Last night, I had one of the most bizarre dreams I can actively recall. I have a fairly active unconscious mind, so I dream often and I dream big. This time? I'm not gonna lie, it was a little frightening and confusing. Here goes: In the dream, I lived in an apartment complex which reminded… Continue reading Killer Dreams
Its no secret that I don't like my kids on social media. I have had absolute creeps around me that try to get to me through my kids, and I watch enough true crime to know how sick people can be. The most recent disgusting thing to have happened was a friend - I don't… Continue reading Mom Thoughts #1
*Please read the full post before commenting and TW: sexual assault* Since I was a toddler, I was used to sexual harassment and assault. I knew it felt wrong, but I didn't know it was wrong for a good long time. I've been molested, raped, assaulted by friends of the family, and still to this… Continue reading Sexual Misconduct in the Writing Community
Do you ever look back and wonder how you got to be where you are, exactly the spot you sit or stand? I know, it's a little early for an existential crisis, Raine, reel it in. A year ago, I was just about to leave my now ex-husband. I was crying almost every single day,… Continue reading No More Boxes
Anytime I tell people what my main genre of writing is (because I can't limit myself to one, but it's the one most of my projects fall under), I get this question: Literally, what the fresh f#%! is a cozy, Raine? I don't really know what folks expect me to say so I always go… Continue reading What are Cozy Mysteries?
There's no doubt that diversity has expanded in mainstream publishing in recent years. We've seen PoC and LGBTQAI+ characters being pushed more, especially in teen lit, which is great. But is it enough? I grew up privileged, yet blind to that privilege, because my hometown was filled with so much culture that it was what… Continue reading Diversity in Books
I've been working on this particular story for months, every chance I get. When I say I have never felt such raw emotions from this book... the situations I've put my characters through have made me deal with my own grief. That's something about being a writer that is so important, necessary even. You have… Continue reading Author Attachment is Real
Today I had to have one of the most heart breaking conversations with my oldest son about his birthday that went something like this: Him: Am I gonna be with you on my birthday? Me: You're gonna be with me, [your step-mom], and your daddy. We'll try to get your brother there too, ok? Him:… Continue reading A Harsh Truth
It's that time of year again. Pumpkin spice lattes are making all of us basic bitches throw on our uggs and flannels... ok, that's a stretch for those of us in the southwest. I wouldn't be caught dead in anything but shorts and tanktops until mid-November when the temperature finally starts to drop. Despite the… Continue reading Fall Into… Me?
I had said something awhile back on twitter about things getting really personal because of catharsis - and I'm also just kind of at that point where I don't give a shit anymore. I no longer have someone else telling me I need to hide the dark parts of me, so here I am, getting… Continue reading I have a commitment problem