It’s Going to Shine

sunshine daisies

As Spring has come upon us with a hint of warmer weather, rain showers, and the sun appearing more often, I’ve added a new opening to my novel, Passage of Promise.

A fellow critter had suggested a different beginning, gave me some ideas, and I went with it and produced something I truly love.

I ran it through my critique group, and eight out of nine critters preferred my newer opening. They said it was a great start and gave a better hook to the story. Yea!

I believe my book will be stellar once I’m done writing in a couple more scenes, revising, editing, and my editor does her final proofing and editing to polish it off. I’m excited. Marina and her journey will be shared with you all…with the world. It’s an inspirational tale of faith, courage, hope, and miracles through Greek Orthodox Christian traditions.

God willing, by some time this summer, my book will be published and out there for people to read. Wish me luck, my friends. It’s the greatest endeavor in my life outside of marriage and children. 🙂

How did you feel when your first book was published? Share your thoughts!




First Draft Fits

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I’ve written about the struggles of writing and finishing a first draft before, like just this January! I gave myself three months to get as much done as I could. The third month is just beginning.

I’ve written several more scenes, words, chapters, so at least I’ve been at it. But have I gotten far enough along according to what I’d challenged myself to do via my previous blog post: “…hoping the first draft will be done by the end of that time period. If not, at least it’ll be close”? Well, I’m closer, but with all the scenes that have popped in my head, the paths my characters have taken me…it’s been a good trek, heading toward the end goal, but I wouldn’t say I’m on the cusp of writing “THE END”.

My WIP, What She Didn’t Know, is nearly sixty thousand words so far and is written from three different third person point of views, and perhaps this is why it’s taking me longer.

Both my novel, Passage of Promise, and my novella, Mourning Dove, are from one third person point of view.

With three different points of view, there is so much more to write because you have three different people’s lives to build character ARCs and intertwine their lives into a main plot of sorts.

So, I started writing What She Didn’t Know January 14, 2018. And what I’d said before in my previous blog on this: “I blame my half-done piece on working on my other done pieces” I’ve still been doing! For shame!

I did some research on how long most authors take to write their first drafts. I’ve read anywhere from a few weeks to six months. This definitely spurred me into thinking, “What am I doing with my work in progress?!”

I’ve got to just focus on this piece and finish it!

I needed some encouragement, so I wandered around websites for authors’ comments on finishing the first draft, and this one by Shannon Hale, a young adult fantasy author, absolutely struck and inspired me. I love it:

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” 

How long did it take you to write your first draft? What motivated you to get it done? If you’re not done, get to it! 😀







Remembering Love

On this Valentine’s Day, I love my husband more than I did when I married him, more than I did a decade ago, more than I did five years ago, and more than I did five days ago.

Love encompasses many — family, friends, God, animals. Remind them today how much you love them. Time is precious. ❤

I leave you with a beautiful quote centered on love by Charles Dickens:

dickens saying about last dream in his soul


Happy Valentine’s Day, loves.