A Thank You (and a Top Three!)

Merry Christmas, readers!

Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.netOkay, I can’t believe 2015 is so advanced that I’m even saying those words, but what a year it’s been. I know sometime between Christmas and New Years, I along with everyone else will look over my shoulder at this wild, crazy, wonderful year. I think I’ll shake my head—in both amazement and “who knew-ment”—and then I’ll smile. I hope your year in review evokes a smile too.

Speaking of review, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s been a faithful reader this year. My hope has always been that, in sharing what is on my heart, I can encourage you, and so many times you have encouraged me with your comments, shares, likes, etc. Thanks for being a part of this wild year and this blog.

If you’re curious, here’s an overview of the top posts of 2015. As you can see, it was a mash-up of a topics! Continue reading “A Thank You (and a Top Three!)”

On the Eve of a Deadline

Here I am hours before I have a post due and I have to admit I honestly tried going to bed early. I tried all the excuses about why I should just skip this month’s post. Most of them were quite valid, and it was a most interesting debate, but you can see which me won. Continue reading “On the Eve of a Deadline”

The Empty Inkwell: Changing and Returning Soon

The-Empty-InkwellYou may or may not have noticed an absence of posts here of late. And for that, I refer to my May 21st post, “When the Words Won’t Come.”

A lot of things were happening at once for me, and I had to let some aspects of writing go in order to keep my focus and prevent complete burnout. I needed a break in order to refill so that I could continue to pour out.

In the future, The Empty Inkwell will have a new post once or twice a month. (Wouldn’t want to get tired of TEI, now would we?) Some people enjoy predictability—I do too, to a point—but right now, I’m putting emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Continue reading “The Empty Inkwell: Changing and Returning Soon”

If You Enjoy Reading and/or Writing…

Exciting news! A group of writers and I have put together a new blog for fellow word addicts. When Readers Write will feature author interviews, short stories, book giveaways, glimpses into our writing lives, and oodles more.

Out of the ten of us behind When Readers Write, we’ve got a lot of fiction genres covered–from suspense to historical. I’ll be discussing speculative fiction, books, and all things literary over coming Tuesdays.

I’m eager for you to meet some of my writer friends! Stop by When Readers Write and feel free to subscribe, comment, and share.

Words from WFTS

For this post, I wanted to share some of the inspiring quotes from the Writing for the Soul conference I had the privilege of attending the weekend before last. There were many great speakers and so many good points, but here are a few quotes that really stood out.

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“The joy of telling a tale gives readers a good time reading it.” ~James Scott Bell

“The writing feeds the living. The living feeds the writing.” ~Brandilyn Collins

“It’s only too late if you don’t start today.” ~McNair Wilson Continue reading “Words from WFTS”

Giving Goals a Fighting Chance

DSCN0695 - CopyHappy New Year! The beginning of a fresh year reminds me of a blank notebook. Empty pages have always filled me with inspiration, and in regards to the new year, I’m looking forward to seeing how each new page of 2014 will be filled.

Of course, this is the time of year for resolutions. Love ’em or hate ’em it is admittedly the perfect time to make long-term plans. But after years of resolving, my solitary resolution this year is not to make any more.

Instead, I’ve set goals. And in doing so, I learned a very important lesson about game Continue reading “Giving Goals a Fighting Chance”

The Pen is in Hand

Starting a blog feels like opening a fresh journal on New Year’s Day. Everything ahead is full of unknowns. The starkness of the empty pages is exciting, but also daunting. What will each entry hold?

I wish I could hold this blog in my hand and flip through the blank pages, imagining all that will fill it and hoping it will be everything I picture.

The Empty Inkwell is unlimited. And not just by page number or binding. While the main focus will be about most things literary, it is not bound to that. As a writer, though I’m often contained behind my desk, I go where my words take me. That could be ten thousand miles away or to the untouched places within. I hope this blog will be as limitless as the long arm of the written word.

Join me, and let’s turn a new page.