Design Notes for THE QUEEN OF CROWS at

July 6th, 2010 · 8:40 am  →  News & New Releases posted my design notes for THE QUEEN OF CROWS today. I’m sure you’ve all heard me talk about how important the creation process is before; this diatribe delves into the collaboration and the reason why I offered this e-book to you. Here’s a quote from my notes: One of the primary goals I have […]

I Have a Story To Share

July 6th, 2010 · 8:08 am  →  News & New Releases

Hi everyone, Today, I’d like to offer you something fun from my author website at I hope you enjoy this story; I had a lot of fun writing it. Regards, Monica ***** For anyone who has gotten to know me, there’s probably a few things that stand out in your mind. One, I tell […]

2010.07.05 Frickin-Frackin Technological Snafus

July 5th, 2010 · 11:38 am  →  News & New Releases

Finished making the trailer and finding the sound effects for the music today. I decided to go with that “old film” feel as much as I could. Initially, I was going to do a black-and-white silent movie with scrollwork on black panels as the promotional text. It ended up being too hard to see the […]

2010.7.02 Music is the Universal Language

July 2nd, 2010 · 2:22 pm  →  News & New Releases

Had an exciting conversation with a professional composer this past week. While I work on the novel, I’m also looking at ways to promote THE QUEEN OF CROWS to raise funds for the print edition, which people are asking for. Hey, people. Remember that our world isn’t set up to allow writers, artists or musicians […]

New Releases and Other Writings

June 28th, 2010 · 4:56 pm  →  News & New Releases

Hello Live Journal-land, Things have been pretty steady on the writing front. Since the release of THE QUEEN OF CROWS, I’ve been more heavily focused on non-fiction than fiction, and there’s a couple of links I’d like to share with you. First up, I wanted to mention that I’ve got three non-fiction releases related to […]

Walking the World

June 4th, 2010 · 1:55 pm  →  News & New Releases

After much poking, prodding and arm-twisting, I mentioned I picked up a Nintendo DS. As part of my self-spoilage, I grabbed a selection of games and two items from the “Personal Trainer” line. I’ve been using Personal Training: Walking for a few weeks now, and I’m loving it. Daily goals and mini-goals and an over-arching […]

2010.05.28 I Don’t Need to Be a Celebrity

May 28th, 2010 · 11:03 am  →  News & New Releases

There’s a lot of advice for writers out there. One of the big pieces of advice is about how it’s important to have a “platform” or become a “celebrity.” (Looks at self in the mirror.) Okay, while I do have a bit of the theatrical flair on occasion — namely my love for all things […]

My Shoe Family, the DS and a Weekend

May 27th, 2010 · 11:53 am  →  News & New Releases

Like many red-blooded females (or cold-blooded if you prefer) I love shoes. Decided to throw caution out the window and invested in two pairs of wedges and non-soccer mom rain boots. (Keywords being: non-soccer mom). One pair of practical shoes, as well, but when you’ve got a big sign that says “Clearance” and a coupon […]

2010.5.19 And So I Begin…

May 19th, 2010 · 1:45 pm  →  Journal

And on this day, I marketh the beginning of my journal. It’s something I should have done before, but just never really thought about. Okay, scratch that last. I did think about it. I just didn’t feel that it was that important in the overall scheme of things. Yeah, so that was stupid, eh? I’ve […]

Hey You! Don’t Give Up!

May 17th, 2010 · 11:15 am  →  News & New Releases

The following message is dedicatedto any writer who has ever felt discouraged and depressed. Hey, you! Listen up. Yeah, you. Why the long face? Oh, I get it. You’re depressed because either: a) you don’t have any readers b) your book isn’t selling c) you haven’t been published d) your peers are surpassing you e) […]