“That’s not okay.”

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  “That’s not okay.” Those are three of the most powerful words in your vocabulary. I urge you to use them, even when you’re scared. Even when you’re not entirely sure of the consequence of speaking your mind. Use those words. Speak up. Be brave. Don’t lose hope… even one voice can start a ripple of thought that becomes a revolution powered by compassion and empathy. That could be YOUR voice. Remember that you matter. Your voice matters. You have strength. You’re not a flickering candle. You’re a fucking bonfire. Be brave. Use those words. “That’s not okay.” If you … Read More

Life is an adventure. Which road are you taking?

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Today, I took an adventure. I was supposed to go grocery shopping. But you know how these things go. The GPS said turn left, and I just kinda ignored it. I grabbed an iced tea, two bananas, and drove off for Lake Whatcom. And boy, am I glad I did. Windows down, breeze rolling across my face. Sun glittering overhead. 35 miles per hour. Birds chirping. And a big ole smile on my face. I thought about my writing. About you. About emails, and how I can reach people to make a difference in their lives. To bring joy. Some laughs. … Read More

Boyce Manifesto #2 | You Were Born to Make a Difference

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As we make our way through the adventure called life, we all go through rough patches where the best thing for us is just a little inspiration. I created the Boyce Manifesto to give you that motivational boost everyone needs now and then. There are my twelve mantras to live by, and today I want to share a story about one of them. #2 You Were Born to Make a Difference in this World A dear fan-turned-friend once wrote me a letter. In it, she said the following: Thank you for all that you’ve done for me. It may seem insignificant … Read More

Boyce Manifesto #1 | Mistakes Make Good Stories

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As we make our way through the adventure called life, we all go through rough patches where the best thing for us is just a little inspiration. I created the Boyce Manifesto to give you that motivational boost everyone needs now and then. There are my twelve mantras to live by, and today I want to share a story about one of them. #1: Mistakes Make Good Stories Most great stories worth sharing over cocoa don’t start with everything going right. Conflict is the source of a good story, as most authors are familiar, but what about in life? Is it the … Read More

Worth the Wait – Obstacles of Fantasy Writing

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I thought it might be fun to share a bit about the most difficult scene I’ve ever written in my fantasy writing. The scene that involved the most rewriting was actually the opening to Lichgates, the first book in my young adult fantasy series, the Grimoire Saga. The saga itself is  huge. Though it was originally a trilogy, the series evolved until I couldn’t contain it in just three books. So it’s only natural that it was hard for me to figure out exactly where such a huge story really started. I’ve been writing for most of my life, and in … Read More