WANTED: Sophomore author (early career/emerging author, age and gender not important) seeks mentor (age and gender not important) because this can’t be making it, can it? I’ve been talking with a lot of authors lately. There’s an ongoing discussion about transparency on the internet (it happens every few months, but this one feels different--people are … Continue reading Feeling Adrift in Your Sophomore Year? Same.
I had a busy month, and so I decided to recap it here. This is not intended as a boast, though I suspect I really should tag this humblebrag, but as a way to pull back the veil on...well, work. And I'll be honest about what I accomplished, what I didn't accomplished and should have, … Continue reading January 2018 Recap
This is the fourth and final post in my Year in Review series. It was a rough year. I mean. For basically everyone. Except for those people. They know who they are. They’re almost definitely not reading this post, so I’m not worried. It was a rough year. I attended my first rallies and protests … Continue reading A Year in Review: Personal
A Year In Review: Authorhood I’ve been staring at this screen for 20 minutes, wondering where to start. I don’t know if there are benefits to setting goals in my author life. So, so little in publishing is under your control, and the key to setting goals that are achievable is identifying what is inside … Continue reading A Year in Review: Author Life
I'm going to write four posts reviewing my year. Writing Author Personal Reading I'm splitting it up this way because I think it's important, at least for me, to separate my writing from my authoring. It sounds as if that's impossible, but I am an author because I write. But I am not a writer … Continue reading A Year in Review: Writing
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!
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)
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