Friday, December 2, 2016

NaNoWriMo Fail

Failure is hard to admit, but alas I have failed. And it's totally my fault.

I've been completely out of it these last several months. Okay...this year. I want to blame my day job. I want to blame my duties as a mom. A homemaker. A wife. I want to blame my recent diagnosis of anxiety .  But in truth it was all me.

I preferred to sleep or watch TV rather than write. I even wanted to blame the story. But I couldn't. The story is there.

I am proud that I completed 27k words. Writing something new. But I have to hold myself accountable.

I failed to complete the mission. My quest. I am grateful that the quest isn't over. I will finish this first draft. I am sure of it.

How do you hold yourself accountable?

Monday, October 10, 2016


When I first started this writing journey I was on a mission.  I kept to a strict schedule, thinking of writing as my part-time job. I held myself accountable.  Five published books later, my drive has waned.

I still have to fight thru obstacles to get my butt in chair. And the kicker is that the obstacles are those that I've placed in front of myself.

I own my choices.

After ten months of writing nothing new, I decided to jump into NaNoWriMo.

Sometimes, I shouldn't think so much and just write. NaNoWriMo is perfect for that.

Are you joining this year?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Celebrate the small things

I'm jumping on the Friday celebration. Go here to catch the other greatness going on.

I am celebrating...

  • My daughter turned 8! She thinks she'll be a teenager soon. I'm in denial.
  • I read two books and am reading two more! Yay!
  • I downloaded an extra 112 books I had on my nook. I found some awesome titles I'm eager to read. 
  • I am happy with my day job!
  • I'm writing something new
  • I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

What are you celebrating?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Motley Education SA Larsen Cover Reveal

How Awesome! 

Title: Motley Education (Book One: The URD Saga)
Author: S.A. Larsen
Release Date: October 10, 2016

Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire Afterlife alive.

Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically & Celestially gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman.

When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing, she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world. Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse Mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans...including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.

Motley Education has been aligned with Core Standards for grades 4-7. A guide will be available on the author’s website to download for FREE after the book’s release date.

About S.A. Larsen

S.A. LARSEN is the author of Motley Education, the first book in a middle grade fantasy-adventure series. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Look for her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, set for release in 2017. Find her in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years, four children, a playful pooch, and two kittens.

You can visit her online at

Follow her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram and connect with her on her Website & Blog.

Rafflecopter Giveaway Code
Five lucky winners will each receive a signed bookmark and assorted swag! Contest runs from 09/15/16 to 09/23/16. Winners will be chosen by

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Direct link to giveaway:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Starting something new

I am a panster.

I don't know why I try to change my writing method this far into the game. I have three published books, I have another one coming out next year. I must be doing something right, right?

But still I feel as if there has to be a better way.

I've tried outlines.
I've tried note cards.
I've tried a timeline, color coded, and pretty.

But after all is said and done, I have to sit down and write the darn thing. As I sit staring at the blank page I think about the note cards, the outline, and pretty colors and I can't get a visual in my head of anything worth writing. It's just a blank slate.

I suck.
I have nothing left to say.
My people are not talking to me.
There is no plot.
I am blind to all of it.

All because I'm trying to follow something I can't see or feel.  And I still try to change my ways.


That's such an awesome question. I have no idea why. Once again, I toss the notes inside a box I will never open, file the outline in a file folder inside another folder I won't ever find again. And I clear my mind and write what I see and feel.

Sucky first drafts. That motto gives me permission to keep going. Hopefully, I get somewhere. I guess we'll see.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016


We are in mid year already! Time flies. How many times I've heard that one.

I've been ... blah for a while now. I don't know what I want to read.  I don't know what I want to write. I don't know what I want to watch.... you get the point. My life has been pretty much stagnant in the writing arena. I just had a great vacation, have a carnival at my front door for the next 4 days, and am going camping with my daughter next weekend. For a socially awkward person, that's a big deal!

I'm trying to be a better mom, among everything else. And sometimes that means putting away my fears and forgetting how much time flies.

That's pretty much what I'm insecure about this month. And the whole being with other moms and daughters in the woods somewhere.

Yeah... wish me luck.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sign of the Green Dragon-A Review

Release date: August 3, 2016

This hasn’t been the best year for Sam, and it just got worse. Right when he thought he’d found a permanent home, his finicky guardian tells him he’s shipping Sam off to private school. This means Sam won’t bat for his team, and if he doesn’t, Haggarty Elementary won’t win the baseball championship again this year. His two teammates, Joey and Roger, are determined to stash him in their secret cave—at least until he brings in the winning run.

While the boys explore the hideout, an earthquake crumbles a wall, revealing a hidden room—and it’s not empty. A dragon-carved chest opens to reveal a human skeleton, its hand-bones clutching a note with a crudely drawn map. At the top of the map is scribbled, 1859.

Sam, Joey and Roger learn about a treasure lying in wait, if only they can locate something called the Dragon Twin, reveal the truth about an old murder, and return a person named Mei Ling to her ancestors in China.

The boys are up for the challenge. But how? They only have the map showing the way to an old mining town, and some strange symbols they can’t understand. None of them can make sense of the note. Who’s Mei Ling? And what the heck is a Dragon Twin?

With time running out before he’s sent packing, Sam and his friends set out on an adventure that has much higher stakes than any baseball championship—one that gets them into trouble with a modern crime, pits them against ancient Chinese dragons, and reveals the true meaning of treasure for each of them.

My Review
A middle grade action adventure book that includes a treasure map, dark, creepy places, and bad guys...oh, and dragons!  What's not to like!

Sam is being sent to boarding school before the school's big baseball game, and they finally have a chance at winning! Friends, Joey and Roger can't let Sam leave, so they decide to hide him in a cave. The cave ends up revealing a chest with bones, a note, and a map. With the mention of treasure, the boys are off to find it.

Clues lead them to a sad tale of hope, murder, and redemption.

As I read this story, it reminded me of what I loved about Goonies and Super 8--the courage of friends and the importance of family.

A great Middle Grade read.
5 Stars

Pre-Order on Amazon here.