Tag: debut author

Sh*t Happens

Rachel Fikes

Forrest Gump had it right. Shit happens. I won’t have any problem completing edits for draft three this month. In fact, I’m almost done now. Then what’s the problem, you ask? Money, or rather, the lack thereof. Believe me, this is not a rant… Continue Reading “Sh*t Happens”

No Rest for the Wicked

We took a mini vacation this week and met up with some dear friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Though it was projected to rain all week, it’s been nothing but clear, blue skies and warm sun rays. I printed off my book baby,… Continue Reading “No Rest for the Wicked”

Content edits complete!

I’ve been writing from morning to midnight, on weekends and during breaks from work, powering through the toughest part of my revisions for draft three. I just finished writing a new ending and epilogue and now, as of today, am done with the bulk… Continue Reading “Content edits complete!”


Stressed about all of my edits, this past week I decided to work (for actual money) partial days, half teaching, half writing. I’m so glad I did. Now that I’ve found Ezrah, I’m soaring through chapters, painting in the intricate details and I’m stoked… Continue Reading “THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD WORK. -TE”

“To write is human, to edit is divine.” -SK

After a meeting with my fabulous editors at Author Crash Course on July 12th, I’ve been hard at work on draft three. When I started writing this book last November, I was in such a hurry to get the story out of my head.… Continue Reading ““To write is human, to edit is divine.” -SK”


Rachel Fikes

Like many writers, music is the butter to my bread that nourishes my inspiration and feeds my creative soul. Now, I’m not talking about that margarine-two-molecules-away-from-plastic crap that flies won’t even touch. Good music is like authentic, salty-sweet, melt-in-your-mouth creamy, churned-with-love from a happy… Continue Reading “SUFFUSION: THE SCORE (EEKK!!)”

Finding Ezrah

The dreaded editorial letter came in on Sunday. Good news, I don’t have to rewrite half of my book again. Author Crash Course liked my revisions and loved my world building. But unfortunately, my manuscript still isn’t query-worthy yet. The reason? My protagonist Ezrah… Continue Reading “Finding Ezrah”

The Journey Begins

Good afternoon folks, My fingers itch, my breathing is shallow, and there’s a tightness in my chest. No, I’m not having a heart attack, but this is my first blog. I’m nervous. Why you may ask? Although I’ve enjoyed writing stories the past twenty… Continue Reading “The Journey Begins”