Julie Oldham Writes


No post on Easter Sunday as I was far too busy enjoying family time as we ate our way through a brunch buffet of epic proportions.  To (loosely) quote my nephew: “Jesus didn’t just die on the Cross so we could go to Heaven, He also made it okay to eat bacon.”  Amen to both, Jacob. My epic adventure to Dallas last month left me with more than some new writer friends… Read More

March is only halfway complete and it has already been quite eventful. I took a week of vacation and headed to Dallas for a Writing Enchanting Prose class with David Farland. It was educational, fantastic, fun, and a little terrifying. I met many excellent people and can’t wait to see them again at some future writing event. You can read all about my trip here. Better yet, you can attend a class… Read More

I feel compelled to start this blog post with a special note about my driving record.  It is entirely clean.  No speeding tickets; I’ve never even been pulled over.  My worst “accident” was when I took a corner too hard in my parents’ car at 16 and dented the side on a pole.  I know of at least four times someone has backed into me and one time a friend drove over… Read More

Things are cruising along for this writer!  Last week, I participated in the first-ever CHIPS writing group meeting.  In addition to being educational, it was motivating and I’ve been working ahead on my second draft.  I have nine or ten chapters left on this run through. As an added bonus, that post generated more comments than I’ve ever received!  Record-setting while leveling up = winning. I’ll need a new story idea for… Read More

As far as “stuff I like” goes, Lord of the Rings ranks pretty far up on my list.  I suppose that’s expected given my preferred genre of fantasy, but I like it for so many other reasons. This is the copy of Lord of the Rings I acquired during college, shortly before the movies.  I knew it was a fantasy classic, but I’d never read it.  I blew through it very fast… Read More

We had some lovely weather this week!  I like being warm.  It makes me think of days like this one, when a friend and I went tromping through a state park. Revisions There were no more Legos involved in revising this week.  I read Violence: A Writer’s Guide by Rory Miller.  This was fascinating and gave me a lot of information on how fights really go, though I’m not quite sure how… Read More

I noted Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards was one of my favorite books of 2017, but I have not yet reviewed it.  That changes today! Do you feel awkward at networking events? Do you wonder what your date really thinks of you? Do you wish you could decode people? You need to learn the science of people. As a human behavior hacker, Vanessa Van Edwards created a research lab to study the… Read More

This year brought many changes into my life, from selling my home and moving into an apartment to becoming a cat lady for the first time.  If you’ve been following the blog, you also know it is the year I completed my first draft of The Story.  The Story has been on my mind for over a decade, and all previous attempts to get it down fully have failed.  So I count… Read More

Goodreads informs me I’ve read 53 books this year.  I imagine I might hit 54 by Monday, but we’ll go ahead and look to see how those 53 went.  28 of the books are non-fiction works.  14 have a religious angle, 5 are about writing, and the rest are business or history related.  Of the 15 fiction works, it looks like all are science fiction or fantasy. Non-Fiction.  I read quite a… Read More

What a beautiful start to December!  I live near a park, and this is the view of one of my favorite places on the path.  Go out and enjoy the weather if you’re able! One week since I won NaNoWriMo.  My current word count is 67,246, or around 7,000 words more than last week.  Wondering where the extra 10,000 or so words came from?  I started November with 9,953 words, and added… Read More

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