#TBT: Moving in Increments, The Journey of a Thousand Miles

I’ve been looking over all my old blog posts (I had another site before this one), and found one with a message still relevant to this blog. So, I thought I would share it. #TBT

Moving in Increments, The Journey of a Thousand Miles

Recently, I put up a blog on visualization and motivation. I know thinking of the finished project can be a great motivator, but what about when the project seems too big, overwhelming, and suffocating?

In my University, any big project I had was already broken up for me in the syllabus. Unfortunately, other problems or projects in my life are not already broken up into pieces, and I’ve noticed I can get overwhelmed or discouraged if the project is too big. Luckily, I’ve found ways around this.

The biggest problem I find with some people, including myself, is we do not give the right amount of credit for each incremental step in the process of the project. People often acknowledge projects as a whole, but not as individual steps. For instance, say I’m moving out of one house and into another. Everyone knows this is a long, tedious process. And it’s astonishing the amount of trinkets and possessions one person can accumulate over time. Thinking of a hundred boxes stacked all over the house, waiting to be unpacked is daunting. And as the old saying goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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Maybe it’s just me, but this quote is only inspiring sometimes. It’s great to think “just one step at a time” while doing projects; regardless my mind likes to skip ahead to the other 999 steps ahead of the first one. Because no matter how I look at it, a thousand steps is a thousand steps. Frequently, by the time I reach step 10, I’m bored, uninterested, and the end may be too far away to visualize.

So instead of visualizing the realization of my ultimate goal, I decided it’s best to visualize each step as a small, mini goal. To continue with the current example, instead of seeing tons of stacked boxes and thinking of the work, I will focus on one or two boxes. If I manage to unpack one to two boxes a day, I will congratulate myself. My daily goal is met! It’s something to be proud of. It’s to easy to think of what could have been done, say ten boxes, but it’s better to feel proud about what was done. Thinking of it as a drop in the bucket is counter-productive, so it’s important to remember to appreciate the accomplishment of daily goals. It goes a long way towards motivation because it creates a healthy sense of accomplishment. If I do think of the ultimate goal, it’s better to think “I’m one step closer and proud of today” over “Wow, that’s it?!”

Tips on Creating Goals: It can be a challenge to create appropriate goals. The key is to make it big enough so the project takes a reasonable amount of time, yet small enough so it does not seem daunting. Take into account other activities that need to be done and your energy level. The most important thing to remember is the purpose: incremental steps are made to make the project seem manageable, so the steps need to be manageable. And do not compare yourself to others! It’s okay to go at your own pace.

Hope you reach your goals!


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Updates on Clover, RFS, and more!

It’s been awhile, but I do have some updates.

I’m currently writing Clover: a gothic romance between a naive Trystan and a hopeful yet doubting Clover. They meet by chance and take a leap of faith. This novella is my twist on a fairy-tale. More snippets and details on Clover can be found on my Facebook,

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A picture to give a hint about Clover’s adventure.

Instagram, or Twitter under #Clover. 

During the winter months, I worked on story-boarding RFS, you can see a picture or two on my Instagram. It’s a dramatic romance, but with a twist and some dark humor thrown in. This novel has many undertones and themes, so it’ll take awhile before it’s ready, but I’m looking forward to the journey.  More details on the work and process of RFS can be found on my Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter under #RFS.

I also completed a short story during February. I entered it in a competition, so I will give you more details on that when I hear more. It’s about Starla and the toll a starless night takes on her life.

I will also participate in CampNaNoWriMo this April, so you can find me sprinting on Twitter.

Hope you’ve been well!


*I got the picture from Unsplash. It was from Alex Grodkiewicz.



Tapestry is on Sale!

For the first time since its publication, Tapestry is on sale! It’s 99 cents for a limited time.  You can buy it hereNEW TAPESTRY blurred resized

Tapestry is a short story collection filled with dark and hopeful short stories. It tells the tales of outsiders. Michael makes a drastic decision while dealing with pain and anger. Cate feels trapped, and has to find a way forward. Fitz gets stuck with his cantankerous, old aunt. A mysterious man wanders through a dark world, trying to find an escape route. These characters and others will take you with them on their tumultuous journeys through life.

The sale ends Sunday, so get it while you can.

Have a great week!




I’ve been away from the blog for multiple reasons: personal and professional. I’ll skip the personal. Professionally, tons has been happening!

This summer was amazing. I found out more about my writing process. I’ve struggled over the years with exactly how I form my stories and edit them. As each year goes by, I perfect my personal process, which makes it easier to create. I’ve found out just how different each writer is when it comes to writing, it’s lovely to have my way more defined.

I’ve also made some brand decisions. I think I’ll keep my reviews short and more towards my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.  I love posting and talking about books and shows. I may decide to do another one on my blog, but overall, it’s not my thing right now.

I’ve been working on two novels! RFS is almost half way through it’s first draft! And I’m working on a novella (maybe a short novel) that’s at least a third way through its first draft. Calliope has been pushed back, but not forgotten, so stay tuned for her story. I hope to have it published some time in 2020.

And keep an eye out…a sale is coming! I’ll announce it on Facebook and Twitter next week!

Happy Halloween!

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Something New: A Review!

I’ve been thinking what I want to do with my blog. Thus far, I have stuck to my own life but let’s face it, there’s not a lot to say when I’m a starving artist trying to make it, eating cookies and writing all day.  I’m still not sure, but I thought it would be fun to talk about movies, shows, and/or books on this blog along with the rest of my life. After all, consuming art is just as much a part of my life as making it. So, for this post, I want to do a book review. I just finished Sophie Kinsella’s Surprise Me.

I’ve been on a reading binge, and have specifically been reading Sophie Kinsella books for the last couple of weeks. I always thought Confessions of a Shopaholic, one of her more famous works, was cute and funny. When I read, My So-Called Perfect Life, I was enchanted by the character and laughed uncontrollably. Then, I came upon Wedding Night, while the two main women were hard to relate to, there were still hilarious hi-jinks. However, Surprise Me broke away from the mold. While some may have found the surprises funny, I did not laugh once. Kinsella seems to have lost her funny bone in this one.

I have read a few other reviews where the reviewer said the book had a more serious tone. Kind of. But not really. It takes more than 80% of the book before anything remotely serious happens. This is the climax and it feels like it has taken too long to get ready and has shown up late. The remainder of the book is a mad dash slapping everything together.

It’s an okay read. It’s not so slow that I had to put it down, but I wasn’t riveted either. I wouldn’t pay the whopping $14.99 for it, that’s for sure.

Last but not least, it may be just me, but I hated the made up words as this was a modern romance, not a fantasy. Apparently, this is a pet peeve I never knew I had until now.

When I read or watch something, sometimes I have wishes for the work. What I wish would have happened.  As a writer, I know the plot may not allow this 100% of the time, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

My wishes for this book:

I wish there was more on Sylvie’s job. It gets a few interesting pages, but that’s it.

Spoiler Alert! I wish Sylvie gave Dan a harder time for lying to her instead of doing what she always does: praising men for their ability to do something somewhat considerate. She’s not a child. This plot line is silly, but not in a good or funny way.

Spoiler Alert! There was something off about Sylvie and her relationship with her father. It was beyond creepy. Sure, the book set it up where she found out he was an ass, which lead to her having a healthier view of him, but given how disturbing her infatuation was, I don’t think it would have been that easy for her to let go. Moreover, even if he was a great guy, their relationship was sick. I wish this part either wasn’t so disturbing or went further down this disturbing road. Instead, we get a quick, upbeat fix to a worrisome problem.






Normally, I would be putting up my resolutions blog. However, my resolutions haven’t changed from 2016. The essence is the same. So instead, I’m going to write an update. Guess what?

Tapestry is finally PUBLISHED!!!! At long last, that resolution has been met. It has taken me over three years. It feels surreal. I’m happy and nervous. My first book has been published…the first official Kalen Williamson novel.  Wow.  I did it!

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You can buy it here. I hope you like it. I wrote a guest blog for it. You can view that here.

Obviously, I want to publish more in 2018. I know by the end of the year I should have a book out about Calliope Jones, a woman finding her independence and looking for love. Throughout the year, I will be releasing little tidbits of her story on Amazon. The first installment is called Calliope’s New Year.

Last but not least, the book I was collaborating on, Campfire Stories, has been released as well. One of the contributors, Allison, wrote a blog about what inspired out stories.

It’s funny how writing works. For the longest time, I told everyone I was working on projects, but I didn’t have anything to show for it. It kind of sucked. I SWEAR I’M WORKING!! There’s no instant gratification when it comes to writing.

Then, in what feels sudden but isn’t, I have multiple works published within weeks if not days of each other. BOOM!

2017 has been a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope all your resolutions come to fruition.



*I used Unsplash to make my Tapestry collage.

Plot Holes and Questionable Details: Why We Need Them

Plot can be a problem for many an author, including myself.

When I first started writing, I thought there should be no plot holes and that stories should make sense. It’s why we have editors and beta readers. However, once I got into the thick of writing, I realized that some plot holes and wonky details are necessary.

There’s an art to plot. You can’t explain every detail. Not only is it tedious for the reader, it’s also easy to write oneself into a corner. Added to that, most supernatural stories wouldn’t make sense without a few questionable details and purposeful blanks.

For example, I’ve been watching The Originals, which has a huge wonky detail. It’s about a group of creatures obsessed with Pic from Unsplash william-recinos-194213taking over the French Quarter. Before I started writing my own novels, I would have gotten frustrated with everyone’s refusal to move somewhere else, and would have stopped watching. IT’S NOT THAT HARD TO MOVE! PEOPLE DO IT ALL THE TIME.

As a writer, I know some things have to be written in like loyalty to location. If not, why would there be a show? Everyone would have moved on, been happy, and we’d all be watching families eating dinner and smiling. Not the most entertaining. So instead, the creatures of the night cling to history and bloodlines as a reason to die, repeatedly, as opposed to taking over Paris or New York like any sensible creature would do.

The deliberate plot holes are one of the hardest things to decide. What details matter and which ones don’t. I haven’t perfected it myself.  But, whenever I add a detail, I think to myself: Is this necessary? What does it add to the story? How confusing would the story be without it?

When I have backed myself into a corner or gotten bogged down in details, I know I have gone too far. Probably over-explained.

For instance, in The Nightmare Before Christmas, there are numerous questionable details and a plot hole or two. We do not know how Jack got back from Christmastown–how do those doors work?  Jack doesn’t know what snow is, but sings about it. The kids were easily able to follow Jack’s directions to the mysterious, previously unknown holiday doors (125 trees forward, avoid the diagonal ones despite this being a forest, and 8 trees left), but could not remember which door to use. Jack manages to deliver Christmas gifts quickly enough to cause chaos despite having none of Santa’s magic. And no one thinks to look for Jack after shooting him down. Can he die? He’s a skeleton, but Halloween town was concerned over his “death.” Speaking of which, I have no idea how no one knew of the other towns, but managed to conjure an image of them when Jack was Sandy Claws. How do those doors work again?

A writer could think of ways to fill in those plot holes, but it would be a terrible story if they did. Imagine a movie where every detail was explained: it’d be three times as long and dull with no action pushing it forward. I love the movie as is.

I have a newfound appreciation for writers with questionable yet intriguing details, and outstanding plot holes.

Happy Writing!


New Start

June was crazy with Tapestry edits. That round of editing has come to an end. Yay! One more round to go! In the meantime, I need to start another project.

With each new project, I learn more about my process of creating. For a week, I take a break and relax. The second and third weeks I think about what I want to do, and how I want the new story to go. I often look for inspiration around me. I think about life, read books, watch movies. Somewhere around the fourth week, I’m ready to write!

The next part is the hardest part: jumping back into the writing schedule. The imagining, creating, learning and research part is magical. It’s fun and laid back. The actual writing part is where the technical aspects and will power enter into the equation.

I have decided to continue on with my fairy tale novella. It was originally a part of Tapestry as a short story, but I thought I could expand the story substantially so I put it aside.

I have read what I wrote all those years ago. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect, but wow! I titled something “meet cute,” but left out the part where the characters actually talk to each other. So far, I have two characters barely acknowledging each other at a coffee place. That was a laugh out loud moment for me. Apparently, when my ideas are flying around, I write whatever inspires me and skip the rest.

I’m so excited to write the rest of the story…in my mind. Now, it’s time to actually do it! 😛

anthony-gotter-670.jpg*(The picture I chose for this blog is a little hint about the novella. I thought it would be fun. The picture is by Anthony Gotter from Unsplash.)


Mad Dash

My social media and blog progress has fallen short of my goal this season.  I think I’m two blogs short, and I haven’t posted anything on my social media in weeks.  I explained a little, in my last post in April, why I fell short.

My birthday was at the end of March, and I did spend some time with my family.

I also did a quick life revamp. I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. I bought an adorable mirror for my wall. It’s a baroque mirror; I feel like a nicer version of the wicked queen. It’s great.

I started my diet again. It’s been up and down. It involves a lot more cooking and time.

Lastly, I’ve been working on Tapestry. I’ve done a ton of edits, and still have a ton more to do. However, I have a deadline. And not one of my imaginary, hope-I-meet-it deadlines. I have a friend who is beta reading my work. She has some stuff she has to handle by mid-June, and won’t be able to help me again until the end of the summer. I want to finish all the edits on the stories before she’s unavailable.

Editing away!

So far, it’s been okay. I have enough distance to edit properly; I feel like I’m really improving the stories. I have gotten half of them to her. However, I need to finish the other half in under two weeks.

I have also thought about redoing the cover for Tapestry. I don’t want to start from scratch, but I do want to make improvements. I’ll see how I feel about it in a couple of weeks.

And I want to create covers for my friend’s short story series. So I need to squeeze in some meetings about that in the upcoming weeks as well. (Which I am very happy to do.) This is all to say, wow am I busy. I am enjoying the work, though.

I will try to do better with the social media. It’s been hard to get back into the swing of it.

I have had more blog ideas. I have written them down. I’m excited to write them. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I can squeeze in the two blogs I missed during this craziness.

Happy spring everyone! Hope it’s going well for you.

Here, There, Everywhere

The last couple of months have been hectic.

After Campfire Stories, I needed a little break. I relaxed, and gave myself time to think about what I wanted to do next. I also bought a few books! 😀

Shortly after my break, I got to visit with my aunts and my uncle, which was amazing. I learned a fun and crazy card game. We stayed up all night playing. I won a few times, but I had a pro on my team.michal-parzuchowski-43274

Pretty soon, I will get to see a different branch of the family tree. I hope that goes equally as well. I’ve been running around trying to prepare for it. I bought an adorable bathing suit. I also attempted to clean.

While it’s been tons of fun, it’s also been distracting. I haven’t gotten much work done. I tend not to work when I have guests, so my break lasted a lot longer than I thought it would.  Plus, it takes a moment for me to get back on track each time I change my schedule or have a lot of stuff going on.

After this next visit, my schedule should be clear for awhile. I hope I can focus during the second half of April, and finally get Tapestry close to finished by the end of May. I already marked up one of the stories.

I’m super excited to get back to work. I’m going to try to squeeze in another story before the impending family visit. Who knew I could miss work? The feeling is probably fleeting, so I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.