claiming One It’s been gathering some positive reviews online and on the Amazon reviews page, though I could use more of both – so if you want to run an interview, have me post as a guest blogger on your site, or  if you want to review the book, contact me for an ARC file.

And here’s a Book Trailer for Claiming One on YouTube


Call for SubmissionRevision for Beginners my next project, is still looking for 200 word excerpts, Consider submitting.

I am hoping this little work, 20 novices have their first draft excerpts revised and the method of the revisions discussed, will be ready for shopping around to publishers late 2014.

Thank you all for such a nice following.

Until we meet again,



Size is secondary …it’s the day of my Paying it Forward Giveaway drawing. And It’s also my birthday.

So to celebrate I’ve decided all the drawing entries have won!

That means, that

   Camille Ludlow, Ruth Augustine, Heather Marsten,

   Evangeline May, Gabrielle Gibbs, Embry Indelicato,

   and Emily Stewart

can contact me to claim their choice of an hour of 1-on-1 coaching, or an off-line edit  on any 15 pages of first-draft work.

What I love the most about birthdays are the gifts, especially If I can be the one handing them out!

This ‘gift’ is valid up to 60 days from now. So contact me and let’s get things scheduled.

For the 1-on-1 sessions we’ll be using Skype, you’ll need to add me to your list of contacts. the info is to the right here >>>>


Have a great day, I know I will.





Pay It Forward the novel  Recently I got a gift from a writer friend. It was something to be grateful for in my eyes.

That old friends care, grateful that I’m thought of by someone. Grateful for the thought as much as for the gift.


So, I’m paying that gift forward in a way I can. I’m giving my time and efforts to three of you.

Three folks either will get an hour of 1-on-1 coaching, or edits to 15 pages of their Work in Progress.


Tell all the new writers you know about this, or ask for it for yourself. If I haven’t worked with you already, you’re eligible for this giveaway.

Just drop a comment and I’ll be choosing three names at random.

This giveaway will be open for the next 10 days.


My way of thanks.

Cat at laptop, writing fiction

Mitten’s 2013 Camp NaNo effort


At the next stop sign we pass a junkyard. Rusted body parts, strewn all around the yard, lean up against the chain links like they’re begging for release.

Can you see that the use of like here isn’t a clichéd simile (like a flash, like a hurricane) or an average description (Rusted body parts are strewn  around the yard)? Read the rest of this entry »