Category: Personal

Today I Am Thirty

3-0. Three decades. Today, I am thirty. I don’t think I greeted twenty with nearly as much reverence as I do turning thirty today. I’m sure at twenty I was just impatient to get to twenty-one and then to twenty-two so I could graduate college and start my life. The beginning of this year brought us the ten year challenge and everyone’s nostalgic trip back … Read More Today I Am Thirty

Writing Updates: “Hyde Park” Short Story Sold, Publication Expected July 2020

In my last writing update, I mentioned I wrote and finished a short story two days before the Halloween deadline for an anthology. Well that story, “Hyde Park,” is now sold! Apparently there were over four hundred entries for the Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem anthology and just twenty-two made the final cut! I’m honored to have made it all the way to the end … Read More Writing Updates: “Hyde Park” Short Story Sold, Publication Expected July 2020

Writing Update: Rainbow Bookshelves, Audio Books, and More

I’ve needed to do something about my book shelf situation at home for about two years Problem was, I really liked the bookshelf I had, really liked my living room set up, and didn’t want to just get rid of a perfectly good bookshelf (or perfectly good books). So I kept piling all the new books on the floor near the book shelf, telling … Read More Writing Update: Rainbow Bookshelves, Audio Books, and More

How to Host a Successful Book Club: Lessons Learned From Five Years in the Trenches

Anyone can start a book club. The challenge lies in keeping it going. This month, the book club my friend Kariana Reyes started turned five years old. I’m OG member and I think I’ve been at every meeting and finished every book except for a handful! I’ve made new friendships through the book club and read books I never in a million years would … Read More How to Host a Successful Book Club: Lessons Learned From Five Years in the Trenches

Writing Updates: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

After last month’s writing update, I officially started the process of querying agents. And I forgot how much the querying process SUCKS. You basically send out a letter to decide the fate of your baby to someone you’ve never met and then spend literally weeks and months waiting around for the response to drop like a thunderbolt from the sky to either ruin or … Read More Writing Updates: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Cursed Collectibles: An Anthology is Available Now

It’s officially Spooktober and what better way to celebrate than with a new collection of spooky stories?! Cursed Collectibles is officially available through Amazon! The Kindle version is available now, with print and audiobook versions to come in the next couple weeks. Click here to purchase Cursed Collectibles: An Anthology for Kindle  Spend an afternoon antiquing and it’s not hard to figure out why … Read More Cursed Collectibles: An Anthology is Available Now

Cursed Collectibles Anthology to Be Released October 1st

I’m so excited to share I have a story coming out in the Cursed Collectibles anthology and it’ll be available for purchase on October 1st – just in time for Halloween! The story I have in this anthology, entitled “The Garden Party” is actually one I wrote way back when I was going to UCSD – and then rewrote and submitted for this! I love … Read More Cursed Collectibles Anthology to Be Released October 1st

Writing Updates: Starting the Query Process for Shadow of the Magician

This month I’m starting the agent querying process for Shadow of the Magician. I got feedback from most of my beta readers back and made all my changes to the manuscript from there. I also finished doing the grammar line edits so I feel like this is a solid, clean draft. I’m now at the point where anything else I might do it just feels … Read More Writing Updates: Starting the Query Process for Shadow of the Magician

Recap: Superstars Writing Seminars 2019

2018 Shannon thought her review of Superstars Writing Seminars was crazy delayed. 2019 Shannon said, “Hold my beer.” Superstars Writing Seminars 2019 took place the first week of February. It’s *cough* nearly September and this review is just now being published. But I don’t think it makes sharing my experience any less valuable, especially since this year I was experiencing it as an alumni, … Read More Recap: Superstars Writing Seminars 2019

Writing Updates: Congratulations and Write On

Two rejections. That’s how my July went. I could stop here. But this blog post is, after all, called “Congratulations and Write On.” Clearly, there’s more. The first rejection I received was for a short story I submitted to a themed anthology. On the whole, I thought the story was pretty good and one of the better things I’ve written recently. I did get … Read More Writing Updates: Congratulations and Write On

10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

While this blog has been often neglected in the course of starting my business, I was thinking recently that I’ll be celebrating eight years (!!) of book blogging this December. While my blog has changed a lot over the years, I’ve never fully put it aside and I’ve built a pretty good little following over the years. Besides Facebook, Isle of Books is my … Read More 10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

Writing Updates: Shadow of the Magician and More

That’s a pretty cool sight, right? As a writer, having all those words you’ve written in book format is really just an indescribable feeling. I can’t even accurately tell you what that feels like except damn good. In May I finished the most recent draft of Shadow of the Magician. I’m really excited about where it’s finally gotten to and feel this is about the … Read More Writing Updates: Shadow of the Magician and More