Roast My Post | An Invitation to Critique My Writing

Roasting. I’m not referring to roasting vegetables, which sounds amazing as it’s nearly dinner time. I’m talking about critiquing another writer’s blog posts. My blog posts. Since beginning this blog in 2016, there’s nearly a hundred posts to my name. Are they any good? Some, admittedly, are worse than others. I know my grammar isContinue reading “Roast My Post | An Invitation to Critique My Writing”

Five Booktube Channels I Recommend

To be completely candid here, I’ve been less excited about books lately than in years past. Inspiration comes in many forms, and some bookish inspiration was needed. So I headed to YouTube and looked for a few channels to get started. As a long time viewer of beauty community drama (it’s my guilty pleasure), it’sContinue reading “Five Booktube Channels I Recommend”

How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing

I come from a family that loves to hone our do-it-yourself skills, analyze projects seen on HGTV shows, and critique how houses are built. Since childhood we often stopped by a local hardware store to gawk at some new lighting or the latest DeWalt gadget after dinner out. Asking if anyone needs anything from HomeContinue reading “How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing”

My Seven Writing Goals for 2020

2019, for me anyway, was a rather directionless year. Every time I tried to set a schedule, or curb my procrastinator nature, my laziness grew by leaps and bounds. Yes, you read that right. I am a lazy writer. And I don’t want to be. 2020. Not only do those numbers roll right off theContinue reading “My Seven Writing Goals for 2020”

Why I Stopped Reviewing Books

Reviews. They’re as good as gold for authors, publishers, agents and potential readers. While some look for a good story or lovable characters, others thoroughly enjoy dissecting and catching every mistake. How do you find the right balance between glowing praise and hateful cynicism? That’s just one of the many reasons I decided to stopContinue reading “Why I Stopped Reviewing Books”

When a Character Says Goodbye

I always thought writers were crazy when they Tweeted about their characters “speaking” to them. For the first time since my novel’s conception, I experienced a “sayōnara” moment with my original villain. Now I know what all those “crazy writers” were talking about. And you know what? I’m now one of them. Yay! The downsideContinue reading “When a Character Says Goodbye”

I Am Discontinuing “The Bulletin.” Here’s Why.

Happy Monday, publishing world! Today’s one of those days where I finally made a decision on something and I must admit that it feels rather great. Back in July I announced a new eNewsletter called The Bulletin. In the three months of putting it out, here’s what I’ve learned: A. I’m sorely unqualified to produceContinue reading “I Am Discontinuing “The Bulletin.” Here’s Why.”

I Put Together a #writerslife Slide Show

THE FIREDAMP CHRONICLES was birthed three years ago, and since then I’ve built up a rather large inventory of writing related images. Some are as old as 2016, others are brand new. But I thought I’d make this impromptu slide show for inspiration, in case you needed any! There’s little clues peppered throughout, of whatContinue reading “I Put Together a #writerslife Slide Show”

Why I Write Historical Adventures

Earlier this year I put up a similar post titled Why I Write Historical Fiction. One of the many things I didn’t know when I started my writing journey is how many genres there truly are. There’s your “umbrella” genres, where you strictly write “history” or “fantasy” or “mystery.” But then there’s all the subcategoriesContinue reading “Why I Write Historical Adventures”

The Bulletin | Newsletter Announcement

Naming things has always been a difficult task for me. If I’m ever blessed with children I suspect I’ll have difficulty naming them as well. So I decided to go with something classic and viola! The Bulletin is born. “But, Leigh,” you say. “You’re not even published. How can we trust any advice from you?”Continue reading “The Bulletin | Newsletter Announcement”