Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 56

So, since a couple of readers expressed an interest in reading more, I thought I'd take a page from one of my favorite writer bloggers (Lisa at Boondock Ramblings) and post the next part a little early. It's not the anticipated scene, but it comes next in the story. The information Rose is about to … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 56

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 55

Chapter Twenty, continued "You're staring." Robert smiled. "I like your dress?" Elaina snorted. It was true; he liked her dress. Green was a pretty color on her. But he also liked the sparkle in her eyes, the roses in her cheeks, the smile on her lips, the spring in her step. She'd been chattier, too. … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 55

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 54

I, er, sort of forgot about Elaina's friends Lily and Camille. But they're back now, trying to be the protective friends they are. Gosh, this thing really needs a rewrite! Chapter Twenty I took pity on Claudia. I'd seen her at party after party. She wasn't the prettiest or the most graceful. She was nothing … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 54

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 47

Chapter Sixteen, continued Rose steeled herself as she gripped the golden key in one hand, the other hand clutching the knob of a nondescript door. It wasn't inside the Hall, but, rather opened out onto the front lawn. The only way in or out was through the door Rose stood before. Her fingers trembled a … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 47

On Writing First Drafts: What Queen of the Garden of Girls Has Taught Me

On Writing First Drafts: What Queen of the Garden of Girls Has Taught Me - while writing my WIP and reading self-published books, I've learned a few things about what first drafts are

There was a time, back in my early twenties, when I thought my first drafts were pretty darn good. I thought a bit of proofreading and some light editing was good enough. I did not see them as first drafts, which meant I didn't see them for the horrendous train wrecks they actually were. As … Continue reading On Writing First Drafts: What Queen of the Garden of Girls Has Taught Me