I've been thinking a lot about how I work. How I'm most productive. What would help me be most productive and the type of creative person I want to be. This isn't news, if you've read previous posts on this blog. I'm a bit obsessed with this type of self reflection. But I'm going to self-reflect … Continue reading How I Work: Thinking about Process as a Writer with a Dayjob
My monthly newsletter is going out tomorrow so if you haven't signed up for it, I encourage you to do so! It'll be full of NaNoWriMo advice goodness and a giveaway for a new favorite writing craft book! Also, it'll have a little thing to/about Toby, my dog (okay, my parents', but I live with him, so … Continue reading Rabbit Rabbit! Happy November! New Book Deal News!
TW: anxiety, OCD, self-harm, vivid daydreams about bloody ends This is going to be long, and overly honest. It's mostly snapshots of anxiety when it runneth over from the last year. I don't really know why I'm sharing it other than I'm reading Turtles All The Way Down and it's really real, and I appreciate … Continue reading What It’s Like In My Head: Snapshots of an Anxious Mind
Because for at least ten million people, the Nazis did win. And they're still here. They're still promoting an agenda of violence and hate. They still want to kill in the name of their worldview. They have no respect for the rule of law, for human rights, or human dignity. The Nazis lost a war … Continue reading I Strongly Dislike WWII Alternate Histories. Here’s Why.
Me: I should probably blog because I haven't blogged since release day! Me: *checks blog* Me: I...did not blog on release day... Me: WHOOPS. So let's catch up! Below you'll find an update on how debuting has gone, what I'm working on, where I've been, and I answer some questions from readers! Debuting! I have … Continue reading September Update: It’s Been a Whirlwind
I get asked a lot about my research process which is a whole other series of posts, probably. But I do a lot of googling as I write, and I wanted to share a list of things I've googled the last two writing sessions as I work on Book 2 of the Balloonmakers. These are all … Continue reading Peeking Behind the Curtains of Book Research
ONE WEEK until The Girl with the Red Balloon releases! So today I'm bringing you SEVEN COVERS of 99 Red Balloons in celebration of SEVEN DAYS until release! It won't surprise anyone that I have a lot of covers of 99 Red Balloons, the song that inspired The Girl with the Red Balloon. Which one … Continue reading My Favorite Covers of 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons)
Oh my gosh, I'm getting this up on the right day. Wait. It *is* Wednesday, right? I have the days of my week right? Does that tell you how my WIP is going? Or my life? I'm just about 8 days out from release (and Amazon seems to be shipping early) so my brain's a … Continue reading WIP Wednesdays (And It’s Actually Wednesday This Time!)
I love the alliteration of WIP Wednesdays, but for the second week, this is going up on Thursday...oops. Let's jump into a WIP check in! What am I working on? Same as last week! A middle grade novel! It’s about a girl who is the youngest in her family and she doesn’t feel like she … Continue reading WIP Wednesdays #2 (Except Today is Thursday. Again.)
The most frustrating thing about being a writer, I think, isn't publishing, or ideas, or first drafts. The most frustrating thing about being a writer is that when I'm my most vulnerable, most open, most honest, most raw, most needy, most wanting, I am not a writer. I am a reader. The only words I … Continue reading Alien Feelings, Love Lost, and Other People’s Words