Ivy driving the train, as usual

(For anyone unfamiliar with Ivy, here’s her introduction and an explanation of these posts.)

Well, mortals, this week has been another roller coaster, but we’re on our way up, so Moos is feeling good about it right now.

While she scraped out more writing time than last week, her characters were being whiny. Tough things had to happen and they were digging in their heels, so I sat them down and gave them a pep talk. They’re cooperating much better now thanks to me and her fabulous Critique Partner (Krystle at betweenworldswriting.wordpress.com). Seriously, without all you wonderful writers out there in the Twitter world, Moos would be a train wreck and I’d be hanging on for dear life. Many thanks from the pixie muse.

Moos also had an epiphany this week! Granted it’s an epiphany I had a long time ago, but she gets a pat on the back anyway. Continue reading “Ivy driving the train, as usual”

Make way for the pixie alter-ego

I’ve kept my mouth shut for over a year, let Moos run this ship however she wanted, but it’s clear now she’s a lost cause. So many doomed ideas. So many failed posts. It’s a miracle she’s keeping up with the interviews. I told her to keep things simple, warned her not to get in over her head, but does she listen to me? Nope.

So I, Ivy, her pixie muse, her alter-ego, whatever you want to call me, am taking this blog into my own hands, tiny though they may be. Continue reading “Make way for the pixie alter-ego”

TurtleWriters news!

Some of you here may know about the TurtleWriters community I’ve been a part of, and for those who don’t, you can read more about how it all started and what it’s about here.

Since the hashtag’s original inception, there have been several new, exciting developments: the Sunday Twitter discussions, Wednesday Writing Prompts, #turtlesprints (30 minute writing sprints on Sunday afternoons), and a fabulous new logo (designed by the incredibly talented Mike Marsden). But the most recent and exciting development is the new TurtleWriters website, which just launched today.


Though the weekly discussion questions, writing prompts, and writing sprints that Rosetta, Meka, and I have been organizing have helped to round out all we try to offer this special community, we’re hoping this new website will act as a launching pad for even more resources and tools. For now, it’s fairly simple, but I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads and how this amazing community continues to grow!

From the beginning, this group has been focused on encouragement and support and Rosetta, Meka, and I have worked hard to maintain and defend that mission. So I encourage you to check out the website and see what TurtleWriters is all about!

Categories Fun

Winter’s Thaw

Icicles shot up from the wet snow as Tabor let out a frustrated growl. He glared at the frozen spiderweb clinging to the pine tree, its chittering music filling the forest clearing, mocking his pain. He scraped his hands down his face and through his shimmering silver hair.

He had weeks; weeks to get his first contribution for the Water Festival to work. Fists planted on hips and he took a few deep breaths. Kiel would have had the whole forest sparkling by now, but then Water Song had come more naturally to his best friend. Everything came more naturally to Kiel. Tabor’s chest squeezed as he remembered the Fire Fae explosion that had killed him three years ago. The anger and bitterness still gnawed at him.

Tabor had to get this right. For Kiel’s sake. Continue reading “Winter’s Thaw”


I recently took part in a fun game on Twitter called #WriteWars.

How it works is the organizer, Sam Baker @SamBakerWrites, has sorted the contributing writers into three different groups (Yellow Faction, Blue Faction, and Green Faction). On predetermined weekends she gives us a prompt with which to build a story.  For the next two days each group writes their own story on Twitter. At the end, whichever story is shown to be the most popular wins that individual battle. When the last battle is over in December, all the wins will be tallied and the #WriteWars champion crowned. Continue reading “#WriteWars”