Inspiration, Failure and Success

July 14

I wasn’t sure what to title this blog post. It was originally going to be about inspiration- but then I wanted to talk about failure and success as well. So I decided to combine them. Inspiration: I am blessed to be surrounded by people who inspire me in different ways. I go to critique group meetings and my friends there inspire me to write. The creative buzz I get from those meetings really helps my writing (along with all their valuable feedback). I have friends that inspire me to try new recipes or foods in the hopes of making culinary […]


You! Yes you, can borrow e-books from the library…

July 9

I knew you could borrow books from the library but never got around to figuring it out. A friend nudged me to do it recently so I tried it. Oh. My. Gosh! I shall be eternally grateful to her. I thought they probably wouldn’t have much available. I was wrong. They had e-books from authors even when they don’t carry the hardcopies in the library. Now every library is different. Some don’t have a very good selection. If this is the case with your library- talk to them. Maybe if they see the demand the will increase their inventory. Now, […]


I’ve found a hidden treasure, matey….

June 30

Not sure why I went with the pirate accent there, but I did find some book treasure. I love discovering a new book series. I especially love when I discover it after it has been out for a while- or even better if the series is complete. Yes, you do miss out on the anticipation of a new book coming out and all the discussion about it. However, it is easier for me to read the whole series in one shot so I remember what is going on with the plot and the characters. My memory has always been bad. […]


I am a Grabby McGrabber…

June 25

I grab people a lot. I’m talking in my writing people. Get your mind out of the gutter. Though there was one time when I was walking out of the dark movie theater and reached my hand back to grab my husband’s hand. I ended up grabbing another man- and it wasn’t his hand! True story! I was so embarrassed. But today I am talking about using the word grab in my novel. I finished chapter by chapter edits on it and emailed it to my kindle so I could do a solid read through. I noticed I use the […]


Phoenix Comicon Recap – Writer Version

June 16

So here is my writerly (yup, just making up my own words here) recap of comicon. There were quite a few writer panels. I was very happy.  Originally, I was thinking I would recap each panel including a few nuggets of wisdom. However, as you will see I went to a ton of panels! And I will admit, by Sunday my brain and body were pretty tired so I don’t know how much I processed. Mostly I enjoyed hearing from all the different authors and learning about their books along with what works for them as far as writing and […]


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Author Rissa Watkins was nicknamed “The Ninja” by her writing friends because of her habit of diving into the fray to squash online bullies. When she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, she transformed into a cancer-fighting ninja. She survived lethal doses of chemotherapy and radiation, a bone marrow transplant, going bald, and horrible hospital food to kick cancer’s butt.

These days, she has traded her throwing stars for a laptop, which she wields to write fiction. You can get a glimpse of her novel writing genius, or possibly nonsensical chemo-brain ramblings, by checking out her Novel Blurbs page.

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