author * dreamer * creator

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere." ~ Carl Sagan

A Little Writing Retreat

I’m very excited to announce the change in venue for Cascade Writers this year. We are going back to a smaller, more intimate setting, with a view of the Puget Sound. Cascade Writers offers Milford-Style workshopping, a chance to meet professionals in the industry, and opportunities to connect with authors ranging from new to experienced. This year, we are also… Read more →


November is NaNoWriMo, a month for writing a novel. I won’t be keeping track on the official website as I missed four days, but I have written each day and will continue to crank out words until the end of this month. My goal is 70k words. So far, I’ve done 5k. Which means I will be picking up the… Read more →

Me and PTSD

On September 22, as my birthday bell chimes annoyingly loud, screaming that I’ve reached my next year of life, I will have more to celebrate than just my day of birth. It was around this time last year when a friend of mine, in a very nice way, said, “Sorry, Alaina, but this sounds like PTSD.” At first, I was… Read more →

My Writing Process

As Much as I would love to say that I sit down and brainstorm, then create a world, then outline before finally beginning, I don’t do that. It has been suggested that I write a chapter -1, then 0, then the first actual chapter in the novel, but even that hasn’t worked for me. The best way for me is… Read more →