In Which the Pros Take Criticism

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m not going to write a long post today – just wanted to share a guest post from Kristen Lamb’s blog on a topic I know I have struggled with, and that is taking criticism from readers. A lot of us feel the need to defend our work against criticism, and I … Continue reading

Happy Anniversary to Us

I have been a bad, bad blogger recently. Not that I’ve ever been the example for good bloggers (sporadic posts, much?). But I logged into WordPress today with the intention of writing a quick update, and found a Happy Anniversary notification from WordPress. Apparently, I have been blogging on here, writing flash fiction and book … Continue reading

Book Review: Kraken by China Mieville

I began reading this book with a very little knowledge of what it was about and let me tell you, that just might be the best way to read this book. What’s funny about it is, many of the reviews printed inside the book say that it’s one of the weirdest and scariest books you … Continue reading

In Which I Discover the Night Circus

I am reading an advanced reader’s copy of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I am not finished – I am a mere 200 pages into the book, and I am mesmerized. There’s something about the way it is written, the slow, dreamy pacing and the attention to sensory detail that keeps me reading after I … Continue reading

Writing a Query is Harder Than Writing the Actual Book

And yes. I think this is true. When writing a book, (mostly) the words just come out. You have the immensely enjoyable task of moving the pieces around on the board, of telling them what their next move is, what their next decision will be. Telling the story is an amazing ride and, regardless of … Continue reading

In Which A WIP is Printed

Just printed. Not published, not picked up by an agent or anything like that. Printed in that, I went to Kinko’s and paid them to print it for me so that I can now have people read it, and tell me what they think. It’s sitting on my table right now, all 275 pages of … Continue reading

I’m Important In My Dreams, or, Why I Write

I remember lots of my dreams. Last night, I dreamed that I was a zombie hunter. I had a partner, and together we killed zombies left and right. But then I was bit – and you know what happened? I could still think, could still feel. I’d been killing creatures that still possessed rational thought. … Continue reading

Oh Writing Gods, Why oh Why Must I Use Twitter?

I can’t figure it out. I don’t understand it. Even when it’s explained, it goes in one ear and out the other. Or in one eyeball and out the other, since, you know I’ve been reading how-to’s for the last four hours. I just updated my Twitter page. I think. I haven’t “tweeted” since October … Continue reading

In Which I Am Almost Ready

I have almost finished outlining my new book, the idea for which came upon me suddenly and urgently. I was surprised that I was getting brand new ideas so quickly after finishing my NaNo novel, which I’ve been editing for the last few months. The minute I sent off the first draft for reading by … Continue reading

Dear Writer

Dear Writer, Admit it. You are like me – you love to create. You need it to survive, to continue feeling normal. But you love also the idea of one day seeing your name on a hardcover jacket typed out in a lovely custom font, and several glowing reviews of your novel waiting for the … Continue reading