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2016 Goals   Leave a comment

Here are my goals for 2016:

Let go of things out of my control.


Eat a variety of foods.


Take a walk a couple of times a week, every day if possible.



Pet a cat on a daily basis (I already do this).

Toffee at five months

Do something creative that fuels my soul with passion just because I like doing it.


Learn a new craft or improve on an old one.


Go to a museum and marvel at the paintings.


Set a deadline for writing and stick to it. Guard my writing time like a fierce mother lion protecting her cubs.



Watch a movie and laugh.


Go to Ireland on a Writer’s Retreat next summer (this is more of a dream than a goal).


Sell my book(s) and get a movie deal (another dream).







Go to the ocean.








Read more books.


Go to a bookstore and smell the books.











And most important of all: enjoy my life.


What are your goals?



Monday Musings   Leave a comment

In case you’re interested, I put up a new page with my fanfiction stories in it. Right now it’s only one, THORNFIELD MANOR: JANE EYRE AND VAMPIRES.

I like writing fan fic and may do more. I also like doing retellings as evidenced by my current novel I’m querying with agents, IN DARKNESS WE DWELL which is a young adult Frankenstein retelling with Jack the Ripper elements and has a female main character.

Thornfield Manor Cover

I have done two retellings of Little Red Riding Hood, one is a short story on Kindle called, LITTLE RED  and one I just finished writing and editing called, BLOOD RED. In this one the wolves are persecuted by the humans. It’s a YA fantasy.

I’ve also written a young adult retelLITTLE RED COVERling of The Phantom of the Opera that features a male aspiring opera singer and a female opera ghost who possesses him. That one is MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. I’ve recently revised it and aged it down from a New Adult age to Young Adult. I will be querying it soon.

My WIP is a young adult fantasy retelling of Romeo and Juliet also a fantasy.

And, of course, there’s my zombie short story on Wattpad, a retelling of Grimm’s fairytale, The Robber Bridgegroom. Mine is THE ZOMBIE BRIDEGROOM and you can find it here:


What are your favorite fairytales or retellings?


Why I Write   3 comments

Today on his blog, the lovely and talented, Chuck Wendig (his blog is here: asked fellow writers to write a blog post about why they write. He usually does a flash fiction challenge on Fridays. Sometimes I participate, sometimes I don’t. Today I decided to weigh in on this very topic.


Who knows? Is it because I learned to read at the early age of three and devoured books like they were potato chips? (Although I do love potato chips but I digress). I remember writing poems and stories before I went to kindergarten. Was it to make sense of my chaotic home life? (I won’t go into details but let’s say it wasn’t your typical happy childhood but then I don’t think such a beast is real, it’s more like an urban myth everyone aspires to achieve but few can. If you did, kudos to you). Writing stories for me was a way to contain my feelings. As I got older my stories became a part of me, like breathing. It was part of my identity. I wrote and wrote and wrote.

For a time when I was in a not-so-great relationship (cue violins) my SO didn’t see the point of me writing. I followed my writing down a deep, dark hole only accessible in the middle of the night. Until one day I realized, my stories needed to see the light of day again.

Armed with a new pen (or keyboard in my case) I began to write in earnest (ouch, sorry, Ernest).

I lost track of my dream of being a full-time writer and got involved with Life (yes, I meant it to be caplitalized). But now I’m back on the right path.

  • Why do I write? I think my DNA was coded with ink.
  • Why do I write? Words make me happy.
  • Why do I write? If I don’t write, I get grumpy. And no one wants to see that, believe me.
  • Why do I write? I’m a storyteller.
  • Why do I write? Maybe I’m the reincarnation of a writer who dies under mysterious circumstances. Hmm…(story idea?)
  • Why do I write? I’m always asking, what if? What if the alien landed in your backyard? (X Files reboot has me all excited), What if the neighbor who looks like a vampire really is a vampire? (Okay, now I’m channeling Fright Night). But you get my drift. writing-is-hard

And the final answer as to why I write is: I DON’T KNOW.

If you figured it out, more power to you. Meanwhile, I’ve got a story to write.

Take Care,


Posted July 24, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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Celebrate the Small Things-June 5, 2015   2 comments


Hope everyone had a fantastic week.

My celebrations:

  • I finished my rewrite of my novel and sent it off to the agents who requested it. WOO HOO.
  • A new book idea came to me but I had to put it on hold so I could finish the current one. I did have to scrap the first chapter (not a celebration exactly but good).
  • My blog earned new followers–thank you for following me!
  • Being a judge in Query Kombat (it’s ongoing until July), a writing contest that started this week. I had a blast looking at all the entrees.It’s a lot harder than you might think to give constructive feedback.
  • I participated in a Facebook book release party for DIRTY BOYS OF SUMMER, an anthology of romance stories, four of them written by Seymour Agency authors! Fun! http://
  • Although my entry didn’t make it into The Writer’s Voice, I still had a blast interacting with other writers on the hashtag. It’s one of my favorite parts of being in online contests!
  • My kitten is looking less like a kitten and more like a grown-up cat. She still plays like a kitten though and loves to watch “bird TV.” It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube. Video’s of birds on bird feeders fascinate the kitten. I have to sit with her on the floor because she gets so excited she jumps at the screen trying to get at the birdies, not all the time though. When she wants the TV on she looks at the blank screen then at me then back to the TV again. So adorable! She still doesn’t meow but yesterday she did a “merow” and we praised her. If we hadn’t heard her meowing in the car on the way home after we picked her up, we would think she didn’t know how. She’s a quiet little thing.
  • Toffee at 5.5 months

Posted June 5, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?   4 comments

Writers typically fall into one of two camps, either they plot out every single detail of their soon-to-be novel, chapter by chapter, scene by scene, making copious notes about characters, interviewing characters, writing backstory on the characters, knowing the beginning, the middle and the end before they write a word. They are called: PLOTTERS.

There is nothing wrong with knowing where your story is going and who’s going along on their journey, many writers thrive with this method. There are plenty of worksheets out there to use, Blake Synder’s SAVE THE CAT

is a great resource for novelists even though it was written for screenwriters. Beatsheets are found on various websites for writer’s to use.

Some writers use a hybrid approach and only plot main points or events.

An interesting approach I’ve used is the Reverse Outline. This is where you write down the ending, what happened right before the ending, what happened right before THAT and so on until you get to the beginning. This approach can also be done after the novel is finished to make sure your scenes work.

Writers can use their laptop with Office Word, a special writing software such as Scrivener or ywriter or many others. You can write using apps like Evernote on your tablet or iPad, you can write with a pen and paper in your Moleskin or journal. You can write on napkins in your favorite coffee shop. There are many ways to get your words out into the real or virtual world. Plotters can write scenes out of order. They may write a beginning scene or one at the end or several in the middle and later in the editing phase they’ll put them together in a form that makes sense.

I am not a plotter. Oh, I’ve tried. Believe me. Many times. I’ve done the writing software stuff, the outline, the scene by scene even writing on index cards or on a virtual index card a list of my scenes. It took me a while to figure out all I need to start a story is an idea, a character or a situation. I usually know the beginning of the novel, maybe I know the end but not always. Sometimes I do bullet points on an index card.

I have to face the truth.


PANTSERS write by the seat of their pants–hence the term: Pants-er meaning they don’t always know the character’s arc or storyline until they are in the midst of the story and sometimes not even then.

In order to pants it properly (say that three times fast) you need to have your idea/plot/story/character and you start writing. It’s okay to not know but I have to warn you, this leads to many, many editing/revisions down the road.

For example, in the latest book I entered into The Writer’s Voice contest (THE HEARTSEASE DETECTIVE AGENCY) it’s a fantasy detective noir. I had the idea to write a cozy mystery but I wanted it to be different. So I came up with a human male detective who is in love with a female faerie who happens to be a lounge singer in a sleezy club downtown. In this world Fae are accepted as “real” and are subject to human laws. All right, I had the idea then I had to figure out the characters. I based both the detective and the lounge singer on Bogie and Bacall in the 1940s even though this is present day. I knew I wanted the opening to start with Ree (the main character) singing in the club and I knew there had to be a murder fairly soon. In cozy mysteries they usually happen in the first chapter “off stage”meaning not in front of the amateur sleuth and I knew the detective interviewing Ree would be the love interest. After that….???

I started writing and the story developed as I went along. The hardest part of writing a mystery is coming up with red herrings–suspects the reader thinks might be the killer but isn’t. For a mystery you have to include these in your plot sprinkled throughout the story. Yes, I had to do some plotting.

Once the book was written, I did a reverse outline to make sure all the scenes made sense. I edited it, sent it out to beta readers (readers who will tell you if something is confusing or if there are any plot holes) and edited it again. Rewrote the beginning three times and there you go. I edit as I go which some writers don’t do (NaNoWriMo writers, I’m looking at you!) and just put the words down and edit later. I have to do some light editing as I go. I don’t worry about word count because I’ll add more in the editing part if the word count is low or cut if the word count is too high. I’m also a linear writer meaning I go from the beginning to the end in a straight line. I tried writing out of sequence and couldn’t do it.

I don’t fall squarely into either side so I’m more of a hybrid but I still call myself a Pantser.

No one writing process works for everyone. The important point is to find your own style, own it and use it. Try out many methods until you find one that works for you then BIC (behind in chair) and write until you finish the book. Then comes the fun part. THE EDITING PHASE. More on that in my next post.

So there you have it. Plotting vs Pantsing. Which is your method? Tell me in the comments below and happy writing!

Posted May 31, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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Celebrate the Small Things 5-29-15   4 comments

I’m back on track with my celebrate posts.

This past week I went to my in-person writing group and had a nice chat with other writers.

I finished the rewrite on my novel and now am going through taking out filter words like: that, really, very and passive words like was, I hear, I see etc. It’s a grueling process but needed! After that I’m going to go through it chapter by chapter to make sure each scene says what it needs to say.

My kitten is growing. Still getting hissed at by older cat but not as much. They actually both laid on the bed at the same time yesterday.

Turned my ankle last week but it’s better this week and hope to get back to walking soon. Giving it a bit of a rest for a few days.

And that’s it. Hope you and yours have a great week coming up. It’s June! Summertime and the living is easy…of course in Los Angeles it pretty much is always summer so there you go.

Take Care,


Cover Reveal for Library Jumpers!   Leave a comment


Our fearless writing contest leader, Brenda Drake has a book coming out in January and I’m one of the lucky bloggers who gets a sneak peek at the cover and I thought I’d share with all of you! Isn’t it gorgeous???

Library Jumpers

by Brenda DrakeLibrary Jumpers Cover

Release Date: 01/05/16

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound. 

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.


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About the Author

Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical.

When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


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