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October 17, 2016

“I saw the days of the year stretching ahead like a series of bright, white boxes, and separating one box from another was sleep, like a black shade. Only for me, the long perspective of shades that set off one box from the next day had suddenly snapped up, and I could...

October 11, 2016

“This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.”

― Franz Kafka

Questions, questions, questions-I have so many for you a...

October 2, 2016

After overwhelmingly positive feedback amongst readers on Amazon and Goodreads with his debut novel, The Replacement, author ‘Jason Pellegrini, is at it again, releasing his second novel this November. Entitled Booth, Pellegrini’s latest release is an intense story of...

September 26, 2016

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”

—George Orwell

Why am I starting with this quote? Bec...

September 19, 2016

Branching off from last weeks topic on writing groups, I want to explore the topic of constructive criticism. The Wikipedia definition for constructive criticism is: “...the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involvin...

September 12, 2016

I’ve been wracking my brain the last few days trying to think of what could be considered sound advice, one writer to another.

As mentioned in a couple of our previous blog posts, Afton and I started taking writing more seriously when we took a creative writing class at...

September 5, 2016

Something was haunting me. It was annoying and big and ugly, this haunt. It followed me. Everywhere. Sometimes I couldn't think straight. Sometimes it made me anxious, moody, depressed. Sometimes it kept me up at night, which isn't good for a mom of two kids under the...

August 15, 2016

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into reading. While Afton spent a lot of time with friends and participating in after-school activities, I was the dork who disappeared behind a book. I remember being a sucker for those cheesy princess books (you know, the one’s t...

August 14, 2016

When Stevie and I were young we always looked forward to my parents bedtime stories. I remember the colorful images they inspired perfectly in my head, still to this day. Sometimes they involved a hobbit with a golden ring overlooking a lake of fire. Other times, a maj...

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