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Three Cool Things Writers Get to Do That No One Else Does

Filed in The Writing Life by on October 1, 2015 0 Comments • views: 935
Three Cool Things Writers Get to Do That No One Else Does

This blog was originally written as a guest post for a fellow writer, Cathleen Townsend. Please see the original at her website, “The Beauty of Words.“ There are a lot of things that are difficult about the writing life. Writers struggle with self-doubt, must wear many hats to succeed in the industry, and require a […]

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My Fantasy Novel Officially Releases Today!

Filed in The Writing Life by on September 24, 2015 2 Comments • views: 760
My Fantasy Novel Officially Releases Today!

I’m excited to announce that Rise of the Sidenah officially releases today. I’ve been talking about pre-orders of the Kindle version for awhile, and the print version became available on Amazon last week, but according to my publisher (Jupiter Gardens Press), this is the official date of the release. Yay! I’m doing the happy dance. […]

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My Fantasy Novel Now Available in Print

Filed in News by on September 16, 2015 0 Comments • views: 525
My Fantasy Novel Now Available in Print

I’m excited to share that my fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” is now available in print format on Amazon. You can also pre-order the Kindle version for only $4.99 for a limited time. If you’re looking for even better discounts, the publisher, Jupiter Gardens Press, is now offering both versions as follows: Get the […]

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In Praise of Appreciation: The Birth of the Weed Lady

Filed in Everyday Life by on September 13, 2015 3 Comments • views: 1667
In Praise of Appreciation: The Birth of the Weed Lady

It’s amazing how a little bit of appreciation can brighten your day. You’ve heard it said before, but this time I have a story of how even a herd of goats can show their appreciation when someone goes out of their way for them. Goats? Really? Goats. And appreciation of any kind—from anyone—just feels good. […]

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Edits Have Begun for “Loreena’s Gift!”

Filed in The Writing Life by on September 6, 2015 0 Comments • views: 477
Edits Have Begun for “Loreena’s Gift!”

Great news! I have received notes from my editor at Dzanc Books for Loreena’s Gift, my literary novel. That means I’ll be working hard over the next six weeks or so to polish up the book in preparation for the galleys. I’m excited that things are moving forward on this story. Stay tuned for updates […]

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When the Other Girls Make fun of Your Shiny Black Pants

Filed in Everyday Life, The Writing Life by on August 31, 2015 5 Comments • views: 1021
When the Other Girls Make fun of Your Shiny Black Pants

I have fond memories of shopping for school clothes with my mom. Usually sometime in the month of August, she would help me go through my closet to see what clothes still fit, and we’d separate those from the ones I’d outgrown so we knew what I needed for the upcoming school year. Then came […]

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4 Ways Publishing a Book Changes Your Life

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 24, 2015 0 Comments • views: 671
4 Ways Publishing a Book Changes Your Life

My younger brother and I have a running joke between us. He’s a pilot in the Air Force. He’s got five more years to give back to the service before he can decide if he wants to stay in and retire or leave and work in the commercial sector. He’s not worried about it, because […]

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3 Things Writing Taught Me About Living Your Purpose

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 16, 2015 2 Comments • views: 653
3 Things Writing Taught Me About Living Your Purpose

Can you learn things from the characters in your stories? I have. Take Adrienna Vedica, for example, the main character in Rise of the Sidenah, my young adult fantasy. Even as a child, Adrienna is drawn to sculpting things. She uses wood, as that’s the only raw material she can find, until her young mentor […]

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When the Stray Chicken Came, I Never Expected This

Filed in Everyday Life by on August 5, 2015 5 Comments • views: 1335
When the Stray Chicken Came, I Never Expected This

I have a stray chicken in my yard. I live on about an acre of land surrounded by agricultural fields. You could say I live out in the country, though the town is only about fifteen minutes away and the land around me is all cultivated into wheat, potato, corn, and alfalfa fields. My nearest […]

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What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

Filed in The Writing Life by on November 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 340
What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

I’ve attended several writing events this year. Conferences, awards dinners, signings, etc. At every one, without exception, I heard one thing: writers complaining. It’s an easy habit to fall into. This isn’t a cushy career, by any means. We have a number of challenges in front of us, from the blank page to the rejection […]

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“The Beached Ones” Recognized in AZ Literary Contest

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“The Beached Ones” Recognized in AZ Literary Contest

Colleen’s work in progess, The Beached Ones, was named 3rd place unpublished novel in the 2014 Arizona Authors Literary Contest. She has completed a cross-country road trip as part of the research for this novel, and is now back to work on the second draft. (Read more about her trip here and here.) She plans […]

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“The Beached Ones:” Finalist in PNWA International Literary Contest

Filed in News by on July 24, 2014 0 Comments • views: 272
“The Beached Ones:” Finalist in PNWA International Literary Contest

Colleen was named one of eight finalists in the 2014 PNWA International Literary Contest with her novel-in-progress, The Beached Ones. She has completed a cross-country road trip as part of the research for this novel, and is now back to work on the second draft. She plans it as a follow-up to Loreena’s Gift.

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