12 Random Facts About Me

This was going around on Facebook and then my friend and fellow KWA member Brian Johnson pointed out that, “You should use that for your writer platform.” And he is correct! Do check out his site for his horror books here

So how about learning some random stuff about me just for stopping by my blog? Amusement is assured! 

1. Spent six years learning Krav Maga. 
2. I have a BLS degree from BU. 
3. I Love the smell of fresh cut celery. 
4. If my parents had never moved from the house in which I was born, I would have gone to high school with James Franco. Thanks a lot dad for that move to Arizona! 
5. My favorite class in school was always a language class. I even took Arabic for two semesters. 
6. My best Arabic sentence is “I live in a car.” 
7. #6 amuses me to this day. 
8. I lost count of the amount of times I dropped out of college –but, see #2. 
9. There was a solid 2 years of hardcore veganism back there somewhere…sorry veg friends but mamma tried. 
10. Ben Orr from The Cars was the nicest musician I ever met in this business and lives fondly in my memory for it to this day. 
11. My favorite places to drive in are the Mogollon Rim from Phoenix to Winslow and Niles Canyon from Fremont to Pleasanton, California. 
12. I do not remember the weekend my cousin got married in Vegas. The photos prove I had fun!

#Writemotivation for September 2013!

#Writemotivation for September 2013!

The last two months are a blur, but it’s time to settle this restless butt back into my writing seat. Let’s get some #Writemotivation going with my friend, colleague, and fellow Kansas Writers Association board member, K.T. Hanna! Writers, sign up at the link provided in this post. Otherwise, it’s time for me to create and share my own goals list for the month of September. 

My goals are to be realistic so that they are achievable. Here goes: 

1. Finish creating my final outline(s) for my YA novel — that means character outlines, location outlines, and the overall outline. This also means I must force myself to imagine it out completely and commit to what I create. And. Be. Done. With. It. 

2. Write a compelling first page. 

3. Write a compelling Chapter One. 

4. Once those three things are accomplished, I shall keep putting one foot in front of the other…or…keep on hitting one key after the next on the keyboard. Those letters make words, the words make sentences…and several tens of thousands later…there will be a book. 

That’s all I can come up with. I am trying to be fair. I am not trying to achieve psycho-bitch-Type-A-Oops-You-Spilled-Your-Sack-Of-Crazy. Just want to start and be firm about it. Just trying to make this a priority for the month. That is all. It’s doable. I will also tell all those blurry things that got me all summer long to go kick rocks. 

“It’s like that. And that’s the way it is!” — Run D.M.C.