Tossing Thoughts into the Void


A blog that sometimes encapsulates the fears, trials, and triumphs of writing. And occasionally, project updates.

Throwing Out Expectation

Throwing Out Expectation

I've been reading a lot of Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series.  I've gone through Way of Kings, bled through Words of Radiance until the end where I cheered.  And now I've started Oathbringer.  All of this since finishing what I felt was the final draft of...

In the Process of Refinement

In the Process of Refinement

What a wild ride the last few weeks have been.  I think the hardest part about talking about rejection is the sense of failure that tags along with that concept.  It's hard not to feel like what you tried to do didn't work out because of some brokenness within the...

The Dark Heart of Anticipation

The Dark Heart of Anticipation

In comparison to the fervor of last year, where everything was moving quickly, and change was happening at an incredible pace... the new year has felt strange.  Good, in some ways.  I finally have time to relax and enjoy the things I've worked hard for, but...

Which Wolf To Feed

Which Wolf To Feed

It always seems impossible until it's done. ~Nelson Mandela So a while ago, I finished Origins, and I received some excellent feedback on the manuscript from a Beta reader I've been looking forward to reading my story.  I've worked on it, but now I'm in the process of...

~ Tuesday Teaser ~

~ Tuesday Teaser ~

I don't have much this week!  Life's been pretty quiet other than getting ready for Christmas, buying Christmas gifts, ordering chainmaille (which I still need to do) for Christmas gifts and playing with kitties. What else can I say is going on?  Not much other than...

What Does It Mean To Be Done?

What Does It Mean To Be Done?

Is it true?  Could I be done?  I am not sure.  I finished the latest book rewrite/edits based on beta feedback, and I feel like the story is more solid.  It feels weird to be 'done' and not stressing about finding time to write.  I've got other project ideas, but...

That time I wished I could snap my fingers and be done

That time I wished I could snap my fingers and be done

On my best day, I'm not the best blogger.  On my worst day, I'm pretty terrible.  I struggle with finding time to write, and I feel an ever-increasing pressure to perform to impossibly perfect standards that no human should ever have to hold themselves up to....

Safety in Security

Safety in Security

I liked Benjamin Franklin's quote that I used for the featured image of this post because it speaks to the safety of security.  How distrust and caution can lead to the feeling of security and protection.  It's true, too, that exercising caution can prevent injuries....

The Distractions of Travel

The Distractions of Travel

I always have grand ideas to write or to plot, plan, and finish things when I travel.  I'll have all this time, I tell myself, surely I can get it all done.  Invariably, I overestimate the amount of viable available time I do have.  I usually stay up too late, sleep...

Little Month Around the Corner

Little Month Around the Corner

I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else. ~ Pablo Picasso This statement is very true for me.  As I close in on the last part of Origins -- which may yet undergo another name change -- the final product looks very different from that first NaNoWriMo...

Unintended Excerpt

Unintended Excerpt

Creativity is intelligence having fun. ~ Albert Einstein So I didn't mean to grab this screenshot (I have a bad habit of accidentally grabbing images of my home screen), but since I did, I thought I'd share. I'm terrible at sharing things before they're ready, so this...

Back in Business: An Update

Back in Business: An Update

I am terrible at blogging, so I'm trying to tie blogging into something I love: coffee.  So here we go, unwinding the complication of internalization of experience into a cohesive (and enjoyable) layering of expectation.  All with a cup of coffee in hand.  I theorize,...

The Kitchen Sink Update

The Kitchen Sink Update

What a whirlwind summer!  Not only did my husband and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, but we also bought a new house and moved.  I've had very little time for anything OTHER than being sick (all of July) and moving (all of August), and now we are in a...

Food: Bracing for Impact

Food: Bracing for Impact

Lunch comes around, and it's way too hot to go out.  I mean, skin-meltingly hot.  Okay, maybe not for other parts of the world, but for San Diego, it's hot.  I both love and hate food.  I've never been a particularly robust eater (I am very picky), but in the last...

A Snail’s Pace

A Snail’s Pace

What a crazy month!  And it's almost over, somehow.  My birthday is zooming closer and closer, and that means the end of the month looms.  And then "my month" is over.  Which always saddens me, because I LOOOOVE my month. In the midst of work busyness, we might be...

All Roads Lead Nowhere

All Roads Lead Nowhere

My roads are always under construction.  But not the good kind.  Not the kind that gets better each time you drive through them, no.  I feel like I'm the 30-year construction project that only ever seems to get worse, causing traffic backups and delays.  The kind...

Life Lessons

Summer is nearly upon me.  June is my month!  Not only does it hold my wedding anniversary (15 years this year!!) but it also has my birthday!  I love my birthday.  I've never been worried about the years building behind me because I've never bought into age being a...

The First Summit

After two years in the making, I have finally written the final word on this Manuscript.  The Fucking End.  Only it's not, right?  This is the first mountain, and it might feel like the largest peak to scale, but even that's not true.  Now it's time for the first...

The Origin

Tonight, I fully intended to settle down and write some more meat to this story that is hammering to get out.  Instead, after a long day, I lazed about the living room and watched science shows on television. I had, after all, just pumped out 50,000 words over the...

Project: Origins

Built on monetized emotion and hidden behind a Wall, the City hovers on the brink of destruction. Its fate hangs in the balance of one girl’s choices, while an ancient entity stirs.

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Life Outside of Writing

Ready for a BBQ get together! #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #barbecue #barbeque #backyardbbq https://t.co/8fwAjjI14T

Ready for a BBQ get together!… https://t.co/uySmYu6V5I

Trying to work on a short story/novella and everything in the world is distracting me. Namely, these two! #amwriting #amwritingfantasy #saturdaywriting #shortstory #novella #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram https://t.co/3QQm59jNZU

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How to Deal With Writer’s Rejection https://t.co/1c0LLiEiAO via @NYBookEditors #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

Do you remember when you joined Twitter? I do! #MyTwitterAnniversary

Kasten in action!
What cat is this, you ask? ➡️https://t.co/gvOFClPimA
#Caturday
📷Lisa Diaz

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Striking Photos Show Israelis Standing Still For Holocaust Remembrance Day https://t.co/nAQm530dzE

Testing Vero and also recommending a phenomenal book! @VeroTrueSocial

Sometimes, 'No' is the best (more on my blog), once the vision is clear beyond the ego's tears. Moving forward, I worry less about the destination, focusing on the joy of the journey. I #amwriting and one day, my #novel will be ready for agent submission. For now, I journey.

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