for December, 2013
New Years Resolutions 2014

A writer’s new years resolutions for 2014.

December 31, 2013

Tonight is the last night of 2013! It’s been a crazy year, but an exciting one. I got married, my husband and I bought our first home, and my brother- and sister-in-law are expecting their first baby (my first niece or nephew!). As far as writing, I’ve further developed my brainchild, Martyrs, and this blog has turned into something very, very cool. Additionally, my company is twisting and turning every day into something bigger and better. Things are pretty awesome. This post is pretty simple. I figured it was about time I came up with some “New Years Resolutions.” I’ve never really done this, and the years I have, I’ve done the same things everyone else does: “work out more,” or “manage my snacking habits,” or “stop being such a pussy when it comes to talking to people about my feelings.” (Man, such girly things, eh?) Naturally, those are things I’ll want to work on, but it’s not something I […]


Treat writing like a job.

December 30, 2013

When it comes down to it, I actually am a professional writer. I literally write for a living. My income is directly tied to the fact that I write content. In fact, my prowess in writing is why my business partners brought me in on this endeavor. You could say it’s the only thing I’m good for. Just kidding. I’m also hilarious. However, just because I’m a professional writer doesn’t mean I always treat writing like a job, even though I know damn well I should. I think a lot of writers, especially creatives who are working as waitresses or retailers to make ends meet, fall into this dangerous way of thinking. It’s not that they consider writing just a “hobby.” Many of them, like myself, consider writing a passion. What they don’t do is treat it like a job. If you want to make it as a writer, if you want to eventually get paid to write, you absolutely, […]


I am addicted to rewriting.

December 29, 2013

If you read an article I posted earlier this month, you already know I’ve started a(nother) rewrite of Martyrs. And even then, if you’ve been keeping track, you’ll know this will be the fourth time I’ve written this novel. That’s right. I’ve now rewritten Martyrs three times. Let me break this down for you. I started Martyrs almost nine years ago. Jesus Christ, that’s insane. Anyway, when I started Martyrs, I didn’t use an outline. Again, if you know me, that’s really, really weird. When I turned eighteen, I realized the book was crap and wasn’t going anywhere. I developed a massive outline (at that point, only four books long) and totally rewrote the book according to the outline. Jump ahead another few years. I had put Martyrs more-or-less down for a while. I had written the second book in the series, but other than that, I hadn’t touched it. A lot of things came up. I was going to […]


Do something terrifying.

December 28, 2013

My in-laws are awesome. Have I mentioned that before? It never hurts to say it again. So, my in-laws are awesome. Now that we’ve established that, let’s move on. This year, they got me a ski pass for Christmas. You may be thinking, “Oh, I didn’t know MC skis.” And you’d be right. I don’t ski. Not before this winter. I’ve been skiing exactly one time before I went this year, over two years ago up in Canada. This was before my now-husband and I had even been dating for a full year, and before Mom passed away. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve been skiing. To say I’m a “novice” is kind of an understatement. It may be better to say I’m a “noob.” So, needless to say, the first time I was on the mountain here, bundled up to head to toe so thoroughly I could hardly feel the cold winter air, I was a little bit […]


Surround yourself in positive people.

December 27, 2013

A while back, I had to make a really hard decision. A really good friend and I had a falling out. After a bit of miscommunication and probably some dishonesty on both our parts, we didn’t talk for a long time. When we finally did reconnect, it wasn’t without a bit of stress and discomfort, but we decided to let bygones be bygones. For a while, we continued to talk, but then we fell out of touch again. I’m not sure why she stopped reaching out to me, but I know why I stopped: talking to her didn’t make me feel good. It made me feel anxious, on edge, and sometimes a little jealous. In other words, as much as it sucked, communicating with this old friend made me feel like a worse version of myself. It brought out more negative qualities in me than it brought out positive qualities. I’m not trying to say this is her fault. It […]

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