Cancer in Life and Writing

I know that this blog is about writing, but I want to talk about something that I want to write about, but sometimes am intimidated by: cancer. If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago. Luckily, thyroid cancer is one of the less dangerous cancers, and I’m fine now. But the thing about cancer, is that it never really leaves you. You might be fine health wise, but you’re never really “fine” in any other sense. I always heard the phrase that people use about how things “spread like cancer” and I thought that there was something beautiful about it. To an English person, it’s a metaphor meant to show the relentless that something has and how it poisons as it spreads. As a cancer survivor, I don’t think it’s beautiful anymore, because I know what it means. Cancer doesn’t just poison your body—it poisons your mind, heart and soul. It’s something that sticks with you, even long after the cancers gone. Every time I go back for a check up, I worry that it’s going to be back. Whenever I get a headache, I have this split second of […]

Writing and Making Money

Okay, romance writers, is it just me or do you always feel the need to tell people what you do to “make money”? So, here’s the conversation I continually have with people: Them: So, what are you studying? Me: I’m studying English and Library Science. Them: Cool. So what do you want to do after you graduate? Me: I want to be a romance novelist. Them: *blank stares, awkwardness, disbelief, dismissal* Me: But, I’ll probably be a librarian or go into research or something with archives…to make money. Every. Single. Time. It’s ingrained in me to explain away my dream because I’m worried that people will hear the word “novelist” or “writer” and automatically think that I’m going to fail miserably. I used to be afraid to tell people that I want to write novels, let alone romance novels, but now I’m not. I’m proud of it. But I am afraid that people are going to see me as a failure. What makes me even sadder, is that it makes me sound like I’m ragging on the library side of things. Like I’m almost saying that it’s not my first choice—that instead it’s second behind writing. Really, I’d say they’re […]

Positive “No’s” in Querying Literary Agents

Today I got a “you have an intriguing idea here” and it’s the most positive email I’ve gotten after querying an agent! Though it was still a no and I might’ve had a heart pounding moment, it was enough to make the bleak writers-block world I’ve been living in feel happy and well…positive! It could’ve been just a form email, which is something you tend to get when querying agents, but even if it is, you have to take the no, realize that it’s a “no” but then focus on the other stuff. The stuff encouraging you to keep writing, the stuff telling you that you’re going to get somewhere someday, the stuff telling you that you’ll find an agent eventually. It’s kind of like when I complain about not having a boyfriend/fiancé/husband and my mom answers, “You’ll find him someday. He’s out there waiting for and looking for you, just like you’re waiting and looking for him.” So yeah, I’m looking and waiting for an literary agent. Of course, my answer to my mom is always, “Well he needs to look harder,” or, “He’s taking too long to get here.” But you know, sometimes you’ve just got to keep […]

You Might Notice Some Changes

I’m revamping the blog so that it’s more orientated to wanna-be authors and book-lovers, because yours truly is both. From now on, you’ll be able to learn everything to what books I’m reading, to where I’m at in my writing. There also might be articles about anything in between…who knows!! The point is, books are important. They’re a passion. A love. And to be honest, I’d be perfectly okay spending the rest of my life alone on a desert island with one (and food…and water…and shade…oh, and a man). Regardless, I want to share my passion for them without you and I hope that in turn, you will do the same. That being said, I might stray away from my romance novel love here and there, so all book lovers are welcome! There is also an official subscription email for a newsletter that I invite anyone to join! It’ll keep you updated on new blog posts and as this blog continues to grow, maybe other things, as well. However, I will try not to spam you! So, welcome and write/read on!!

Thanks for Joining Me!

Welcome! If you know me, then you can probably imagine how giantastic my smile is right now.  If you don’t, then just imagine the biggest, cheesiest smile you can think up, put a bright red face to go with it, and know that I couldn’t be happier to have you here with me. When a person admits that they want to be a writer, people to tend to give them the HA!-have-fun-starving, I-really-hope-you-can-afford-clothing, what-the-heck-are-you-thinking look. If you’re lucky enough, you might get a more excitable response instead and ask about what you’ve written or what you want to write, maybe even what literary works you hold to high esteem. Most of the time, though, you get that look and you’re forced to either bend to their will or stand up for yourself. Personally, I can never do either of those. I’m too passionate about writing to downplay that important piece (okay, chunk) of myself, but my fears hold me back from defending myself because the fact is, I can’t argue what I don’t know. No matter what I will always and forever be a writer at heart, but if I’ll get a book deal? If I’ll actually sell books? If […]