In Praise of Praise

I used to be that kid. From elementary to high school I was the teacher’s pet: studied hard, scored well, helped out, and spent most of my time reading. This paid off in various ways. I had great relationships with most of my teachers and they usually let me do what I wanted. In fourth… Continue reading In Praise of Praise


Six Years of Stained

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved vampire novels. She devoured every bloodsucking book she could find—Look for Me by Moonlight, Dracula, The Vampire Chronicles—and loved the idea of a dark and mysterious figure sweeping her off into adventure. Sometimes she even left her window open, hoping that the clear invitation would… Continue reading Six Years of Stained


How to Deal with Evolving Characters

When you’ve been working on a project for a long period of time things tend to change. That’s just the nature of writing, editing, and revising, but a lot of the time the organic and natural changes that occur seem out of your control, beyond your reasoning, and tend to frustrate more than relax. That’s… Continue reading How to Deal with Evolving Characters


The Story of Stained

It was the summer of 2010. My then-boyfriend The Samurai was in Los Angeles visiting his family, and I’d decided to spend my holiday in Oregon because of that. I went to an unplugged household with no Internet, poor cell service, and one working DVD player. It was the perfect environment to work on my… Continue reading The Story of Stained


A Quick Word: What I’ve Been Up To

            It has been a little over a month since I last updated Misc Musing, and I would like to apologize for that. A lot of things have happened since my last post that were unplanned, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have the time to write or keep up.             The first thing being, of… Continue reading A Quick Word: What I’ve Been Up To


A Personal History of Writing

            I often credit J.K. Rowling for being the reason that I became a writer, and I still find this to be true. Before I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I’d enjoyed reading and books, but never really thought of doing it myself. Before I decided to become a published author, I’d wanted… Continue reading A Personal History of Writing