It's 2018! You know what that means, right? It's time for self-indulgent introspection! Let's start by checking my 2017 resolutions and seeing how I did! My 2017 New Year's Resolutions I did okay! Okay-ish? I did edit my new YA fantasy, the tentatively titled Garden in the Waves. It took WAY longer than I expected, … Continue reading My 2017 Year in Review
It's been a while since my last post! I was in the middle of putting together a new post--a very short post--but thought I should address the elephant in the room: I haven't posted in a while, have I? And... no. I have not. Unfortunately, I am very bad at two things: multitasking and managing … Continue reading Is this blog dusty, or is it just me?
Holy moley, it's been a long time since I've posted here. Hi! I hope everyone reading this had some wonderful holidays! It's December 31st! The end of the year! And I wanted to take this moment to look back at what I accomplished this year. So let's get to it! I read a lot of … Continue reading 2015 Year in Review
I've been querying my YA fantasy novel since September 2014, and oh man, it's been a journey. I'm not quite done, so I can't talk about stats yet, but I can definitely talk about the random things I've learned. Lesson #1: I hate competitions. I really, really, really hate competitions. I've participated in PitMad, Pitch … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Querying
For years, I had an extremely rigid writing schedule: I wrote 2 times a week for about 3 hours at a time. I'd usually do two days writing and one day editing, and I'd write somewhere around 4-5,000 words a week. It worked, it was wonderful, and I kept it going for 7 whole years. … Continue reading In Praise of the One-Hour-a-Day Writing Schedule
I love advice columns. It's a weakness. I have more than enough of my own problems, but I'll still take 15 minutes out of my day to read about someone else's. And one of my favorite advice columns is Slate.com's Dear Prudence. Last month, they posted a video question from a poet and it drove … Continue reading The Wrong Way to be “Inspired to Write”
Woo! I sold my third short story to Triptych Tales last month. (They're also super-duper fast, so it's already available online! It's been up since Sunday, actually. I've just been too sick to celebrate.) I generally write YA fantasy and/or Victoriana, so, it's slightly unusual that this is a contemporary urban fantasy set in Oregon. … Continue reading Esoteric Wildlife – Now Available on Triptych Tales!
Another year has come and (almost) gone! That means it's time for that most precious of all New Year's traditions: Brutal self analysis! ...well, okay. I'll hold the "brutal." Let's just see what I did this year. Reading! I read an awful lot this year. I read 41 books, in fact, and that's pretty darn … Continue reading 2014 Year in Review
Since all my traffic seems to be coming from people looking for NaNoWriMo-related things, I thought I'd wish all you writers good luck! It's the start of a brand new National Novel Writing Month, and while I'm not going to be participating, I can still give the strangers of the internet all my unwelcome advice. … Continue reading Happy NaNoWriMo, Everyone!
Whenever I write novels, I am /incredibly/ obsessed with tracking my word count. This is probably because (as I mentioned before), I once had no idea how long a story should be. The first novel I "finished" was a 120,000 YA story. I wasn't thinking about word count, I was thinking about "chapters." And since … Continue reading My Obsession with Word Counts