More edits

I got chapter three edited over the weekend. I’m so happy. I hadn’t expected to get any work done over the weekend. The trade-off was that I spent all day Sunday inside while my husband mowed the lawn. I have allergies or I would be mowing the grass.

But we went for an adventure in the woods on Saturday and took the girls mushroom hunting. It’s always a little funny to watch them gingerly pick their way throw the woods. The little one was finally feeling comfortable by the time we left.

I hope to get chapter four edited today. Wish me luck. I hope your projects are going well.

ReBlog – Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing originally published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian asked some of today’s most celebrated authors to each produce a list of personal writing commandments. After 10 from Zadie Smith and 8 from Neil Gaiman, here comes Margaret Atwood with her denary decree:

Source: Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing – Brain Pickings

ReBlog – Writing Groups: How To Write a Constructive Critique

How do you write a critique of another writer’s work without looking like an a-hole? Or worse, like you don’t know what you’re doing. Find out here.

Source: Writing Groups: How To Write a Constructive Critique

Reblog – Top 4 Free and Incredibly Useful Writing Apps

Whether or not you’ve fully embraced the digital era, as a writer you have plenty to gain from it. Sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. Fret not: your hardbound books and loose-leaf paper are not under threat. But there’s simply no use clinging to the past when there’s a glut of free resources available to writers at the click of a button. Need feedback on a poem? There’s an app for that. A clean, distraction-less place to store notes and inspiration? It’s a free download away. You’ve got nothing to lose here– so go ahead, experiment, find the app that fits your needs, and get to writing!

1. Draft This handy little web app offers streamlined word processing with version control and collaboration. Translation: you can accept or ignore feedback from editors and anyone who reviews your writing after you’ve received it. Their changes are not automatically added to your draft, but you can go through afterwards, line by line, deciding what you’d like to keep. A bunch of other great features make Draft worth a free download, not the least of which is its Hemingway Mode. Should you choose to use it, Hemingway Mode puts you in a write first, edit later mindset. You cannot go back, only forward. No deleting. The only writing you can do comes after what you’ve already written. When you’re ready to do a full-out edit, just shift back into normal mode.

Finish reading at its source: Top 4 Free and Incredibly Useful Writing Apps – The Writer’s Circle


Here is a very bad picture of my edits.

Mind Scrambling

Edits Brickley Jules

Blue is additions and red is deletions. Black is where I started.  Not much remains of where I started. I don’t know if that is good or bad. Good I hope. Chapter One and Chapter Two have been scrubbed clean of -to be and -ly. Well as much as my mind can currently stand. Lol!

ReBlog – SOOP 10th place – Renee Stanley

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Check this out and consider voting for this lady.

If I knew ranked 10th place this week for votes with SOOP.  While it is still a long way from 1000 votes, I think it’s a great start and couldn’t be happier.

Source: 10th place – SOOP | A Bookish Delight

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ReBlog – What makes a good beta reader?

A good beta reader can help you make your book manuscript 10 times better than it was before. But where do you find one of these magical creatures?

Source: What makes a good beta reader?

#NaNoWriMo, #CampNaNo, #Writing & #NaNo Critique Groups

I’m in need of a critique group/beta reader

Any information would be greatly appreciated. I’ve had people suggest links in the past to different sites and I was keeping track of those on a list which has disappeared.

I’ve been incredible lucky to have found several great authors in the writing community willing to give me advice and suggestions.  Their help has been amazing!  But as the saying goes I don’t want to wear out my welcome.

I need someone to read my stuff and give me feedback on a regular basis.  I’m willing to do the same.  Not necessary grammar related more things like if the story is flowing or if parts are redundant.

I currently have a two stories that I would love some feedback on.  One is a mermaid romance I’ve been calling it a fantasy erotic romance but it may be more fantasy young adult romance if there is such a thing.  The other is a woman’s journey back from a divorce from a not so nice ex. I’ve been calling it a chicklit and I think that’s a good fit for it.

A Bookish Delight Website – Critiquing & Beta Reading Services

Check out this lady if you are looking for Critiquing or Beta services.  I wouldn’t be where I am now with my books if it wasn’t for her.


I offer a range of affordable services to help make your manuscript shine. Each one offers advice on ways to improve and points out the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript. 

A simple beta read comes with a 1 – 2 page summary of the strengths and weaknesses and offers suggestions on how to improve your manuscript.

A detailed critique will offer advice and point out the strengths and weaknesses page by page. 

Lastly the in depth critique is a combination of both the detailed critique and the beta reading service and will provide an overall summary of the strengths and weaknesses and advice on how to improve as well as detailing points page by page.

Customizable packages are also available upon request should these not suit your needs. In this case we will discuss what your needs are how best A Bookish Delight can fit them and quote a price tailored to your requests.

Source: A Bookish Delight

My #1linewed – Nod


My #1linewed from my #wip #OutoftheBlue.

With a nod in Boone’s direction Drake introduces him.

Squealing with delight, Callisto nods in agreement.

Jenibelle nods at Callisto and snares her in a hug…


Sick babies, glasses & showing not telling

That sums up the last few days for me.

I haven’t slept more than a few hours at a time the past five night because my littlest is sick.  The doc can’t give her anything since it’s viral. Her fever bounces up and down like a yo-yo.  She’s better today.  I’m so glad.

I took my big girl to the eye doc yesterday and she needs glasses.  I suspected this.  She gets great grades but in these days of technology 2nd graders take most of their tests on computers and she can see those.  I’m sad she has to have glasses but glad we found out before it messes with her grades.

I asked a few helpful people to give me feedback on my first chapter I have posted here.  So far the feedback has been that I need more showing and less telling.

Google has been my friend. I’ve been searching and reading how to show and not tell.  I delved into Her Unexpected Life and began tearing it apart and rearranging it.  Then I picked it back up today and did the very same thing to it.

I think I have Chapter One memorized so I’m stepping away for a few days.  I like lists and point by point actions but that’s boring and nobody wants to read that. So with a scrambled brain I’m moving on to chapter two.  I’m not going to let the sting in my eyes betray me after I knock over the carafe full of dairy. (I’m not going to cry over spilled milk.)

See my brain likes the short one so much better.  That’s why I have to scramble and then retrain it.



ReBlog – Four Different Types of Writing Styles: Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive, and Narrative

There are four different types of writing styles: expository, descriptive, persuasive and narrative. Learn the definitions of each and the key differences.

Source: Four Different Types of Writing Styles: Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive, and Narrative

ReBlog – #TeaserTuesday #FlashFiction #TuesdaySerial – “Dirty & Flirty” – Part 3

One more installment after this one.  I haven’t read it yet.  I’ve been waiting to read it with you.  One more week.  The wait is killing me.
Photo credit: Friscocali via / CC BY-NC

When I felt a presence next to me, I stood up and turned around.

“Delaney, meet Tyler Jordan. Tyler, meet Delaney Davenport.”

We both just stood there and stared at each other in shock for a long moment. A very, very long moment.

The shock on his face transformed into a slow and wicked smile but I couldn’t do the same.

I was beyond mortified.

I was busted.

Continue Reading: #TeaserTuesday – “Dirty & Flirty” – Part 3- #FlashFiction #TuesdaySerial

ReBlog – The One Thing You Need to Do Before Starting a Novel… KNOW YOUR GENRE. (Here’s how!)

Note: this post was originally part of a writing series, and some comments may refer to that. Of all the writing advice I’ve ever given, people have probably appreciated this the most: understand the genres of books, and know where yours fits in.

When I first started figuring out how to write a novel, I didn’t consider genres at all. This was a big mistake. You always have a better chance of success if you begin with a clear vision in mind of what you want to accomplish.

This post is to help you think about where you would categorize your story, and to help you get more savvy about the genre of your choice.

More from the source: The One Thing You Need to Do Before Starting a Novel… KNOW YOUR GENRE. (Here’s how!) – Bryn Donovan

Spinning My Wheels

I don’t know where to go from here.

Do I start a new story unrelated to everything I already have going?  Do I finish something I’ve already started?  One of the short stories perhaps.  Or the sequel to Out of the Blue.  Do I give a side character from Her Unexpected Life a story of their own?

I could just take a break for a while and wait till I get ready but I may never get ready.  I could wait till I hear back from my editor on my stories.  But how do you know which suggestions to use and which aren’t for you?  Personally I don’t like a comma before ‘and’ in a sentence.  It feels unnecessary to me.  But if I don’t use one will it damn me in the writing community?  Should I care if other writers think I’m not as professional as them because I don’t use the Oxford Comma?  The reader’s what matters right?

How do I know when my book babies are ready to leave the nest?  Do I take to heart the one or two not so positive opinions and throw out all the good ones on my stories?  I bet this is where a publisher comes in.  If I had one they would tell me if my story was ready.  If you’re an Indie Author how do you know when your story is ready?

Maybe I should title this stuck in the mud.