NaNoWriMo 2018 Goals

Last year was the first year that I properly participated in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. This is a time honored tradition among writers. As you might have guessed, writers attempt to write 50,000 words of a new fiction project. Now if you kept up with my personal writing, I have never…

Writing Resources: Worldbuilding

As you guys know, I’ve been working on a lot of fiction recently. As such, I’ve been taking advantage of a lot of great resources. I thought it might be fun to share some of those resources with you, my friends! Today’s list is all about worldbuilding and scene setting.  5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Method for Setting…

New Year Goals

My new year goals for 2018 is: to be braver. I’ve been working on this little by little, but I want to make it a big effort this upcoming year. I want to be braver in my day to day life – whether that means applying for a job that there’s no chance in hell…

Author Interview: Devin Harnois

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Devin Harnois, author of the ownvoices novel, Rainbow Islands, Undaunted, and the Shadow Valley series. I’ve always loved things that go bump in the night and I have a habit of turning the “monster” into the hero in my stories. Half of my Halloween decorations never come down and I…

Before They Were Educators: Hollye Moss

Before They Were Educators: Hollye Moss A profile I did on Hollye Moss, head of the Global Management and Strategy Department here at Western Carolina University. Moss was absolutely wonderful to interview and incredibly interesting to talk to. I had a great time working on and writing this article. And Hollye – If you ever…

Sue Simkiss: Survivor

Originally published at The Western Carolina Journalist. One in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society’s data from 2013. My mother, Sue Simkiss at age 56 is now the 1 in 8.

Published in a new medium.

Published in a new medium. On Friday, we had a preview assignment due for News Reporting 1, and I chose to do my preview piece on the Artist-in-Residence concert that is coming up tomorrow. My professor asked a few of us to edit our stories and send them in again to be published in our…