Flash Fiction/Story Opening: Crossroads

This is not, actually, flash fiction, but since most of the fiction I post on here is under that umbrella, I thought I’d stick it in there. This is the opening to a story I’ve been toying with for a while. I’m working on Songs For Ghosts right now, so writing the opening to this … Continue reading

The Revision of an Old Story

Well, if I’ve been missing in action for a little while, at least it’s because I’m writing. I finally set a deadline for myself with Gold Valley – the newest rewrite must be finished by June 14th so that I can begin writing a script I’ve been slacking on for several months. It’s a collaboration … Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Beast

It was the hardest choice, and yet, one could argue, there truly was no choice at all. Not for her, not now. The choice had been made for her, years ago, and it was a good choice, and she was grateful for it. And yet. And yet here was a problem, the problem. The only … 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

In Which I Tell You How Writing Saved My Life

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. What began as ten page picture books I’d create on printer paper and staple together soon became an obsession. By the time I was in fifth grade, I was writing twenty page short stories that made my teacher wonder if I even had a … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning and Sweeping Away The Cobwebs

I cleaned our (almost) entire house yesterday. Vacuumed away the construction dust, cleaned all of the kitchen counter tops with vinegar and water, rearranged the furniture in my office to maximize the space, cleaned the bathroom until the dirt caking the base of the tub was gone. I am tired. But I have to tell … Continue reading

Beginnings, Or, What I Learned From NaNoWriMo

I finished the outline for my new book last night and was immediately excited to begin writing. My heart pounded as I wrote the last few bullet points of my outline because the last scene is an intense one, and because I am so ready to write this story. I don’t know how I’ll feel … 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

The Importance of Music When Writing

I’m sure many of you are like me – you create a playlist for each novel you write, or for each character you’ve created, or for each scene in your story. Your playlist helps you get into the right mindset for whatever you are trying to write, helps you remember who your character is, or … Continue reading

In Which There Are New Ideas Brewing

She came to me two days ago. She was unusually beautiful – covered in tattoos and possessing a devil-may-care attitude, she woke me up early in the morning and let me know she’d arrived. Her name is Violet. She knows who she is, or at least it appears to everyone around her that she does. … Continue reading