So I know I posted two weeks ago all ready to start blogging more regularly and all that... then dropped off the face of the earth! Well, my sister got married (I was the maid of honor)...And me and my two roommates moved...But now I'm back! And just in time to enter Auntie B's Book … Continue reading Auntie B’s Book Club Contest
I'm so nervous happy to tell y'all that my first official post is up over at the YAtopia blog. It's a "gentle kick in the rear" kind of post targeted at newer writers, but I hope you'll pop on over and read it! (and comment!)
I've been waiting for a while to make this announcement and I'm so excited to share this with y'all! Starting the first week of 2011, I will be one of eight contributors to a new YA blog: YAtopia.What is YAtopia? We're eight writers passionate about Young Adult literature in all shapes and sizes. We'll be … Continue reading YAtopia!
Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?Oh man! I could write 20 pages on this, but I’ll try to spare y’all and keep it as succinct as possible.The one that’s had the biggest impact on me … Continue reading Communit(ies)
Writing. What do you do each day that doesn't contribute to your writing -- and can you eliminate it? First, I’m not a big fan of this prompt. I know most of us doing #reverb10 are writers, but there are many who aren’t. So for those who aren’t, I hope you’ll replace the word “writing” … Continue reading Everything Contributes
I’m querying right now, so I’m sorry, but it’s all I can think about. Last night I had my SFF crit group look over my first ten pages again.One guy didn’t like the way I introduced the characters. He wanted more info about why they treat each other the way they do in the opening … Continue reading It’s All Subjective. Really.
I started querying THE DEMONS YOU KNOW... on November 2nd. That's exactly two weeks ago. I know it doesn't seem like a long time, especially in the glacially slow publishing world, but in waiting-to-hear-back-on-my-query time, it's like a gazillion years. Seriously, it took me about an hour to press that "send" button for the first … Continue reading It’s As Bad As You Think It Will Be…
There are some shining gems of writerly advice put forth so often we’ve begun to think of them as “rules.” Whether you’ve been stalking book industry blogs since before Miss Snark began offering her gin-fueled snarkery or this is your first week reading about writing, you’ve heard these all before. But before you follow one … Continue reading 100% Absolutely True Advice You Should Occasionally Ignore
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is one week away and I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts and tweets about it. Most of them are full of excitement, but many from publishing industry folks seem intent on casting a dark cloud over the event. They all sound something like this: “Well, I guess, maybe, … Continue reading In Defense of NaNoWriMo or "Don’t Playa-hate*, participate"
I’m about to start writing my first other-world fantasy (not High Fantasy) and I’m realizing that it’s going to be more work than I thought before I start writing the story. This is my third book, but the first two are urban fantasies. I’m a pantser, so I don’t really plan my stories, but I … Continue reading So Many New Questions