Lessons to Practice #19: Organizing Principles and the Deepest of Themes

Hello and good evening! How is everyone doing tonight? I myself am feeling pretty phenomenal. Work, triathlon, Acro Yoga, and creative writing have all kept me sharp and cheerful this past week. I hope that all of you also have many accomplishments and experiences to revel in! Thematic elements of fiction can feel very subjective…

The Needle Drop

I have a little bit of poetry for you all tonight. I wrote this in the summer of 2012, back when I was riding the highs and lows of my romantic attraction to a special friend and triathlon teammate. To my fellow bloggers, writers, and poets: I hope you all find something memorable and captivating…

Lessons to Practice #18: Blogging and Networking

Happy Tuesday to you, fellow bloggers. May you all continue to have a good week with plenty of time for your writing! Networking and blogging are perhaps the most difficult peripheral aspects of becoming a writer. Speaking from my own experience, it’s challenging to establish a consistent and concentrated blogging platform, one that amasses a…

Creative Musings and Inspirations

Good evening! How’s everyone out there in the WordPress world? I myself am feeling phenomenal and really enjoying life as of lately. If you’ll entertain the thought, I feel like exploring our creative muses as writers tonight. What personal joys drive your writing endeavors? For me, it’s the following: all kinds of music (and I…

Lessons to Practice #17: The Eloquence of Your Voice

Writing without using your own true voice is writing without merit, plain and simple. Even if you happen to luck out and pen stories that land you a multi-million-dollar deal, going back and reading “your” own work will feel inauthentic at best, and painful at worst. Still, I have to honor the fact that finding…

Sounds of Summer 2017: Endeavour

Let’s be honest: You can’t have an unforgettable summer without that one special song. You know what I’m talking about: the song that makes you scramble for your earbuds first thing in the morning, before you even think about rolling out from under your cocoon of sheets. The one you blare as you’re cruising in your…

Lessons to Practice #16: Perfecting Act Two of Your Story

¡Buenas tardes! We’re right in the midst of a new week, and for some of us that means getting back into the rhythm of work, self-care, and all the usual adult responsibilities. My hope is that, no matter how busy your schedule gets, you can still find time to get your creative writing and blogging…

Stalder Press to Handstand – Chapter 1 (Revised)

Good evening, WordPress community! I hope your night has been treating you well. I’m happy to report that I successfully moved into my new apartment this past weekend! There’s nothing quite as peaceful as living alone, and I’m starting to get used to this newfound freedom. I’m also looking forward to hosting small dinners and…

Lessons to Practice #14: Nailing True-to-Life Dialogue

Hello! Did you know that I recently became a member of the Denton Writers’ Critique Group? I was fortunate enough to stumble across the group’s website in late January, and I attended my first meeting that very same night. My writing craft has never been stronger or more fully supported than now, and I graciously…