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Well hello again!

Yes, yes, I still exist, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at my online activity. One month and one day after my last blog post of January 16, 2015, our little James entered the world. 397 more words


Errors pervade Yahoo

Errors pervade the writing at Yahoo!, like this misused word from Yahoo! Sports:

Purvey means to “provide or sell.” The word that means to “spread throughout” is pervade or permeate.


Proofreading and Editing: What's the Difference?

When hiring a freelancer – such as myself – it’s important that you know exactly what you want from me. What expectations do you have about the service I will provide? 425 more words



As someone who makes a living writing, I am embarrassingly bad at grammar—especially when it comes to commas. I once joked that I must have missed the week in third grade when commas were covered, but I’m afraid it might be true. 741 more words


Chapter 1: How to Write the Most Important Chapter of Your Book

“Chapter 1.” Two magical words that give no indication to the hours upon hours authors spend perfecting those first few pages. Without a captivating opening chapter, writers don’t make it past agents, editors, or readers. 761 more words

Tips For Writers

Character names - decisions, decisions! #amwriting

Being indecisive?

Am I the only writer who is indecisive when it comes to my character names?

I don’t have any children, and yet I firmly believe naming a child would be far easier than naming a character in a book! 333 more words


Publishing Plans, Writing Goals, and Other Assorted 2016 Shenanigans

Remember that one time back in February when I said Where The Woods Grow Wild would be available by late April? Yeah…that didn’t happen. As a matter of fact, July is almost over and I’ve yet to finish the second draft. 696 more words