The Writing Life

Loreena’s Gift: 5 Literary Awards

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Loreena’s Gift: 5 Literary Awards

I’m thrilled to announced that Loreena’s Gift has been recognized with five separate literary awards. I received notice on three of them in recent weeks. These include: New Apple Book Awards: Solo Medalist (Cross Genre) Reader Views Literary Awards (Honorable Mention, General Fiction) Foreword Indies Book Awards (Finalist, Fantasy) You can see the other two […]

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Animals Teach Us How to Age

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Animals Teach Us How to Age

My black German Shepherd will be thirteen years old in July. The AKC says the average lifespan for this breed is 10–12 years. So I feel like I’m on borrowed time. Her name is Morrigan, and I’ve had her since she was a puppy. I got her from a breeder in Texas, and I’ll never […]

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Could It Be that Having One Purpose Isn’t Enough?

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Could It Be that Having One Purpose Isn’t Enough?

We’ve all heard the talk about purpose. Once you find your purpose, the world opens up for you. Or so it seems, when you read the material promoting “purpose-finding.” I’ve enjoyed a number of articles, books, and quizzes on purpose. I found them fun to read and think about, and some of them were helpful […]

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Come See Me! Productivity and the Freelance Life April 22-23, 2016

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Come See Me! Productivity and the Freelance Life April 22-23, 2016

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be teaching two classes at the Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, April 22-23, 2016. I’ve attended this conference in the past, and was impressed by the great group of people that run the conference. It’s fun, energetic, and inspiring, and includes lots of great […]

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Rise of the Sidenah Honored in New Apple Book Awards

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Rise of the Sidenah Honored in New Apple Book Awards

I’m excited to announce that Rise of the Sidenah was recently honored in the New Apple Book Awards. It was named an Official Selection in the Young Adult Category, one of only three books honored in that category. You can see the winning books on the New Apple website. This is the second award given […]

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Gunnison Country Times Features “Rise of the Sidenah”

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Gunnison Country Times Features “Rise of the Sidenah”

A big “thank you” to the Gunnison Country Times for their recent feature on me and Rise of the Sidenah. Gunnison, Colorado is the home of my old alma mater, Western State Colorado University. I lived four years of my life in this beautiful little town, and it still holds a special place in my […]

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3 Ways Writing a Book Transported Me to the Twilight Zone

Filed in The Writing Life by on October 18, 2015 0 Comments • views: 984
3 Ways Writing a Book Transported Me to the Twilight Zone

This post originally appeared on writer and director Lisa Kirazian’s blog. Please see her page for the original version. Think of the Twilight Zone, and words like “other worldly,” “spooky,” or “magical” may come to mind. Most likely you’ll imagine something with no rational explanation. And of course, there’s that popular theme song. (Do-do-do-doo…do-do-do-doo…) I […]

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Win Your FREE Copy of “Rise of the Sidenah”

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Win Your FREE Copy of “Rise of the Sidenah”

I’m excited to have partnered with YA Books Central (YABC) to offer a special giveaway for the month of October. You could win one of three prizes: $25 Amazon Gift Card; 1 signed, paperback copy of the book; 1 bookmark $10 Barnes & Noble gift card; 1 signed, paperback copy of the book; 1 bookmark […]

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

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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!

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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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Edits Have Begun for “Loreena’s Gift!”

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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

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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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